William Rhodes began his creative journey at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  He then earned a BA in Furniture Building and Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. His creative works are in the collections of various galleries and museums and have been featured in several major publications. Rhodes strives to blend fine craft, sculpture and design with meaning and function. His art has been strongly influenced by his travels, particularly to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. This allows the work to explore themes of hidden knowledge, iconographic imagery and form, and variation in meaning depending on the cultural context. Explorations into the contrast between these traditional cultures and our modern one have also added depth to the narrative quality to Rhodes’ work. William Rhodes dedicates part of his time to educating people about art through his community-based projects. His teaching allows him to give back to the community and participate in artistic synergy. Rhodes is also the co-founder of a Black art collective in San Francisco. The 3.9 Art Collective was formed in 2011 in response to the declining Black population in San Francisco.