Texas-born, San Francisco exiled, and confirmed tramp, Bill Daniel continues to experiment with survivalism and bricolage in his attempts to record and report on the various social margins he finds himself in. Currently based on the Texas gulf coast, Daniel divides his time between Texas and touring.
Daniel's work has received awards from Creative Capital, Film Arts Foundation, The Pioneer Fund, Texas Filmmaker Production Fund, the R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, and The Western States Media Alliance. He was a Wattis Foundation artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where his installation "Souls Harbor" was exhibited in Dec. In 1999 he was in-residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts where he produced several multi-projection 16mm film installations, including "Trespassing Sign" in collaboration with the late Margaret Kilgallen. In 2001 his hobo campfire installation "The Girl on the Train in the Moon" was included in "Widely Unknown" at Deitch Projects in New York. A veteran of the touring circuit, Daniel has programmed, booked and exhibited several mobile art shows. In 1997-98 he curated a weekly screening series, Funhouse Cinema, in Austin, that also weekly screened in Houston and San Antonio. Daniel is also recognized for his work as cinematographer and editor for filmmaker Craig Baldwin. Other endeavors include zines--contributing photography to The Western Roundup, a punk fanzine in 1981-82 designed by Michael Nott, and publishing/editing Detour, a situationist journal, in 1986. He is also the creator of an experimental sports league, The Texas Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Hockey Association.
Bill Daniel was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. He has exhibited film, photography and installation work at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sweets Lounge, Biloxi, MS; The New Museum, New York; Wayward Council, Gainesville, FL; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; 24/7 House, Columbus, OH; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Beehive Collective, Machias, ME; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Sky High Skateboards, Milwaukee, WI; IFFR, Rotterdam; OKC Infoshop, Oklahoma City; Redcat, Los Angeles; Moose Lodge #1735, Austin, TX; Deitch Projects, New York; Railroad Blues, Alpine, TX; Sluggos, Pensacola, FL; The Smell, Los Angeles; Plan B, New Orleans, and several hundred others.