About

William L. Fox is founding Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, and has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer.

Fox has researched and written books set in the extreme environments of the Antarctic, the Arctic, Chile, Nepal, and other locations. He has published sixteen books on cognition and landscape, hundreds of essays in art monographs, magazines and journals, and fifteen collections of poetry. Among his nonfiction titles are Aereality: On the World from Above; Terra Antarctica: Looking Into the Emptiest Continent; In the Desert of Desire: Las Vegas and the Culture of Spectacle; The Void, the Grid, and the Sign: Traversing the Great Basin, and most recently Michael Heizer: The Once and Future Monuments. Fox is also an artist who has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in eight countries since 1974. He was twice a Lannan Foundation Writer in Residence.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Artforum and Nature have reviewed Fox’s work. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Clark Art Institute, the Australian National University, National Museum of Australia, and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Fox serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Archaeologies of Landscape in the Americas book series and ARID: Journal of Desert Art, Design & Ecology.

In younger days Fox was an accomplished climber, serving as a stuntman in a James Bond movie and leading multi-week treks in Nepal. He also co-owned an outdoor retail store for many years and taught rock climbing at the University of Nevada Reno.  He still lives in Reno and is father to two sons.

William L. Fox, art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer.
Bill Fox in Antarctica, 2002