William Forrestall is a nationaly recognized artist with an extensive exhibition record of over 150 solo and group exhibitions. He teaches part time in the Fine Arts program at St. Thomas University.
He has been responsible for the initiation and development of numerous art projects, lectures, publications, and cultural projects including the conception and planning of the Fred Ross mural restoration project at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the book Redeemed; Restoring the Lost Fred Ross Mural, with essays by Charles Hill, Virgil Hammock, Tom Smart and John Leroux.
He is a member of the AICA International Association of Art Critics and has developed numerous group and solo exhibitions as curator and director of the Yellow Box Gallery at St. Thomas University.
In 2011 William Forrestall was the first artist to receive a federal Governor In Council appointment to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore affirmed Forrestall’s appointment was based on his experience as a nationally recognized artist and educator.
The board acts as administrative tribunal appraising the aesthetic, cultural and monetary value of Canadian art and artifacts donated to galleries and museums. During Forrestall’s tenure the board adjudicated the disposition of over 800 million dollars of art, and artifacts to designated institutions. William Forrestall was reappointed in 2014.