William J. O’Brien was born in 1975 in Eastlake, Ohio. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1997 with a BA in Studio Art, continuing his education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies in 2005. The artist’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Miami Art Museum, Florida; and The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. O’Brien has exhibited at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago (2011) and The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas (2012). The artist’s first major survey exhibition, curated by Naomi Beckwith, was in January 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The artist lives and works in Chicago.