Boepple studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the Rhode Island School of Design and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He holds his BFA from City College of the City University of New York and has served as a faculty member at Bennington College and at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Special awards and honours include National Academy Election, 2010 and Royal Society of British Sculptors, London Elected Fellow, 2001. He serves on the boards of the National Academy of Design and the Vermont Studio Center. In addition to an impressive exhibition record spanning over thirty years, the artist’s work is found in a number of key museum collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The National Gallery of Kenya, Nairobi and the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York among others.
Recent solo shows include Reeves Contemporary, MASS MoCA Way, North Adams MA, 2018; FX Fowle Architects Gallery, New York, 2017; Broadbent Gallery, London, 2017; John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York, 2016; Maddox Arts, London, 2015 and at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, 2014 in conjunction with the launch of the Lund Humphries monograph, The Sense of Things: Willard Boepple Sculpture; Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, 2012; Johnson State College, Johnson, VT, 2012; Century Association, New York, 2010; Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, 2008-2009; Broadbent, London, 2007–08; Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, New York, 2007-2008; London Art Fair, 2006; Salander O'Reilly, New York, 2004; Broadbent, London, 2003 and 2001; Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton Four Corners, RI, 2001; Tricia Collins Contemporary Art, New York, 2000.
Select group shows include Nassau County Museum, Roslyn Harbor, New York, 2018; Art 3, New York, 2017; Walpole, New Hampshire, 2016; National Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition, New York, 2015; Zurcher Gallery, New York, 2014; Freedman Art, New York, 2014; National Academy Museum, New York, 2014; Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, 2013-2011, 2009, 2007; Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, 2013; The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 2013; Poussin Gallery, London, 2011; Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, New York, 2010; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, 2011; Palitz Gallery, Syracuse University Lubin House, 2010.