Prior to his appointment at MICA, Gaskins has been on the faculty of Department of Art at Cornell University, the School of Art, Media & Technology, Art & Design History & Theory at Parsons School of Design, and the School for Public Engagement at The New School University, the Department of Photography School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He is acknowledged by students and peers for his engaged, informed and inspired teaching as winner of the Watts Prize for Faculty Excellence at the Cornell University Department of Art, and the University Distinguished Teaching Award at the New School University.
As an artist working in photography, cinema, and non-fiction writing, the work of Bill Gaskins is based on a personal, social, professional, and academic foundation informed by the history of photography and art, and American and African American Studies scholarship. A critical entry point for his work is his interest in the myths of photography and American life through depictions of race in visual culture.
He is the author of the groundbreaking monograph, Good & Bad Hair: Photographs by Bill Gaskins and has published essays and reviews in numerous journals including, The Society of Contemporary Craft, Artsy, and Exposure: The Journal of The Society of Photographic Education, among others. His relevance as a contemporary artist garners attention through books, exhibition catalogs, solo and group exhibitions at major venues including the Crocker Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Smithsonian Institution.