Billy J. McCarroll lives in Lethbridge, Alberta were he continues his practice in art and music. He immigrated to Canada in 1971 and has taught and served in various administrative positions as a member of the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Art. From 1972-1982 He was Director/Curator of the University Art Gallery and visiting artist coordinator. As a member of the University Art Advisory he was influential in establishing early collection policies. From 1991-1996 He served as Chair of Visual Arts.
McCarroll has exhibited widely and is included in many important collections both private and institutional. He retired in 1997 but continued teaching part time until the year 2000. He currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge and was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2009. McCarroll's work is the subject a major survey exhibition being held at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Helen Christou Gallery at the University of Lethbridge featuring work from the past forty years of his practice.