William T. Williams: Chronology

(Abbreviated)

1942

Born, Cross Creek, North Carolina

1948

Family moved from North Carolina to the New York City area

1957

Attended High School of Industrial Arts, NYC.

(Currently the High School of Art and Design)

1960

Attended the New York City Community College, Brooklyn, NY. (AAS/Graphic Arts).

1962

Attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (BFA/Painting)

1965

Recieved a National Endowment for the Arts Travel Grant.

Attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.

1968

Graduated from Yale University, New Haven, CT (MFA/Painting)

Established his studio at 654 Broadway, NYC

1969

Group exhibitions. New Aquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Young Artists from the Charles Coles Collection, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Inaugural Exhibition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; and X to the Forth Power, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC.

Elbert Jackson L.A.M.F., Part II, painting, 1969, acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

1970

Group Exhibition: L'Art Vivant Aux Etats-Unis. Aimé and Marguerite Maeght Foundation, Saint-Paul, France.

Received a National Endowment for the Visual Arts Individual Artist Awawrd for Painting.

1971

Solo exhibition. William T. Williams. The Reese Palley Gallery, NYC.

Joined the faculty at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York.

1975

Participated in artist in residence program, Fisk University, Nashville, TN.

1977

Participated in The Second World Festival of Black Art and African Culture, Lagos, Nigeria.

Began the Diamond in a Box series, while printing at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NYC.

1987

Group exhibition: The Art of Black America in Japan. Tokyo, Japan.

Received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

 

1991

Solo exhibition. Fourteen Paintings. The Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, NJ.

Group exhibition. Espiritu & Materia. The Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela.

1992

Received The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist's Award.

1994

Received a grant National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship.

1999

Group traveling exhibition. To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Presented at: The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Duke University, Durham, NC; Fisk University, Nashville, TN; and Hampton University, Hampton, VA.

2002

Group exhibition. Successions: Prints by African American Artist from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection. The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

2003

Guest lecture. Bearden Remembered. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

2005

Received the James Van Dee Zee Award from the Brandywine Workshop from lifetime achievement in the arts.

2006

Received the North Carolina Governors Award for the Fine Arts.

2007

Group exhibition. What is Painting? The Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

2008

Group exhibition. Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection. The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Completed Karen's Tale and Bee's Quest serigraphs, editions 20/50 and 20/25, respectively. Commissioned by the David C. Driskell Center and printed with master printmaker Professor Curlee Raven Holton at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

Conversations: Among Friends, Friends, Featuring William T. Williams and Lowery Stokes Sims, Collectable Essay by Kellie Jones. Presented on October 7, 2008, by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

2009

Solo exhibition. Theme and Variations: William T. Williams. Morris R. Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

Group exhibition. Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art. The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

2010

Solo exhibition. William T. Williams: Variations on Themes. The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.