William T. Williams: Chronology



Born, Cross Creek, North Carolina


Family moved from North Carolina to the New York City area


Attended High School of Industrial Arts, NYC.

(Currently the High School of Art and Design)


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


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


Recieved a National Endowment for the Arts Travel Grant.

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


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

Established his studio at 654 Broadway, NYC


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.


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.


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

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


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


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.


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

Received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.



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

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


Received The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist's Award.


Received a grant National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship.


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.


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


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


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


Received the North Carolina Governors Award for the Fine Arts.


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


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.


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.


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