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Makers in Their Spaces | Charles Edward Williams

Saturday, August 1, 2020

11 AM


“Makers in Their Spaces,” is an online offering in which MMA’s virtual participants are invited into the creative space—physical, mental, social, or otherwise -- of a maker, thereby giving them unique insight into how that particular artist draws inspiration from their surroundings during this time. In this installment, we are excited to feature artist Charles Edward Williams (@charlesedwill84), a multi-disciplinary artist whose work expands drawings, oil paintings, video/film, and sound installations. Williams is the current Center for Art & Public Exchange in-state resident for McComb, and uses his artistic skills and creative process to explore narratives of the past and present. Join us as we explore Williams’s studio, and learn more about his current projects. After viewing the video, please join us on Monday, August 3, at 6 PM on the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Instagram (@msmuseumart) for our live conversation with Williams. This video was edited by Robin Martéa (@robinmartea).

About Charles Edward Williams: Williams is a contemporary visual artist from Georgetown, SC, and holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA, and an MFA at the University of North Carolina (UNCG) in Greensboro, NC. Creating compelling imagery in oils, video/film, and sound installations, Williams’s work investigates current, historical-cultural events related to racism, and to suggestive stereotypes formed within individuals. His works define self–representation of human emotive responses that lie within cultural identity, and reveal tension to expose the complexities within our socio political environments. Through his visions, we are encouraged to engage in self-examination, to question false boundaries that separate us, and view the interconnectedness of our common existence.

Williams has attended summer artist residencies at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA), SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico), the Gibbes Museum (Charleston, SC), and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC). Solo exhibitions include ”Swim: An Artist’s Journey” at the Myrtle Beach Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), “SUN + LIGHT” at Residency Art gallery (Inglewood, LA), “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” (Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC), and “Swim” at Morton Fine Art (Washington, DC). His work was also recently exhibited at Aqua and Scope Art Fair / Art Basel (Miami, FL). Group exhibitions include the Weatherspoon Museum (Greensboro, NC), the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), Tiger Strike Asteroid Project space (Philadelphia, PA) and other national institutions.

Works have been reviewed in local and national publications and media, which include the Washington Post, NPR, and South Carolina’s ETV network (PBS affiliate). Permanent collections include the North Carolina Museum of Art (NC), the Gibbes Museum (SC), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art (NJ). Williams also received the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Award from the State of South Carolina for the development of enriching art programs within local communities.