Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Amanda Williams

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Amanda Williams

Chicago, IL
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Amanda Williams was raised in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood and attended Cornell University. She has lectured widely on the relationships between art, race, and urbanism. Williams was recently selected as part of the ensemble representing the U.S. in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2017, she was named to the multidisciplinary Exhibition Design team for the Obama Presidential Center and also awarded an Efroymson Family Contemporary Arts Fellowship. Amanda has had solo exhibitions and site-specific installations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as several site-specific public art installations through the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s PXSTL project in St Louis, and Monique Meloche Gallery. Williams previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University and will be a Visiting Faculty member at Cornell University in Spring 2018. She lives and works on Chicago’s south side.


“As a trained architect and visual artist, I am as committed to questions about paint as I am to questions about space. I make art that uses color as a lens to highlight the complexities of the politics of race, place, and value in cities.”


  • Color(ed) Theory: Flamin' Red Hots, October, 2015, latex paint, vacated home, variable dimensions

  • A Way, Away (Listen While I Say): Marking, March, 2017, gold latex paint, 1 story brick building, 60 x 15 x 154 feet

  • Its a Gold Mine/Is the Gold Mine?, 2016-2017, Imitation gold leaf on salvaged Chicago brick and, 48 x 40 x 20 inches

  • She's Mighty Mighty Just Letting It All Hang Out, 2017, salvaged 

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.