Congratulations to alum Antoine Williams, who was just selected for a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant!
Antoine Williams’ mixed-media work investigates his cultural identity by exploring the perception of signs within society. Heavily influenced by science fiction, hip-hop, and his rural, working-class upbringing in Red Springs, North Carolina, Antoine has created his own mythology about the complexities of contemporary Black life. An artist-educator, Antoine received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and his MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill. He helped start the God City Art Collective in Charlotte, where he participated in a number of socially-engaged, community-based art projects, such as pop-up art shows, afterschool art programs, underground rap shows, and film festivals. He has exhibited his work widely, including at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; 21c Museum, Durham; among many other venues throughout the Southeast. Williams is an assistant professor of art at Guilford College.
More info and image of his work can be found here.