Amanda Williams
Public Artist
Chicago, IL
2018 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect. Her practice blurs the distinction between art and architecture through works that employ color as a way to draw attention to the political complexities of race, place and value in cities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshapen most inner cities. Williams’ installations, paintings, video, and works on paper seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar, and in the process, raise questions about the state of urban space in America.

Williams has exhibited widely, including the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. She is a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors grantee, an Efroymson Family Arts Fellow, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and a member of the multidisciplinary exhibition design team for the Obama Presidential Center. She has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and works on Chicago’s south side.

Portrait photo by Tony Smith.
  • Artwork by Amanda Williams
    Color(ed) Theory: Crown Royal Bag, vacated house, latex paint, dimensions variable, 2015. Photo by Michael Sullivan.
  • Artwork by Amanda Williams
    Uppity Negress (detail), painted aluminum, nylon, black lava rock, 2017.
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