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Bernard Williams

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Bernard Williams Biography
1987   Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
1988   University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois BFA
1990   Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois MFA
1990   The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida
1990 - 1998   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2-D drawing
1999 - 2000   Residency, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
2001   Grant Recipient, ARTADIA, New York,NY
2002   Cortland College, Cortland, NY
2002 - 2003   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Instructor: Mural painting
2003   Grant Recipient, Illinois Arts Council, Award
2003 - 2004   Residency, Fine Arts Workshop Center, Provincetown, MA
2006   Residency, Painter’s Edge, Idyllwild, CA
2006   Residency, Kohler Art Center, Iron Casting
2007   Grant Recipient, Illinois Arts Council
2007   Residency, Cooper Union, summer, NY,
1992 - pres   Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG), Muralist, mural restoration


       2012             Grant Recepient, Illinois Arts Council

Selected Exhibitions


2011             Solo Exhibition, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago,IL




2008   Group Show (Buffalo Chart), Remix, Art Gallery of Ontario, Tronto
2008   Group Show, Across the Divide, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL travel, Chicago
2008   Group Show, Remix, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY
2008   Solo Show, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
2007   Group Show, Remix, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2007   Solo Show, New Sculptures/ The Architect’s Table, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007   Publication, New American Painters, curated publication, Midwest U.S., 2007
2006   Group Show, Intersections, Kohler Art Center, Kohler, Wisconsin
2005   Group Show, Two Continents and Beyond: Waterways, independent project of 9th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
2005   Solo Exhibition, WOOD WORDS & LINES, sculpture installation, Indiana University-Gary
2005   Solo Exhibition, sculpture and wall installation, Chapman University, Orange, CA
2005   Sculpture On The Grounds, one year outdoor sculpture installation, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
2005   Legendary Tales, solo exhibition, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005   The Ornamental Systems of Louis Sullivan, new sculpture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2005   Art LA, Exhibiting with Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NYC, Los Angeles, CA A War Like People, group show, curator Lara Taubman, Phoenix, AZ
2004   Solo Show, Painting and Sculpture, I SPACE, Chicago, IL
2004   Scope Art Expo (NYC-MIAMI), represented by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY
2004   Mural Commission, collaboration with students, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN Solo Show, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2003   Installation, Southern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
2003   Solo Show, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois Univ.,
2003   Mural Restoration Commission, sponsored by The Chicago Public Art Group, Bank One, Chicago, IL
2002   2 person Show, Beyond Stereotype, Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY College at Cortland, Cortland, NY
2002   Mural Commission, Robinson Community Learning Center, South Bend, IN, sponsored by The Snite Museum
2002   Solo Show, African-American Museum in Dallas, TX (September)
2001   New Paintings, Jan Cicero Gallery Chicago, IL
2001   Mississippi Museum of Art
2001   2 Views, University of Alabama
2001   Creative Arts Workshop New Haven, CT
2000   Charting America, Valparaiso University Indiana
2000   Mural Commission, collaboration with students at Earle Elementary School
2000   Group Show/ Traveling, Our New Day Begun, African-American Artists Entering the Millennium (LBJ Library-Museum in Austin, African-American Museum in Dallas, Texas Southern Univ. in Houston), catalog
1999   Columbia College Chicago, IL
1999   Jan Cicero Gallery Chicago, IL
1999   Eiteljorg Museum Indianapolis, IN
1998   Snite Museum Southbend, IN
1997   Jan Cicero Gallery Chicago, IL
Recent Exhibits

Bernard Williams participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2015 EXPO CHICAGO with Thomas McCormick Gallery
Navy Pier’s Festival Hall
Sep, 2015 Necessary Force: Art in the Police State
University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus)
Navy Pier’s Festival Hall
Jun, 2014 The Dark Come Down
McCormick Gallery
Nov, 2013 Fall Open Studios Preview Benefit
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
Aug, 2012 Fresh Abstraction – Selections from the McCormick Gallery
The Art Center - Highland Park
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