Curriculum Vitae

Michael Kelly Williams

EDUCATION

Cass Technical High School, Art, Detroit, Michigan, 1968

B.F.A. in Printmaking, University of Michigan, 1975 cum laude

Krishna Reddy Atelier, New York University, 1982

Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, 1979-1983

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1988

M.F.A. in Sculpture, Brooklyn College, 1996

ONE MAN SHOWS

Muse to Muse, The Carr Center, Detroit, Michigan, 2017

Found and Funky, Materials for the Arts Gallery, Long Island City, New York, 2016

Artwork by Michael Kelly Williams, Lincoln Medical Center Exhibition Hall, Bronx, New York, 2016

Works on Paper, chashama 461 Gallery, New York, New York, 2015

A Look Back, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, New York, New York, 2011

Live from New York, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 2010

Works on Paper: a Retrospective, York College Gallery, Jamaica, New York, 2005

Homecoming, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 2003

Retrospective, John Jay College Art Gallery, New York, New York, 1997

That Second Set, Jamaica Art Center, New York, New York, 1994

New Works, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 1992

New Works, June Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, 1991

Celebration, Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, 1991

Myth and Music, June Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, 1988

Michael Kelly Williams Monoprints, Cinque Gallery, New York, New York, 1987

Monoprints and Sculpture, DeLawrence Maine Gallery, New York, New York, 1986

Solo Show, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 1986

Sculpture and Prints, John Jay College, New York, New York, 1986

Solo Show, Detroit, Michigan, Front Room Gallery, 1985

Michael Kelly Williams, Bronx Museum Satellite Gallery, New York, New York, 1985

Michael Kelly Williams, Paul Robeson Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 1978

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, 2017

The Detroit Diaspora, The Carr Center, Detroit, Michigan, 2017

Uptown, Wallach Art Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York, New York, 2017

Institutional Memory: 35mm Slides from the Met’s Collection Reimaginesd, Materials for the Arts
Gallery, Long Island City, New York, 2017

Winter Workspace Session 2 Open House, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, New York, 2017

Seed for History and Form – Tebhaga, Aicon Gallery, New York, New York, 2017

Bombay Black, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India, 2017

Legacy of Leadership, Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York, New York, 2016

Dreamers, Harlem Properties, New York, New York, 2016

Collect: The Power of Knowing, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, 2015–2016

chashama 461 Final Exhibition, New York, New York, 2015

Twofold: Artist-Teacher, Teacher-Artist, The Gallery at Industry City, Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn, New York, 2015

art of the 5: we’ll take manhattan, The Galleries at The Interchurch Center, New York, New York, 2015

Reflections of Monk: Inspired Images of Music and Moods II, Dwyer Cultural Center, New York, New York, 2014

Hand-Pull: the Art of Printmaking, Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York, New York, 2013-2014

Curate NYC, Gallery @ 139 Bay, Staten Island, New York, 2013

Lasting Impressions of Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 2013

Small Wonders, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 2013

Reflections of Monk: Inspired Images of Music and Moods, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, New York, New York, 2012

Prints of the Masters, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

The Sound of Blackness, The Dorsey Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

Crossing the Line: African American Artists in the Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis, Jr. Collection, Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, 2007

Tuttavia Povero!, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Asbury Park, New Jersey, 2007

20th-Century African American Art from the George and Joyce Wein Collection: Syncopated Rhythms, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 2005-2006

Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit, UBS Art Gallery, New York, New York, 2005

Fifty Years of Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop: Creative Space, The Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2003

Masters of the Quilt, American Vision 145, New York, New York, 2001

Black New York Artist of the 20th Century, Selections from the Schomburg Center Collections, New York, New York, 1998-1999

Till Spring Thaw, Aquamarine Sculpture Garden, New York, New York, 1996-1997

25 years of African-American Art organized by The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York, 1994-1997
Exhibition Tour Itinerary: The Lowe Art Gallery, University of Miami, Florida
To: The Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, among others.

Forms with an Attitude, One Night Stand Gallery and 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, New York, 1996

Art en Route, Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, New York,  1995

Crossroads: Dedicated to the Memory of Nadine DeLawrence, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York, 1993

Family Ties, show included father, Kelly Williams, Krasdale Foods Gallery, Bronx, New York, 1993

Public Art in the Bronx, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, 1993

Poetic Utility, Jamaica Art Center, Jamaica, New York, 1992

Recent Acquisitions, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, 1992

Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, Beach Institute, King-Tisdell Museum, Savannah, Georgia, 1991

Recent Acquisitions, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York, 1991

Figurative Art, 843 Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 1990

Made in the Bronx, The City Gallery of New York, New York, New York, 1989

63rd International Competition, The Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1988

Michael Kelly Williams and Colin Chase, The Interchurch Center, New York, New York, 1988

Inspirations, Gallery M, New York, New York, 1987

Works on Paper, June Kelly Gallery, New York, New York, 1987

Share the Memories, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, 1987

Celebration, AT&T Corporate Education Center, Hopewell, New Jersey, 1987

The Art of Black America in Japan, Tokyo and Chiba, Japan, 1987

Two Person Show with Theresa Ramey, Harris Brown Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1986

New Impressions, P.S. 39 Gallery, Bronx, New York, 1986

Images of Jazz, The Harley School, Rochester, New York, 1985

Tribute-Robert Blackburn, A.C.B.A.W, Mount Vernon, New York, 1985

Art Works in City Spaces, The Tweed Court House, New York, New York, 1985

Affirmations of Life, Kenkeleba House, New York, New York, 1984

African World Festival, Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan, 1984

Juss Jazz, Kenkeleba House, New York, New York, 1983

International Print Exhibition, Roi Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China, 1983

Creativite et Developpement, Moussem Culturel D’ Asilah, Museum of Contemporary Art, Asilah, Morocco, 1983

PRINTS USA 1982, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, New York, New York, 1982

Printmakers, Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 1982

2nd annual Atlanta Life National Competition, Atlanta, Georgia, 1981

Summer Festival, Spectrum Gallery, New Rochelle, New York, 1981

Ma Sais, Salon d’ Afrique, New York, New York, 1980

Black American and Third World Artist, Yolissa House, New York, New York, 1980

Pittsburgh Print Group 79, The Arts and Crafts Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1979

Group Exhibition N.C.A., Your Heritage House, Detroit, Michigan, 1979

Kwanza, Detroit N.C.A., African American Museum, Detroit, Michigan, 1978

Anything on Paper, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, 1978

Moyo Royo, Trotter House Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1977

Society of Illustrators 18, Gallery of the Society of Illustrators, New York, New York, 1976

Invitational Art Exhibit, Afro American Cultural Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1975

Kumba na Ujima, Trotter House Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1975

Group Show, Michigan Union Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1973

Art-Jazz, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, 1971

PUBLIC ART AND COMMISSIONS

May 2016 to March 2017 Sculpture, Liturgy for Lenox Lounge
Commissioned by NYC Department of Transportation, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance,
and FLUX Art Fair
Located at Lenox Avenue meridian at 124th Street

1995 Two Permanent Glass Mosaic Murals and 8 Permanent Glass Mosaic Panels, Reach For A Star
Commissioned by The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York City School Construction Authority, and The New York City Board of Education for the new addition to P.S. 82 Hammond, 88-02 144th Street, Queens, New York

1991 Two Permanent Glass Mosaic Murals, The EL
Commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Authority – Arts for Transit
Located at the Intervale Subway Station, 2 and 5 lines, Bronx, New York

1983 Bronze Reliefs
Commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts to design “The Bronx Recognition Awards”

ART DIRECTION, FILM
Daughters of the Dust
PBS-American Playhouse Production, directed by Julie Dash
Screen debut 1991; television debut 1992

AWARDS

Artist-in-Residence, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop at the Elizabeth Foundation, New York, New York, 2017

Winter Workspace Artist, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York, 2017

Artist-in-Residence, Materials for the Arts, Long Island City, New York, 2016-2017

West Harlem Development Corporation Grant, New York, New York, 2015

Artist Equity Grant and the Printmaking Workshop, Invited to attend the Fifth International Biennale held in Cairo, Egypt, December 9-18, 1994

Skowhegan Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, 1988

The Ann and Donald W. McPhail Philadelphia Museum Purchase Award, 1987

Artist-in-Residence, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 1986-1987

The Print Club Selection Award, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987

Artist-in-Residence, The New York State Council on the Arts, 1984

Jerome Foundation Grant, The Printmaking Workshop, 1984

Asilah Fellowship and Residency, Asilah, Morocco, Invited to the International Symposium of Artists, Writers and Filmmakers, Moussem Culturel d’Asilah, Palace of Raissouni, July and August, 1983

Etruscan Foundation Grant and Residency, Wayne State University and The Etruscan Foundation, Santa Lucia di Rosia, Siena, Italy, 1972

SELECTED WORKSHOPS AND PANEL PRESENTATIONS

January 19, 2017
MFTA Third Thursday: Printmaking with Michael Kelly Williams
Materials for the Arts, Long Island City, New York

May 18, 2016
Artist Talk
Dreamers and FLUX Art Fair
Harlem Properties, New York, New York
with Jordan Baker-Caldwell, Stan Squirewell, and Moderator – Leanne Stella

October 24, 2015
Found Materials Collagraph Workshop
The Gallery at Industry City, Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn, New York

October 15, 2015
BX200 Visual Artist Studios
Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York

April 11, 18 and 25, 2015
Printmaking Workshops for Adults
The LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York, New York

February 8, 15 and 22, 2014
Printmaking Workshops for Adults
The LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York, New York

September 28, 2013
Lecture
Lasting Impressions of Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop
Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

September 11, 1997
Round Table Discussion
Interdependence: The Emerging Artist, the Museum and Critical Attention
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York
Moderator – Valerie J. Mercer, Vladmir Cybil, Gregory Coates, June Clark, Cynthia Lovett, and Calvin Reed

1994
Artist Teacher
William Sidney Mount: Images of 19th Century American Life
The Stony Brook Museum, Stony Brook, New York
Teacher Training Workshop – a one day hands on printmaking workshop in a number of techniques for teachers

November 6, 1993
Panelist
Bronx Public Art: Artist and the Community
Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York
Moderator – Prof. Sally Webster, Alice Adams, John Ahearn, Rigoberto Torres, Jackie Ferrara, Luis Jimeneze, Komar and Melamid, Tim Rollins, and Jorge Tacla

March 3, 1988
Seminar
The Fine Art of Print Collecting
Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, New York, New York
A workshop for The Studio Museum in Harlem in the making collecting and care of prints

November 10, 1988
Panel Discussion
The Artist and the Institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Moderator – William T. Williams, Candida Alvarez, Tyrone Mitchell, and Candice Hill-Montgomery

January 12 through 15, 1988
Mono-Print Workshop, Art Exhibit and Gallery Talk
Bristol Campus Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York

April 4 through June 6, 1988
Ten Week Woodcut Workshop
Lower East Side Printshop, Supervisor – Susan Crowe

August 1 through October 3, 1988
Ten Week Engraving Workshop
Lower East Side Printshop, Supervisor – Susan Crowe

October 18, 1987
Speaking about the Work
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Meet the artist in residence

April 14 through 16, 1987
Share the Memories
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Organized by Mr. Charles el Lewis
Collagraph workshops, art exhibit, and slide lecture

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York
The Columbia Museum, Columbia, South Carolina
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Asilah, Morocco
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The New York City Board of Education
The Reader’s Digest Association, New York, New York
The Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York, New York
The Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, New York
The Walter O. Evans Collection, Detroit, Michigan
The George and Joyce Wein Collection, New York, New York

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Wilkinson, Guerin. “A2 Black Artist Exhibit Mutual Inspiration Society at Trotter House (Exhibit subtitled “Documents of 20th Century Urban Africans Living in North America,” a two person show with Amir Bey),” Michigan Free Press, August 28, 1977.

PRINTS USA 1982, exhibition catalogue, May 28 – June 22, 1982. New York: Pratt Graphics Center, 1982. Print.

Jones, Frieda. “Juss’ Jass: Correlations of Painting and Afro-American Classical Music,” The Guardian, December 7, 1983.

Langsam, Janet. Art Works in City Spaces, exhibition catalogue, April 25 – May 22, 1985. New York, 1985. Print.

Stanislaus, Grace. From the Studio: Artist-in-Residence, 1986-1987 (Show with Colin Chase), catalogue, September 27, 1987 – January 3, 1988, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York.

Rhodes, Lisa. “Myth and Music,” Big Red News, December 24, 1988.

Jacques, Geoffrey. “Williams, A Major Image-Maker,” The City Sun, December 14 – 20, 1988.

Cardone, Phil. “Spotlight: Michael Kelly Williams,” Bronx Arts, January 1988.

Soho Eye. “Michael Kelly Williams Has a Gift,” Art World, December 21, 1988.

Lewis, Samella. “Art of the African World,” The Black Collegian, Nov/Dec 1990.

Lewis, Samella. Art: African American. Los Angeles: Hancraft Studios, 1990.

Boyd, Valerie. “Daughters of the Dust,” American Visions, February 1991.

Miro, Marsha. “Commitment Ties Collector,” The Detroit Free Press, February 17, 1991.

Woodson, Shirley. Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, exhibition catalogue, February 1 – May 3, 1991. Savannah: Beach Institute/King-Tisdell Museum, 1991. Print.

Murphy, Anthony. “A Portfolio of Promising Futures,” American Visions, August/September 1992.

Zamudio, Raul. Forms with an Attitude, exhibition catalogue. New York: 450 Broadway Gallery and The One Night Stand Gallery, 1996. Print.

Britton, Crystal. African American Art: The Long Struggle. New York: Smithmark Books, 1996.

African-American Artist. Detroit: St. James Press; New York: Schomburg Center for Black Culture, 1997.

Smythe, Victor N. Black New York Artist of the 20th Century. Selections from the Schomburg Center Collections, 1998

Hills, Patricia, and Melissa Renn. Syncopated Rhythms: 20th-Century African American Art from the George and Joyce Wein Collection, exhibition catalogue, November 18, 2005 – January 22, 2006. Boston: Boston University Art Gallery, 2005. Print.

Sirmans, Franklin. Crossing the Line: African American Artists in the Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis, Jr. Collection, exhibition catalogue, January 19 – May 20, 2007. Winter Park, FL: Rollins College, 2007. Print.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The New York Public Library. 366 Days of Black History: Migrations – 2008 Engagement Calendar. New York: Pomegranate, 2007. Print.

Gabriel, Larry. “Detroit may be financially bankrupt but culturally it’s thriving,” Metro Times, October 2, 2013. Retrieved from metrotimes.com.

Spencer, Debra Vanderburg. art of the 5: we’ll take manhattan, exhibition catalogue, September 14 – October 30, 2015. New York: The Interchurch Center, 2015. Print.

Chong, Cecile. Twofold: Artist-Teacher, Teacher-Artist, exhibition catalogue, October 9 – November 22, 2015. New York: Dedalus Foundation, 2015. Print.

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