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Randy Williams, M.A.


WilliamsRandy 130x150Randolph Williams maintains two careers, one as an active visual artist and another as an educator developing new ways to present the visual arts to children. A professor of Art at Manhattanville College, Randolph Williams is active as an educational consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Neuburger Museum. He is also the program director of the New York State Summer School of the visual arts. Professor Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from New York University and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Sir George Williams University in Montreal.

A Prize Winning Artist

In his role as artist, Professor Williams has won numerous prizes and awards, including a 1982 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to the American Academy in Rome. He has also been recognized by the New York State Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Services Division, and New York Foundation for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship. His work has been the subject of more than a dozen solo exhibitions. His publications include Beauty by Design, the Aesthetics of African Adornment, from the Exhibition Catalogue of the Universal Structure of Particular Forms, and he has served as the Fine Arts editor and Critic of Black Creation, A Quarterly Review of Black Arts and Letters. Of his artwork, Williams says, "The content of my art explores the tangible events of my past as well as the current events that I experience presently. In a very simple manner my art work acts as a form of re-constructive surgery. Often I explore elements of my past that were harmful to me as an African-American. When I was young I was restrained and incapable of correcting injustices inflicted upon me. Now I am stronger and have the capacity to view the world differently. I often use my artwork to comment on personal history. History must be illuminated if I want to proceed as an educator and an artist of integrity.