William Williams Condensed Narrative Vitae 2019                                                 

 

William E. Williams is Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania; he has been affiliated with Haverford since 1978, after receiving his M.F.A. in photography that year from the Yale University School of Art. He has organized over eighty exhibitions in thirty-eight years, including work by Lewis Hine, Diane Arbus, Roy De Carava, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Andy Warhol, Harold Edgerton, Lisette Model, and Man Ray. His photographs have been widely exhibited including group and solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The National Gallery, Smith College and the Smithsonian.  His photographs are in many public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Baltimore Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton University Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., The Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Williams is a 1997 Pew Fellow in the Arts, and has received individual artist fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 1986, 1997 and 2003. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2003-04.

 


EDUCATION:

 

Graduate:                                         Yale University School of Art                                             New Haven, Connecticut, M.F.A.,   

   Photography, 1978

                                                Thesis:  Flash Portraiture of People in Dark Places

 

 

Undergraduate :                     Hamilton College, Clinton, New York

                                                B.A., History, 1973

                                                Thesis:  Farm Security Administration Photography

 

EXPERIENCE:

 

Professor of Fine Arts, Haverford College - Teaching introductory, intermediate and advanced photography courses, focusing on developing the technical, aesthetic, historical and creative aspects of photography.  Also arranging and setting up various lecture programs, including speakers with different critical approaches to the photographic medium.  (September 1978 to present)

 

Gallery Director, Haverford College - Responsible for exhibitions, budget, administration and acquisitions.  (September 1981 to July 1993)

 

Curator of Photography. Haverford College - Founded the photography collection in 1979.  Presently, the collection numbers over 5,000 photographs from the beginning of the medium to the present day.  (September 1979 to present)

 

Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities- Appointed 2008


Grants Fellowships Commissions:

Exhibition Grant American Express Company - Revelaciones: The Art of Manuel Alvarez Bravo 1992.

Commission, The Philadelphia Convention Center.  Permanent installation of 4 large Gettysburg Photographs 1993.

IMS Museum Assessment Program Grant -  Production of governing documents, personnel management policies and long range planning for New Art Galley 1993.

Haverford College Sabbatical in Residence 1994-1995.

Haverford College Faculty Research Grant 1995.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - Individual Artist’s Fellowship 1986, 1997, 2003

Pew Fellowship in the Arts Fellow 1997

Chester Springs Art Center 1998; 40 photographs of Underground Railroad in Chester County sites

Haverford College Sabbatical 1998-1999

Commission, Philadelphia Print Collaborative Artist Print for a Portfolio with Seven

Other Artists   2002

Guggenheim Fellowship 2003-04

Light Work Artist Residency 2003

Haverford College Sabbatical 2003

Haverford College Faculty Research Grant 2007

Haverford College Sabbatical 2008

Pew Supplemental Fellowship in the Arts 2008

Haverford College Faculty Research Grant 2010

Haverford College Sabbatical Spring Semester 2013

NEA Publication Grant with Print Center, Philadelphia 2016 for Party Pictures book 2016

Haverford College Sabbatical Spring Semester 2016

 


Selected Publications by William E. Williams

 

Nelson, Anne, Stephen Perloff, and William Williams.  Adolphe Braun, Walker Evans, André Kertéz:  Photographers of Sculpture.  Haverford, PA:  Comfort Gallery of Haverford College, 1988.

Stephens, David and William Williams.  Spirit of Earth, Echoes of Light:  Richard A. Johnson, Bruce Edmond Byrd.  Philadelphia:  Esther Klein Gallery at the University City Science Center, 1995.

Williams, William.  Signs and Symbols:  Communication and Interpretation from the Brandywine Workshop.  Washington, DC:  United States Information Agency, 1994.

Williams, William and Alan Tractenberg, Gettysburg A Journey In Time.  Philadelphia: Esther Klein Galley at the University City Science Center, Philadelphia, and PA 1997.

Williams, William, Joan Hinde Steward, David Nathans and William Salzillo. Hamilton Collects Photography: The First Hundred Years. Clinton: Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, and New York 2003.

Williams William, Laura Guth, Richard Reid, Contact Sheet 140-William Earle Williams Unsung Heroes: African American Solders in the Civil War. Syracuse, New York, 2007.

Williams William, Katerina Adair, Ilana Carlin, Sophia Franck, Eds. Deborah Polanski and Susanna White, Uncovering the Path to Freedom: Photographs of the Underground Railroad. Clinton: Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, and Clinton, New York, 2008.

Wainwright, Paul, Peter Benes, Brent D. Glass, William E. Williams, A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England. Portsmouth, N H : Jetty House, 2009.

Cathcart, E. Odin, William E. Williams. The Relentless Eye: Global Cellphone Photography, Department of Fine Arts, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. 2011

Williams, William. Walker Evans in Color Railroad Photographs, Department of Fine Arts, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. 2011

Williams, William. Walker Evans & The American Social Landscape Photographers (brochure), The Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 2012

Williams, William and Alan Tractenburg. A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Haverford College and Lehigh University Art Gallery Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. 2013

Williams, William. The Fogel Collection: A collection Within a Collection, Department of Fine Arts, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. 2013

The Female Gaze: A Survey Exhibition of Women Photographers from the 19th to 21st n Centuries, Department of Fine Arts, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. 2014

Williams, William, essay, introduction, Nathan Huggins. Carl Van Vechten: ‘O, Write My Name’ Portraits of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond, Magill Library, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. 2016

Gold, Susanna. Expanded Caribbean, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. 2017

Williams, William. A Survey of Color Photography from its Prehistory to the Present Day, Department of Fine Arts, Haverford College, Pennsylvania. 2018


Selected Publications about William E. Williams

Aichele, K. Porter.  William Earle Williams.  Haverford, PA:  Comfort Gallery of Haverford College, 1990.  32 pp.

Bruschi, Albert.  Philadelphia Past and Present.  Florence, Italy:  Museo Bordini, 1990.  Unpaginated.

Cleveland Museum of Art.  Annual Report 1990, Volume 78, Number 4.  Cleveland, Ohio, 1991, p. 175.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Searching out the Best:  A Tribute to the Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Philadelphia, 1988.  pp. 202-203.

Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Contemporary Philadelphia Artists:  A Juried Exhibition.  Philadelphia, 1990.  pp. xxi, 55, 152.

Saul, Julie.  Photography in America 1910-1983.  Tampa, FL:  Tampa Museum, 1983.  pp. 1, 64.

Smith, Michael A.  Intentions and Techniques 1987.  Bethlehem, PA:  Dubois Gallery of Lehigh University, 1987.  pp. 9, 12.

Spano, Michael.  The Human Presence.  New Haven, CT:  A + A Gallery of Yale University School of Art, 1989.  pp. 1, 5, 15.

Beck, Tom and Cynthia Wayne.  Visual Griots.  Baltimore, MD:  Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 1996.  pp. 8-9, 18-21.

Willis, Deborah.  Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.

Benston, Kimberly. Memory, Mourning, and Revision:William Earle Williams’s Gettysburg-A Journey in Time. EXPOSURE 2002 VOLUME 35:2. Journal, Society for Photographic Education, Miami University, Ohio, pp. 27-42.

The Light Work Annual 2004.  Contact Sheet Number 127.  Syracuse, New York, 2004. Pp. 69-73 with an essay by Dennis Connor, Pp.69

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 2008. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Members Magazine Summer. Houston, Texas, 2008.  Pp. 18-19 with essay by Margaret Mims Pp.18

Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer. Envisioning Emancipation.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press, 2013. Pp. 144, 205

Sarah Greenough, Nancy K. Anderson, Lindsay Harris, Renee Ater, Tell it with Pride: 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus-Saint Gauden’s Shaw Memorial. Washington, DC National Gallery of Art, 2013. Pp. 110-111,148-151

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Other Authors, Richard J. Powell, William Earle Williams,     

Timothy Rub, Dr. Constance E. Clayton. Represent: 200 years of African American art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Museum of Art In association with Yale University Press, 2014. Pp. 194

Gold, Susanna. The Unfinished Exhibition: Visualizing myth, memory, and the shadow of the Civil War in Centennial America. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Katherine D. Alcauskas. Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions: The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Five Years, Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Clinton, NY Hamilton College Wellin Museum of Art. 2017. Pp. 309


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Shows

1984    Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

1989    Comfort Gallery, Haverford, PA

1990    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

1995    Smith College, Northampton, MA

1997     Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1999    Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA

2002    Gallery, Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College, PA

2004    Cecil Community College, North East, MD

2007    Light Work, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2007    Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2007    Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH

2007    Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

2008    Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

2008    Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

2009    Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC

2009    Widener University Museum, Widener University Chester, PA

2010    Richard Stockton College, Pomona, New Jersey

2010    Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO

2011    Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2013    Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

2014    Lehigh University Art Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

2015   Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, University of Maryland Baltimore County MD

2016    Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

2018 Sardoni Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA

2019 Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

 


Group Shows

1978    Yale University, School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

1983    Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL

1985    The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA

1989    Bordini Museum, Florence, Italy

1990    Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

1992    Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

1995    Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

1995     Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

2000    African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2000      Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

2001      South East Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL

2002      University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2003      Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

2004      African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2005      Princeton University Museum, Princeton, NJ

2005     Lehigh University Art Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

2006      Arts Fellowships Pew Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

2006     William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

2007      New York Public Library, New York City, NY

2007     Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY

2009     Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2009     Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2011      International Museum of Photography George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

2013     Schomburg Center New York Public Library, New York, NY

2013     The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

2014     Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA

2014     Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2015     Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2015     Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2016     Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

2017     Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA


 

Selected Permanent Collections

 

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Baltimore Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

LaSalle Bank, Chicago, IL

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO

New York Public Library, New York City, NY

Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Public Library, Philadelphia, PA

Princeton University Museum, NJ

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

Anacosta Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

South East Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach FL

University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA

Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

 

Revised 5.8.19