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Enid Williams received her M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University in 1996 and her B.A. in studio art from the University of Toledo in 1992. In 2012 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, recognizing her as an artist of significant achievement. Williams continues to explore the use of kinetic circles and particles interwoven in a primarily white void, a signature characteristic that she describes as both matrix and backdrop. This recurring construct allows for a multitude of visual scenarios to occur. Her meticulously rendered images are informed by a diverse framework that is both contemporary and historical: science, literary conventions, color perception charts, the works of Abstract Expressionists and Op Art are often referenced in titles. These influences have largely inspired the optical complexity and spatial ambiguity of her work. Also citing time as a theme, Williams draws attention to the arrested representation of time in these images and the paradoxically slower but still moving time a viewer may experience when engaging the work. For Williams, this becomes an expression of our attempt at controlling time or preventing change.

Williams has exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, the State Museum of South Carolina, and the Greenville County Museum of Art, in South Carolina. Additional awards include the Metropolitan Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, SC in 2011, and 2007, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2002, the Columbus Museum of Art Purchase Award in 2000, the Hall Memorial Award of Painting, Ohio Art League, 2000, and the Carnegie Museum of Art and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Milono Painting Award in 1997. Her work is included in public and private collections including the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the Contemporary Carolina Collection at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in OH, the Red Oak Foundation in Fort Worth, TX, and County Bank, in Greenville, SC.

Since 1998, Enid has instructed studio classes at Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and the University of Akron in Ohio. She currently teaches design, painting, drawing and printmaking at the Benson Campus of Greenville Technical College in Greer, SC and maintains her studio practice in Greenville, SC.

 

Education

1996Kent State University, MFA
1992University of Toledo, BA
1984Tarleton State University, BA

Awards

2012Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2011Metropolitan Arts Council Project Grant
2007Metropolitan Arts Council Individual Artist Grant
2002Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
2000Columbus Museum of Art, Purchase Award
2000The Hall Memorial Award of Painting, Ohio Art League
1997Carnegie Museum of Art, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Milono Painting Award

Exhibitions

(Solo and two-person exhibitions designated by asterisk)

2021Time Sensitive, Sift Gallery, Greenville, SC
2020Perfectly Familiar/Unrecognizably Strange, Lander University, Greenwood, SC, Upstairs Art Space, Tryon, NC
In Times Like These, Hampton III Gallery, Greenville, SC
2019Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, LA
2018 United States Embassy Exhibition, Bern Switzerland
30th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, South Carolina State Museum, Lipscomb Gallery, Columbia, SC
2017*Inquire Within, Hampton III Gallery, Greenville, SC
* Enid Williams, Paintings and Monotypes, Lipscomb Gallery, SC Governor’s School
2016Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Paper Products, if art Gallery, Columbia, SC
2015South Carolina Biennial, 701 Contemporary Center, Columbia, SC
*Ecolalia, Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
2014Building a Universe, South Carolina State Museum
*Systematic Chance, if art Gallery, Columbia, SC
2013*Random Methodologies, RiverWorks Gallery, Greenville, SC
2012*By Turns, Hampton III Gallery, Greenville, SC
Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949 – 2012, South Carolina State Museum
Contemporary Carolina II, IF Art Gallery, Columbia, South Carolina
*Recent Works, Warehouse Theater, Greenville, SC
2011Counter Point: Form and Space, Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill, SC
Artisphere Juried Exhibition, Center Stage Gallery, Greenville, SC
5th Annual South Carolina Art Teachers’ Invitational, Goodall Gallery, Columbia College, SC
2010*Deposits and Withdrawals, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC
*Image Resource, Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC
Pairs, Riverworks Gallery, Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC
2009Sightings, New Faces from Asheville and Greenville, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
Metropolitan Arts Council: Open Studios, Greenville, SC
A Square Deal, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC
2008Marji Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
Enid Williams / Paul Yanko / Monika Steiner, Marji Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Pleased to Meet You, Contemporary Art Forum, Greenville, SC
Ten Years After: An Exhibition of Prints, Greenville County Museum, SC
2007Columbia State Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Columbia, SC
Color Reflex, Artizen Fine Arts, Dallas TX
7 x 7, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC
What’s Your Body Image, Lee Hall Art Gallery, Clemson University, SC
Upstate Visual Arts Group Show, Upstate Visual Arts Gallery, Greenville, SC
*Enid Williams/Paul Yanko: Recent Works, Thrift Gallery, Anderson University, SC
2006*Paintings and Works on Paper, Curtis R. Harley Gallery,
      University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
2005*Enid Williams/ Paul Yanko: Paintings from a Marriage, Raw & Co., Cleveland, OH
New American Paintings, Exhibition in Print, Volume 10, No. 3
2004Consider Argyle, Pelter Gallery, Greenville, SC
Domestic Setting – the Sequel, Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FLA
2003*Enid Williams / Enid Baxter Blader, Superior Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Artist-in-Residence: 10 x 10, Zygote Press, Cleveland OH
Eight Hour Drawings VI, Megahan Gallery, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Domestic Setting: Sequel, Los Angeles, CA
2002*Paintings and Works on Paper, Dead Horse Gallery, Lakewood, OH
2001Look: Paint, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Dancing the Orange: McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
Accumulations, Curated by Martin Ball, Kent State University, OH
Asterisk Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Tremont, OH
99 and Under, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
*Associated Artists Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2000*Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio Art League Juried Annual, Columbus, OH
1999*Kent State University, Stark Campus, Canton, OH
*Enid Williams and Paul Yanko, Gallery West, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
199888th Annual Carnegie Museum of Art and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, PA
1997Despite the Odds, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 1997
87th Annual Carnegie Museum of Art and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, PA
Summer Painting Invitational, Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1996*Searching the Grid, Millworks Gallery, Akron, OH
Trumbull Art Gallery Annual Exhibition: Warren, OH
1995Butler Institute of American Art Juried Annual Exhibition, Youngstown, OH
Toledo Museum of Art Juried Annual Exhibition, Toledo, OH (catalog)

Publications/Press

2017Circular Logic, Town Magazine, M. Linda Lee, November
2015The Aesthetics of Identity: Art and Individuality, Frank C. Martin II, Catalog essay, South Carolina Biennial, 2015
2012AB FAB, Jeffrey Day, artsee, Mar / Apr
Abstract Art in South Carolina, 1949 – 2012, Catalog
2010Arts Interview, Cindy Landrum, Greenville Journal
2007Seventh Heaven, Review, Melissa Blanton, Greenville Journal
Seven and Seven Is…, James Shannon, The Beat
Artists Take Bold Stroke with 7x7, Ann Hicks, Greenville, News
Four Painters, Interview by Michael Woody, Deep Magazine, September
2006Artists Live Their Work, Interview, Greenville News, City People
2005Paintings from a Marriage, Review, Ellen Rudolph, Angle Magazine September
2003Sequel at Domestic Setting, Review, Kristina Newhouse, Artnet.com, April 17
2002Accumulations, Review, Douglas Max Utter, New Art Examiner, March
The Shape of Things to Come, Review, Dan Tranberg, Cleveland Free Times, April
Radio Interview, 90.3 WCPN Cleveland, host Dee Perry
2001Abstract Painters Make Medium Their Own, Review, Dan Tranberg,
      Cleveland Plain Dealer, Monday, November 26
Accumulations Showing, Review, Rachel Fichter, Daily Kent Stater, February 14
Life Lines, Review, Sharmila Venkatasubban, In Pittsburgh Weekly, February 14
Two Galleries Offer Vibrant Exhibits, Eve Modzelewski, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 25
2000Ohio Artists, Review, Melissa Starker, Columbus Alive, August 10
Annual Display, Review, Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch, September 10
Structured Works in Oil, Review, Dan Tranberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 19
Jury Duty, Review, Curtis Schieber, Dialogue, September/October
1997Strong Showing of Abstract Art, Steven Litt, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sunday, July 27
Reaching In, Crying Out, Review, Steven Litt, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Friday, September 26
Wear Your Helmet: Making Art in the 90’s, Catalog Essay, Michael Loderstedt, Spaces: Despite the Odds
Shooting Stars, Review, Laura Putre, The Cleveland Free Times, September
Reveling in Paint, Review, Dan Tranberg, The Cleveland Free Times, July

Academic Experience

2010Adjunct Instructor, Furman University, SC; Drawing I
2004 – presentAssistant Professor, Greenville Technical College, SC; Painting I, II, Printmaking, Two-Dimensional Design, Drawing I
2001 – 2004Term Assistant Professor, Kent State University; Drawing I, II, III, Painting I, II
1998 – 2004Adjunct Instructor, Youngstown State University; Painting I, Intermediate, Advanced Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design
2000 – 2001Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Akron; Intro to Painting, Drawing I, II, Two-Dimensional Design
1999 – 2000Adjunct Instructor, University of Akron; Drawing I, Two-Dimensional Design

Collections

The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC
Morris Museum of Art – King Snake Press Collection, Augusta, GA
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Contemporary Carolina Collection, Ashley River Tower, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Ballentine Library, Irmo, SC
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Projects

Textile design for Richland County Public Library Main, Columbia, SC; Margaret Sullivan Studio, NY and Milliken Industries, Spartanburg, SC, 2015

Lectures/Gallery Talks

2015Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont College
2014State Museum of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2012Hampton III, Greenville, SC
2011Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill, SC
2009Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
2007Anderson University, Anderson, SC
Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC
2006Greenville County Museum of Art, Artists Talk, Greenville, SC
University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
2003Megahan Gallery, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
2002McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
2001Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. PA
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