Grace Williams COMING OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE October 2-25 Opening Reception: October 2, 5-7 p.m.
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GRACE WILLIAMS:  Coming Out On The Other Side

Opening Reception Wednesday October 2, 5-7PM


Visionary works in glass, encaustic, and paint on canvas convey the power and promise of a changing world.


Grace Williams was born in Jamaica, WI and has lived most of her life in NYC.  She is a seasoned artist with an unusually complex and highly impressive body of work that appears in collections owned by Percy Sutton, the late Nina Simone, Mario Cuomo, and a host of museums.  Her work includes paintings, encaustic, glass mosaics, altars, Power Figures, chairs, and other functional objects replete with beads, paint, metal, wood, fabric, and often antiquated, obsolete items. They honor people, famous and unknown. They describe spiritual states. They have meaning that may be understood by the quiet, humble, solitary viewer. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and with early training in costume and set design, Williams offers, I’m very much into texture.  I think people react to texture.  It’s usually the texture that runs through your body and makes you say, Ooh!


Grace Williams’ Harlem studio is transformational and many of her new works hang in unusual contrast to older pieces. They are light and easy to carry.  She calls them flags. They are more abstract than their earlier, more figurative counterparts. Although she continues her initial explorations with glass and paint, she now works on unframed canvases for their ease of storage and carriage.


Williams understands the power of ritual and tribute saying, I love my ancestors, so I’ve always done ancestor work. I was fortunate enough to come up through the [Black Power] Movement, so I always had heroes. And, we were always telling stories.


Then, she quickly moves into that sphere where she is most insightful, offering metaphysical gems that help us to trust ourselves and the Unknowable even more: Our lives are like a university. I keep taking these courses. And, when it comes together, it’s such a special university. A university of my mind. I don’t give myself a degree, but I keep moving on.


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University of Massachusetts
180 Infirmary Way
Amherst, MA 01003 
(413) 545-5177


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Gallery Manager, Alexia Cota



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Amherst, MA 01003