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Antoine Williams

Greensboro, North Carolina

About Antoine Williams

Antoine Williams is an interdisciplinary artist who is heavily influenced by speculative fiction, critical Black studies and his working-class upbringing in Red Springs, North Carolina. An artist-educator, Antoine received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and his MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. He has exhibited in a number of places, including at Smack Mellon Brooklyn, the Mint Museum of Art, Michigan State University, Columbia Museum of Art, 21c Museum, Elsewhere Museum, Prizm Art Fair, The McColl Center of Art and Innovation, the California Museum of Photography as well as many other venues. He has taken part in residencies at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies, The Hambidge Center, and the Joan Mitchell Residency in New Orleans. Williams’ was also a part of the 2021 Drawing Center viewing program, He is also a recipient of a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors grant and the 2018 Harpo Foundation Grant Award. His work is in the collection of the Nasher Museum of Art and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Williams is an assistant professor of art at the University of Florida.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2022

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2017

Website / Social Links

My practice is an exploration of the notion, society as monstrous, and its effect on Black physical, mental, and emotional states of being. The work created sits at the intersection of radical Black imagining, magical realism and critical race theory. I use a variety of material and processes to weave futures, present, and histories into surrealist speculative economies that investigates the complexities of contemporary Black life in the context of class and power.”