New Orleans, Louisiana
Carl Joe Williams was born in Uptown New Orleans as the only child of Annie and Clarence Williams. Art was Williams’s first love, and he drew relentlessly. At the age of 14, he was accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Art (NOCCA), where he experienced his first art training under Frank Gross and Jean Pichotta. Renowned New Orleans artist John Scott also mentored Williams. Upon completing high school, Williams began studying at the Atlanta College of Art in 1988. Williams returned to New Orleans in 2003. He relocated to Atlanta briefly after Hurricane Katrina and returned to New Orleans again in 2008.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2013