Wed, Nov 10 | Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 208

Visual & Studio Arts Lecture Series: Philemona Williamson

Philemona Williamson is a narrative painter who has shown widely in the United States and abroad. Williamson has exhibited her work most recently at the Jenkins-Johnson Gallery in San Francisco and for over 25 years at the June Kelly Gallery in NYC.
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Visual & Studio Arts Lecture Series: Philemona Williamson

Time & Location

Nov 10, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 208, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708, USA

About the Event

Philemona Williamson is a narrative painter who has shown widely in the United States and abroad.

Williamson has exhibited her work most recently at the Jenkins-Johnson Gallery in San Francisco and for

over 25 years at the June Kelly Gallery in NYC. Her mid-career retrospective at the Montclair Art

Museum, NJ was in 2018. Her work explores the tenuous bridge between adolescence and adulthood,

encapsulating the intersection of innocence and experience at its most piercing and poignant moment.

The lush color palette and dreamlike positioning of the figures ensures that their vulnerability - of age, of

race, of sexual identity - is seen as strength and not as weakness. “My figures navigate a world of

uncertainty as they search for understanding—both internally and in ever-shifting environments. I see the

figures as vehicles to explore the existence of the most vulnerable adolescents, those evolving people of

color, grappling with what will define and identify them. My paintings give voice and space to invisibility.”

She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Pollock

Krasner, National Endowment For The Arts, New York Foundation For The Arts and Millay Colony as well

as serving on the advisory board of the Getty Center for Education. Her work has been shown in many

solo and group exhibitions such as The Queens Museum of Art, Wisconsin's Kohler Art Center, The

Sheldon Museum in Nebraska, The Bass Museum in Miami, The Mint Museum in North Carolina, The

Forum of Contemporary Art in St. Louis, The International Bienal of Painting in Cuenca, Ecuador and The

Kalamazoo Art Museum, Kalamazoo, MI

She is represented in numerous private and public collections, including The Montclair Art Museum; The

Kalamazoo Art Institute; The Mint Museum of Art; Smith College Museum of Art; Hampton University

Museum; Sheldon Art Museum; Mott-Warsh Art Collection, and AT&T.

Her public works include fused- glass murals created for the MTA Arts in Transit Program at the Livonia

Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, a poster for the MTA Poetry In Motion and — for the NYC School

Authority — a mosaic mural in the Glenwood Campus School.

She currently teaches painting at Pratt Institute and Hunter College in NYC.

For Philemona’s latest project, she created a series of paintings for the children’s book “Lubaya’s Quiet

Roar” just out from Penguin Random House.

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