Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect. Raised in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, Williams is best known for her series, Color(ed) Theory, exhibited at Chicago’s inaugural Architecture Biennial, in which she painted the exterior of soon-to-be-demolished houses using a culturally charged color palette as a way to mark the pervasiveness of vacancy and blight in black communities. Williams is a highly sought after lecturer and the subject of many articles on the relationship between art, race, and urbanism. She has forthcoming exhibitions at the Arts Club of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and, in collaboration with Andres Hernandez, was recently selected as a member of the exhibition design team for the museum at the future Obama Presidential Center (OPC). Williams is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Architecture, has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Art and Design and Visual Arts in St. Louis. Williams lives and works in Bronzeville.