Bio/CV

Sandra Williams received a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from The Ohio State University.

Her mixed media drawings have been exhibited at SOFA New York, Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago,  the Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Louis, Missouri and National Amazon University in Puerto Maldonado, Peru.

Her work is included in the Howard Tullman Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland Oregon and several private collections.

She has been an artist in residence at The Contemporary Crafts Museum in Portland, Oregon and with the Amazon Conservation Association in Madre de Dios, Peru. Recognition for her work in Community Arts includes a Mayor’s Art Award and a Hixson-Lied Award for Outreach, Engagement and Service. 

Her most recent creative research explores the way animal imagery has evolved parallel to human imagery since the beginning of representational art.

Notable Achievements

2014, Artist in Residence, Amazon Conservation Association, CICRA, Madre de Dios, Peru

2009, Mayor’s Art Award, Gladys Lux Educator in the Arts Award, Lincoln, Nebraska

2006, Shafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, Friends of the Gallery Art Award, Shafer Memorial Art Gallery, Barton Community College, Great Bend, Kansas

2005, Shafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, Friends of the Gallery Art Award, Shafer Memorial Art Gallery, Barton Community College, Great Bend, Kansas

1999, Ohio State University, Edith Fergus Gilmore Award, Graduate Merit Award for Studio Research ($3,000)

1997, Ohio State University, Cultural Enrichment Fellowship, Full Tuition Waiver and Stipend ($12,000)

1995, Artist in Residence, Contemporary Crafts Museum, Portland, Oregon

1992, Annette McNeil Watson Award, Cleveland Institute of Art, ($2500)(based on creative portfolio)                                                                 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions and Installations

2018, Governor’s Residence, Lincoln, Nebraska, Subterranean Fires and Other Stories

2017, Clayton Staples Gallery, McKnight Art Center, Wichita, Kansas, Subterranean Fires and Other Stories

2017, Carnegie Art Center, Alliance, Nebraska, Losing Ground

2015, The Sanford Museum, Cherokee, Iowa, Ecotone

2014, National Amazonian University at Madre de Dios, Peru, Ecotone

2012, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas, Manufactured Animals

2008, The Art Mission and Theatre, Binghamton, New York, Dark Sky Preserve,

2007, The Art Center in Orange, Orange, Virginia, The History of Zero

2007, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, Dark Sky Preserve

2006, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois, The Seven Mysteries

2006, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon, The Seven Mysteries.

2005, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska, Better Luck in the Next Life

2004, Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska, Gas, Food, Lodging

2004, Fluxion Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, The Era of Hopeful Monsters

1999, The Art Loft, Columbus, Ohio, The Fabulous House of Hot Peep

1996, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Five Stories

1996, Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Life on Earth

     

Selected Group Juried and Invitational Exhibitions

2016, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska, Mujeres (Teliza Rodriguez, Curator)

2016, Encuentros, Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, Glen Echo, Maryland

2016, Divergente ,Art in Buildings Gallery, North Bethesda, Maryland

2016, Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 29th Annual Works On Paper Exhibition (Brooke Davis Anderson, Curator)

2016, Len G. Everett Gallery, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, Inspiration (Brian Baugh, Curator)

2015, Confluence Gallery, Winthrop, Washington, Mythology (Nicole Ringgold, Curator)

2015, Location 1980, Costa Mesa, California, Animal Spirit, (Tracey Moloney, Curator)

2014, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, Man’s Best Friend, (Ken Bolland, Curator)

2013, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, Animal Fables, Fact or Fiction? (Ken Bolland, Curator)

2013, Shy Rabbit Gallery, Pogosa Springs, Colorado, The Art of It All,                     (Michael Coffee, Curator)

2013, 4411 Project Space, Houston, Texas, Cultivated Artifacts, (Thomas Gregory, Curator)

2013, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, Sandra Williams and Lauren Faske, (Thomas Gregory, Curator)

2011, Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, FATE/MACAA Member’s Exhibition, (Jurors Martin Brief and Ronald Buechele)

2009, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska, Academia Invitational, (Teliza Rodriguez, Curator)

2008, Borelli Edwards Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 30 Years of CIA Ceramics, (Curators, George Bowes and Dierdre Daw)

2008, Convivium 33 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 30 Years of CIA Ceramics, (Curators, George Bowes and Dierdre Daw)

2006, Shafer Memorial Art Galley, Barton Community College, Great Bend Kansas, Shafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, (Juror, Stephen Gleissner, Chief Curator, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas)

2005, Shafer Memorial Art Galley, Barton Community College, Great Bend Kansas, Shafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, (Juror, Linda Ganstrom, Professor of Art)

2004, SOFA New York, New York, New York, Invitational, (Ann Nathan, Curator)

2004, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, The Essential X, (Ann Nathan, Curator)

2004, Bradley University, Heuser Art Center, Peoria, Illinois, Pigment: Contemporary Painting Invitational National Group Exhibition, (Pamela Ayres, Curator)

2003, Center For Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri, Slop’s Art Supermarket, Traveling Exhibition

2003, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, Slop’s Art Supermarket, Traveling Exhibition

2003, St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana, Slop’s Art Supermarket, Traveling Exhibition

2003, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Slop’s Art Supermarket, Traveling Exhibition

2003, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota, Slop’s Art Supermarket, Traveling Exhibition, (Adrian Hermann, Curator)

2003, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska, RSVP MONA, Contemporary Art Invitational, (Josephine Martins, Curator)

2003, Studio Place Art Center, Barre, Vermont, Puttin’ on the Dog Invitational,

2002, Krempp Gallery, Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, Indiana, 9th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, (Claudia Hammer, Juror, Louisville School of Art)

2002, Leyshon Gallery at Laguna Clay Company, Byesville, Ohio, Bowl O’Rama, (Kirk Mangus, Juror, Professor of Art at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio)

2002, Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 58th Juried Art Exhibition, (Kevin Sharpe, Curator of American Art, North Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida)

2001, Kellogg Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, Ink and Clay, (Juror, Suzanne Baizerman, Curator of Crafts and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California)

2001, Alder Gallery, Coburg, Oregon, La Petit IX

2001, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Eisentrager • Howard Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, Faculty Exhibition

2001, Worchester Center for the Crafts, Worchester, Massachusetts, Gone Bowling, (Melissa Figuerido, Juror)

2001, Core New Art Space, Denver, Colorado, Miniature Show

2001, Project Gallery, Wichita, Kansas, 8x8, Tiny works Invitational, (Ann Resnik, Curator)

2000, Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 58th Juried Art Exhibition, (Henry Adams, Juror, Curator of American Painting, Cleveland Museum of Art)

2000, Buddy Holly Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, Texas, Y2Klay, (Jaime Walker, Juror, Professor of Art At the University of Washington, Seattle)

2000, TLD Design Studio, Chicago, Illinois, The Mud Show, Juried Exhibition

2000, University of Nebraska Omaha Art Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, UNL/UNK Art Faculty Exhibition Invitational, (Nancy Kelly, Juror, Gallery Director, University of Nebraska Omaha)

2000, PROJECT Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, Tiny Works for the Millennium, Invitational (Ann Resnik, Director, PROJECT)

1998, Louis Friedman Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, An Aura of Tea, (Rebecca Harvey, Curator)

1997, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR, Thirty Years: Artists in Residence Past and Present

1997, Gordon Beale Frank Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, The Tea Party, (Moira Beale, Curator)

1997, Gordon Beale Frank Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, The Quintessential Cup,  (Christy Frank, Curator)

1997, Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Flocking, (Mark Wooley, Curator)

1996 , Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, Oregon, The Cup Show, (Margo Jacobsen, Curator)

1996, Folk Arte Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, Hispanic Artists in Cleveland, (Salvador Gomez, Curator)

 

Grants

2007-2013, Hixson Lied Community Arts Grant, ($90,000.00)

2012, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Faculty Development Grant, ($3,000.00)

2012, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Woods Travel Grant, ($1300.00)

2012, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Presentation of a Scholarly

Paper Travel Grant, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, ($1200.00)

2011, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Presentation of a Scholarly Paper Travel Grant, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, ($1200.00)

2008, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Creative Travel Grant, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, ($2200.00)

2007, Woods Charitable Foundation Grant, ($10,000.00)

2007, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Creative Travel Grant, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, ($1800.00)

2006, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Creative Travel Grant, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, ($1249.00)

2006, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Department of Art and Art History, Woods Travel Grant, ($849.00)

2003, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Creative Research Grant in Aid, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, ($2500)

2002, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Research Council Grant in Aid, ($6022)

2002, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Humanities Center, Faculty Summer Support for Research and Activity, ($750)