Gerald Williams

(b. 1941) Chicago, IL

Gerald Williams is a painter and founding member of AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artist), an African American artist collective. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts at Howard University, served in the United States Air Force, was a Peace Corp Volunteer for several years, taught in public schools in Chicago and Washington, D.C. and served as Arts and Crafts Director for the United States Air Force for twenty years until his retirement in 2004.

Exhibition History

2018Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR

2017 Gerald Williams, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO Washington, Chicago, IL

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern, London, UK

2015 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2014 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2013 Logan Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008 Picolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC

African Festival of the Arts, Chicago, IL

2007 Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC

2003 Ramo Grande Auditorium

1995 Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC

University of South Carolina, Sumter, SC

1988 Songtan City Cultural Center, Songtan, Korea

1983 District of Columbia City Hall, Washington DC

1982 Alma Thomas Gallery, Washington DC

U.S Department of the Navy, Washington DC

Moton Institute, Gloucester, VA

1981  NOA Gallery, Washington DC

Lansburgh Cultural Center, Washington DC

Galerie LaTaj, Alexandria, VA

1980 United Nations Secretariat

Museum of African American Art, Buffalo, NY

Lamont Zeno Gallery, Chicago, IL

Smith-Mason Gallery, Washington DC

American Cultural Center, Dakar, Senegal

1979 French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya

2nd New World Festival of the African Diaspora, Port of Prince, Haiti

Miami University, Oxford, OH

Frick Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1977 2nd World Black & African Festival of Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria

1975 Center for the Study of Negro Life and History, Washington DC

Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington DC

1973 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Southside Community Center, Chicago, IL

Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington DC

1972 Rainbow Sign Gallery, Oakland, CA

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL

1971 PUSH EXPO (Operation Push), Chicago, IL

Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Haiti Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Langston Hughes Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY

National Center for Afro-American Culture, Boston, MA

State University of New York, Albany, NY

1970 Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1969 WJ Studi and Gallery, Chicago, IL

Chicago State University, Chicago, IL

1968 Southside Community Art Center, Chicago, IL

Art and Soul Gallery, Chicago, IL






Please join us for a discussion with Rebecca Zorach and Gerald Williams on the occasion of Williams’ first solo exhibition with Kavi Gupta.

Project Images
Gerald Williams — Gerald Williams of AfriCOBRA

Interview with Gerald Williams at his home in Sumter, South Carolina, in November 2011, by Rebecca Zorach for Never The Same.