Charles Edward Williams is a contemporary visual artist from South Carolina. He holds a BFA from
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia and an MFA from the University of North
Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) in NC. Williams has attended summer artist residencies at Otis
College of Art and Design (CA), SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico), the Gibbes Museum (SC), and the
McColl Center for Art + Innovation (NC). Solo traveling exhibitions include “Sun + Light,” “Warm
Water,” and “Swim.” “Sun +Light” has been on view at Polk Museum of Art (FL), Gibbes Museum of
Art (SC), and Residency Art gallery (LA). “Warm Water” has been on view at the Urban Institute for
Contemporary Arts (MI), SECCA (NC), and Weber State University (UT). “Swim” was displayed at
Morton Fine Art (DC). His work was also recently exhibited at Aqua and Scope Art Fair / Art Basel
(FL) and Texas Contemporary Art Fair (TX).
Group exhibitions have included the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT), David C. Driskell
Center of the University of Maryland (MD), Kunstraum Potsdam (Berlin, Germany), Weatherspoon
Museum (NC), Barnes Foundation & Rush Arts Foundation (PA), and other domestic institutions.
Works have been reviewed in local and national publications and media, including the Washington
Post, NPR, and South Carolina’s ETV network (PBS affiliate). At Williams' ongoing residency at Pike
School of Art (MS), he created the project FORWARD, which was partly supported by the Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Ruth Foundation for the Arts.
Permanent collections include the North Carolina Museum of Art (NC), the Gibbes Museum (SC),
Georgia Museum of Art (GA), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), Delaware Art Museum (DE), Mississippi
Museum of Art (MS), Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (NC), and the Petrucci Family
Foundation Collection of African American Art (NJ). Williams also received the Riley Institute
Diversity Leadership Award from the State of South Carolina for developing enriching art programs
within local communities.