Amanda Williams

b. 1974

AMANDA WILLIAMS is a visual artist who trained as an architect at Cornell University. Amanda’s practice blurs the distinction between art and architecture. Her projects use color as a lens to highlight the complexities of the politics of race, place and value in cities. She is best known for her series, "Color(ed) Theory," in which she painted the exterior of soon-to-be-demolished houses on the south side using a culturally charged color palette to mark the pervasiveness of vacancy and blight in black urban communities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshaped most inner cities.

Amanda is an Efroymson Family Contemporary Arts Fellow, a 3Arts winner, the 2017 Pulitzer Arts Foundation Design/Build awardee in collaboration with Andres L. Hernandez, and a member of the multidisciplinary Exhibition Design team for the Obama Presidential Center. She has current exhibitions the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Arts Club of Chicago. She is a highly sought after lecturer on the subject of art and design in the public realm; including talks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amanda recently served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University and will be a Visiting Professor at Cornell University next year. She lives and works on Chicago’s south side.