For the better part of 20 years, Amanda Williams has been consumed with how combining art and architecture can help make all parts of a city thrive. Williams graduated from Cornell University’s architecture school and practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work centers on color, race, and space. She uses vivid, culturally derived colors to paint abandoned houses on Chicago’s South Side, marking the pervasiveness of undervalued Black space. Accolades include a 3Arts Award, a Joyce Foundation scholarship, and a Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship in Ethiopia.
Williams has exhibited and lectured throughout the United States, including at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Yerba Buena Center, Syracuse University, and the University ofMichigan. She is on the board of Hyde Park Art Center and has served as an advisor for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Field Museum; and the Chicago Park District. Williams is an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, where sherecently received an award for excellence in teaching.