Bernard Williams

The School of Art + Design 2018 Convocation address will be given by Bernard Williams (BFA, 1988).

Bernard Williams is a native of Chicago. He holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from Northwestern University. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, ME. Williams has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed numerous residencies around the United States. In 2009, a large temporary outdoor sculpture was mounted at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. In 2013, Williams designed and installed two large temporary outdoor sculptures at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis.

Bernard Williams embraces a range of formats for the expression of his interests and concerns. The artist investigates the complexities of American history and culture through painting, sculpture, and installation. Within these broad arenas, the work seeks a kind of open-ended dialogue, addressing identity, flattening hierarchies, and questioning who we are collectively. Risk, adventure, conquest, personal status, privilege, and mechanical development are some of the thematic concepts which are pushed into form.

The 2018 School of Art + Design Convocation will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Colwell Playhouse at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL with a reception immediately following at the Link Gallery, 408 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL. Families and guests of graduates may view the 2018 BFA Exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum next door.