All my life I have lived around the water. The most impressive place growing up was southern California with its amazing tidal pools and sea kelp forests. In recent years, I have been working on the Glass Reef project and exploring marine life unique to coral reefs. By using small hand torches, I can explore the movement, .....
All my life I have lived around the water. The most impressive place growing up was southern California with its amazing tidal pools and sea kelp forests. In recent years, I have been working on the Glass Reef project and exploring marine life unique to coral reefs. By using small hand torches, I can explore the movement, structure, and patterns found in coral reef life. Many coral reefs are threatened, under attack, and facing extinction. Through this Glass Reef project, I want to draw attention to this hidden, fragile world.
During this project, I have been developing special glass working techniques using borosilicate glass, a small hand torch, and glass annealing kilns. Using these unique glass methods, I can create detailed brain corals, fan corals, birds nest corals, and patterned seaweed forms. Recently, I have begun to explore more brilliant colors in seaweed, corals, and water sculptures. Using transparent blues, greens, and pinks allows the light to penetrate different marine life forms to create a colorful luminous glow. In my glass working process, I study, draw, and read about different types of coral species. I am deeply interested in their strange behaviors, magical color variations, and conservation efforts to stave off devastation of coral reefs worldwide.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Purchase Award, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka and Shawnee Library Glass Collection, Topeka, KS (2017)
Museum Purchase Award, LaGrange National XXVIII, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA (2014)
Fulbright-Hays Travel Grant to Italy, Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange between
Italy And the United States, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington, D.C. (1991)
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Faculty Development Council Grant, Clarion University, PA (1991)
Matching Grant, Clarion University, Clarion, PA (1991)
Glass Demonstrations, Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA (2016/2018/2019)
Glass Demonstration, Art and the Ocean Day, NC Aquarium, Roanoke Island, NC (2018)
Juror, Topeka Competition, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka and Shawnee Library, Topeka, KS (2017)
Glass Sculpture Commission, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA (2017)
Artist Mentor, Senior Project, Columbus High School, Muscogee County School System, Columbus, GA (2016-15)
Conference Glass Demonstration, “Hand Torched Borosilicate Glass Sculpture”, Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Atlanta Conference, Sculpture Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (2015)
Artist Mentor, Project Installation, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL (2012)
Conference Presenter, “Integrating Video into the Online Course”, Troy University eCampus eColloquium 2010, Troy University Global eCampus, Troy, AL (2010)
Artist’s Lecture, Columbus Museum of Art, Troy University Faith Middle School Mentorship Program, Columbus, GA (2006)
Participant, Southern Iron Conference, Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL (1999). Poured metal with Iron Pour Team from Lamar University, Texas. Organized Auburn University Sculpture student’s participation in conference iron casting pours.
Lecture, Fast Forward Session, The Southeastern College Art Conference, Norfolk, VA (1999)
Lecture, “Memory, Altars and the Funerary”, Department of Art, Biggin Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (1999)
Fulbright Hays Grant to Italy, Lecture, Art Department, Clarion University, PA (1991)
Artist Lecture, University of Georgia-Cortona Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy (1991)
SELECTED AUCTIONS, SOLO AND INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
Glass Art Fair, Virtual Exhibition, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI (2022)
Undercurrents, Gallo Gallery, Curator Erika Diamond, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY (2022)
Glass 50 Exhibition – Celebrating the Year of Glass, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI (2022)
Oceans of Possibility, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS (2022)
AQUATICA – Glass Beneath the Waves, 7th Annual Glass Coast Weekend on the Gulf of Mexico, Habatat Gallery and Ringling College, Sarasota, FL (2022)
Luminous Structures: Elaine Rogers and Emily Williams, Chroma Projects, Vault Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2019)
Glass Reef, Hidden Worlds, NC Aquarium, Roanoke Island, NC (2018)
Topeka Competition, Exhibiting Juror, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka and Shawnee Library, Topeka, KS (2017)
18th Annual Glass Auction & Gala, National Liberty Glass Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2017)
Embracing Narrative, Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA (2017)
Featured Artist, The Glass Wheel Studio and Gallery, Norfolk, VA (2016)
UrbanGlass Gala Auction, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY (2016)
Tangible Nature, Fulcrum Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA (2016)
Featured Artist Exhibit- First LaGrange Southeast Regional, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA (2016)
Regional Sculptors Invitational Exhibit, The Evelyn Burrow Museum, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL (2014)
Glass Art Society Silent Auction, 43rd Annual Conference, Palmer House, Chicago, IL (2014)
LaGrange National XXVIII, LaGrange Museum of Art, LaGrange, GA (2014)
Lifeforms: The Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka Glass Biological Model Exhibition An online exhibit (www.glasslifeform.org), organized by Robert Mickelson (2013)
Emily Meijer Williams: Sculpture and Drawings, Kentuck Art Center, Northport, AL (2012)
1275: Emily Williams, Presented by Washington Sculptors Group & Axent Realty, 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. (2011)
Machines of the Imagination: Sculpture and Drawings by Emily Williams, Firehouse Gallery Louisville, GA (2011)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Horizons: As Above So Below, Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA (2019)
Lifeforms 2016, Traveling International Glass Exhibit, Cedar Art Center in Corning, NY (2016)
Lifeforms 2016, Traveling International Glass Exhibit, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA (2016)
Indoor Pro: Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Exhibition, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Galleries, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (2015)
A Sense of Place Traveling Faculty Exhibition, Troy University Department of Art and Design, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL (2012)
A Sense of Place Traveling Faculty Exhibition, Troy University Department of Art and Design, Carnegie Visual Art Center, Decatur, AL (2012)
Summer Swan Invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2012)
Don’t Box Me In, Bare Hands Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2012)
Price is Right: Art Under $1000, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2012)
26th Annual Sculpture Celebration, T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, Lenoir, NC (2011)
September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA (2010)
WomanMade, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA (2010)
LaGrange National XXVI Exhibition, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA (2010)
Surreal Salon, Baton Rouge Gallery and the Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA (2010)
Art in Academia: Southeastern College Art Conference Juried Members Exhibit, Space 301, Mobile, AL (2009)
Making It: The Art of Contemporary Craft, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA (2008)
Tri State Sculptors Member Exhibition, Reece Museum of Art, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (2008)
Tri State Sculptors Annual Members Exhibit, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC (2007)
Online Exhibit of Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture from Around the World, Held in Association with the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art at The World Heritage Site of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, Teford, UK (2005)
4th Annual Women’s Caucus for the Art of Georgia, The Forum at the DeFoor Centre, Atlanta, GA (2004)
Sculpture Garden V, Public Sculpture Installation, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Chattanooga, Tennessee (2001-1999)
Ferrum, Sloss Furnaces and Associated Metal Artists Sculpture Exhibit, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, AL (2000)
National Small Sculpture Exhibition 2000, Exhibition Galleries, Hattiesburg Library, Hattiesburg, MS (2000)
Schoharie County Arts Council National Small Works Exhibition 2000, Cobleskill, NY (2000)
14th Annual Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Celebration, Public Sculpture Exhibition, J.E. Broyhill Park, Lenoir, NC (1999)
Faculty Exhibition, Art Department, Foy Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (1999)
Sixth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (1998)
Texas National 98 Exhibition, SFA Gallery, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (1998)
Annual Faculty Exhibitions, Department of Art, Clarion University, PA (1993-89)
81st Annual Exhibition – Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (1991)
Works Off Walls Exhibition 280, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV (1991)
Back to Back, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Gallery, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (1991)
Habatat Galleries Detroit, 4400 Fernlee Ave, Royal Oak, MI
Jane Sathe, “Former Bank Vault Keeping Chroma Projects’ New Exhibit Safe and Sound”, The Daily Progress, April 15, 2019
David Macaulay, “Chesapeake Artist’s Nature-Inspired Glasswork on Display in Portsmouth”, The Virginia-Pilot, PilotOnline.com, March 15, 2019
Christopher Jobson, “Delicate Glass Sea Life Sculptures by Emily Williams”, This is Colossal,
May 21, 2015 (blog).
Beckett Mufson, “Meet the Artist Making Glass Coral Reefs”, The Creators Project, May 21, 2015 (blog).
Grace Constantino, “Finding Artistic Inspiration in Biodiversity Literature”, Biodiversity Heritage Library, March 12, 2015 (blog).
Gunild Symes, “Emily Williams Portfolio”, X-Ray Mag International Dive Magazine, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 1, 2015. 68
Jenny Zhang, “Interview: Artist Uses Fire to Shape Delicate Glass Sculptures Inspired by Sea Life Forms”, My Modern Met, June 18, 2015 (blog).
Susie DeGraff, “Emily Williams: Glass Sculptures”, Ligne Magazine, June 11, 2015 (blog).
LaGrange National, LaGrange Museum of Art, LaGrange, GA (catalog)
Casey Sullivan, “Machines of the Imagination,” The News and Farmer/Jefferson Reporter, Louisville, GA, August 4, 2011.
Video Interview, “Machines of the Imagination: Work by Emily Williams,” Firehouse Gallery Fire Team
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Master of Arts in Education (MAED), Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Instructional Technology.
Washington University, Saint Louis, MO. Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Sculpture.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Sculpture.
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