New Orleans-based artist Carl Joe Williams studied at the Atlanta College of Art (absorbed by Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006), GA, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, LA.
He has exhibited his work nationally at institutions including Gallery 100 at Atlanta College of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN; Southern Methodist University’s Pollock Gallery, Dallas, TX; DRAWL Southern Contemporary Art, Little Rock, AR; Stella Jones Gallery, McKenna Museum of African American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA; and Swan Coach House Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta.
His work is in the collections of institutions including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Atlanta Department of Aviation; Walt Disney Company; King & Spalding, Atlanta; and Jefferson Parish, LA.
Williams is a founding member of Blights Out, a New Orleans-based collective of artists, activists, and architects working to imagine and design a new model for housing development centered outside the for-profit market. Blights Out generates dialogue, art, and action to support the movement for permanently affordable housing and actively challenge blight, displacement, and gentrification.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records