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Warm Water, New Works by Charles Williams


Warm Water, New Works by Charles Williams
Jan 11 - 
April 28, 2019

 CHARLES WILLIAMS, I AM IV

CHARLES WILLIAMS, I AM IV

Warm Water is a collection of re-narrated visual works based on the event that sparked the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. These works unfold the story involving five Black teens, and what reportedly caused the death of Eugene Williams in Lake Michigan on the South Side of Chicago.The works document and shed light on the marginalizing oppositions the teens faced during the fragile height of racial socio-political conditions nationwide. This day, July 27, 1919 became the tipping point, and as a result led to a string of violent race riots across the United States.

Warm Water references the psychological racial constructs and the human state of the five teens during the event, as well as the paralleled combination of chemical/water properties when hot and cold elements are combined. It is also the unsolicited landmark of the lake where the teens nicknamed the spot, Hot and Cold. With these two diverse complexities, re-appropriated and re-narrated visual explorations attempt to strike a balance between both past and present, from an incident later marked in history as Red Summer.


Opening Night Event
Fri, Jan 11, 2018

Opening night event, guests talking about artwork

5:30 - 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Free with admission

Join UICA for the opening of our newest exhibition, Warm Water, New Works by Charles Williams. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.


About the artist

Portrait of the artist, Charles Williams

Charles Williams is a contemporary visual artist from Georgetown, SC, and holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA and an MFA at the University of North Carolina (UNCG) in Greensboro, NC. Creating compelling imagery in oils, video / film, and sound installations, Williams’s work investigates current, historical cultural events related to racism, and to suggestive stereotypes formed within individuals. His works define self–representation of human emotive responses that lie within cultural identity, and reveal tension to expose the complexities within our socio political environments. Through his visions, we are encouraged to engage in self-examination, to question false boundaries that separate us, and view the interconnectedness of our common existence.

Williams has attended summer artist residencies at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA), SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico), the Gibbes Museum (Charleston, SC), and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC). Solo exhibitions include ”Swim: An Artist’s Journey” at the Myrtle Beach Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), “SUN + LIGHT” at Residency Art gallery (Inglewood, LA), Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See (Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC), and “Swim” at Morton Fine Art (Washington, DC). His work was also recently exhibited at Aqua and Scope Art Fair / Art Basel (Miami, FL). Group exhibitions include the Weatherspoon Museum (Greensboro, NC), the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), Tiger Strike Asteroid project space (Philadelphia, PA) and other national institutions.

Works have been reviewed in local and national publications and media, which include the Washington Post, NPR, and South Carolina’s ETV network (PBS affiliate). Permanent collections include the North Carolina Museum of Art (NC), the Gibbes Museum (SC), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art (NJ). Williams also received the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Award from the State of South Carolina for the development of enriching art programs within local communities.


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