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Charles Williams

Charles Williams

Charles Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter from Georgetown, South Carolina and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. From utilizing oils for the basis of landscapes, each painting captures his reflection of human emotions in response to and in sync with the natural environment. Recent achievements and awards include a Hudson River Landscape Fellowship, featured work in the Artists Magazines 28th Annual Art Competition, honorable mention from Southwest Art Magazines 21 Emerging Under 31 competition, 2012 Winner of the Fine Art Category from Creative Quarterly, 2013 selected artist for 28th Positive Negative juried art exhibition at East Tennessee State University, juror/curated by Michael Ray Charles from PBS Ar21, one of 25 selected artists for 2012 Dave Bown Project in Chicago, juror/curated by Karl Hecksher, owner K5 Editions, New York, Andrea Karnes, curator at Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Mary Kate O’Hare, curator American Art, Newark Museum, 2nd place Bluecanvas Publication international competition “Environments,” and featured cover artist of Composite and Professional Artist Magazine. Williams' works has been shown in American Art Collector, Empty Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Grand Strand, Studio Visit, Bluecanvas and other national publications. He was recently interviewed and broadcast on ETV/ NPR station, entitled: Nature Through the Eyes of an Artist. His contemporary landscapes have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries in New York, Vermont, California, Georgia, South Carolina and several other southeastern states.

Statement of Purpose

I explore the relationship between human emotions and the natural environment. These parallel
perspectives are the basis for my landscapes channeled onto canvas. Often, it's my perception that
I feel compelled to paint a specific landscape. These feelings inspire me to capture honest moments,
showing others a glimpse of what’s beneath the surface.


Grants And Awards
2013 2013 Griffith-Reyburn Artist of the Year Award; Coastal Community Foundation
2013 Selected artist for 28th Positive Negative National Juried Art Exhibition at
East Tennessee State University. Juror/curated by Michael Ray Charles from PBS Art21
2012 Dave Bown Project (25 Selected International Artist) Chicago, IL
juried/curated by Karl Hecksher, Owner of K5 Editions, New York;
Andrea Karnes, Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth;
and Mary Kate O’Hare, Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum
2012 BluecanvasPublication 2nd place International Competition “Environments”
2012 Creative Quarterly Publication (Fine Arts Professional Category)
2011 10 Most Popular Artist on EIL Year Review -Escape Into Life
2011 28th Annual Art Competition (landscape/interior category), Semi-finalist
- the Artist Magazine
2011 21 Emerging Under 31, Honorable Mention -Southwest Art Magazine
2011 Artist of the month,
2009 Hudson River Landscape Fellowship,"Grand Central Academy" Hunter, NY
2001-2003 Best of Show, Georgetown County Rice Museum, SC

Teaching Experience
2013 Instructor, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
2013 Instructor, School of the Arts (SOA), North Charleston, SC
2013 Alumni Spotlight Lecture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, SC
2012 North Charleston School of the Arts (SOA) - Juror for 2013 enrolled Students,
North Charleston, SC
2012 C. E. Williams Collaborative, Pawleys Island, & Charleston, SC
2012 Instructor, Artist Loft School, Charleston, SC
2012 Artist and Residence, Waccamaw Elementary, Intermediate, & High, Pawleys Island, SC
2012 Porter Gaud - Juror for Annual Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC
2011 Artist and Residence, Waccamaw Intermediate, Pawleys Island, SC
2003 Teacher Assistant, Georgetown Gifted and Talented Program, Georgetown, SC

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2006 Savannah, GA

Georgetown, South Carolina, January 21,1984


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