Faculty portfolios

  • Amanda Williams, Pink Oil Moisturizer (Fall), 2014, from the Color(ed) Theory series.
    Amanda Williams, Pink Oil Moisturizer (Fall), 2014, from the Color(ed) Theory series.
  • Amanda Williams, Newport 100/Loose Squares, 2015, from the Color(ed) Theory series.
    Amanda Williams, Newport 100/Loose Squares, 2015, from the Color(ed) Theory series.

Amanda Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

For nearly two decades, Amanda Williams has focused on how combining art and architecture can make all parts of a city thrive. A graduate of Cornell University's architecture school, she practiced in the Bay Area for a number of years but is currently based in Chicago.

Williams is deeply invested in understanding the relationship of color, race, and space. She uses vivid, culturally derived colors to paint foreclosed and abandoned houses on Chicago's south side as a way to mark the pervasiveness of neglected and undervalued Black city space. Her work has garnered numerous accolades and opportunities for meaningful partnerships and collaborations; she participated in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, received a 3Arts Foundation Award and a Joyce Foundation scholarship, and was a former Eidlitz Travel Fellow to Ethiopia. Williams has exhibited and lectured throughout the United States, including at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Syracuse University, and University of Michigan. She is a member of the board of the Hyde Park Art Center and has served as an advisor for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Field Museum, and the Chicago Park District. Williams is an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she recently received an award for excellence in teaching.

Williams and Andres L. Hernandez are the winners of the competition for the 2015–17 iteration of PXSTL, a
design-build commission for a temporary structure that will transform a
vacant lot into the site of community-based programs and events.