CHARLES EDWARD WILLIAMS



SUN + LIGHT
WARM WATER
SELF
PUT YOUR HANDS WHERE MY EYES CAN SEE
BLACK RIVER
NIGHT
EVERYONE LOVES THE SUNSHINE
HERE WE STAND


NEWS
05.21 - A View of City: Knoxville and Undercurrents, Knoxville Museum of Art
(KMA), Knoxville, TN
06.21 - Forward, Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Grant
08.21 - This is America, Kunstraum Potsdam, 
         Berlin, Germany
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PROFILE
Charles Edward Williams is a contemporary visual artist from Georgetown, SC.
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TEXT BY: HEATHER HAKIMZADEH
© CHARLES EDWARD WILLIAMS
SUN + LIGHT



Polk Museum of Art
Susquehanna Art Museum
Gibbes Museum
Residency Art
Morris Museum of Art
SUN + LIGHT is a collection of works from the series Everyone Loves the Sunshine by contemporary visual artist Charles Edward Williams (b. 1984). This exhibition juxtaposes Williams’ own personal encounters with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.  Williams attempts to strike a balance between the peaceful and violent protests of the movement and of varied expressions of power.  He recounts stories told to him by his grandmother about this specific period in U.S. history and the belief she passed down that would guide his work: “Stay in the light, stay positive.”



FORWARD
Forward is an interactive community engagement project spearheaded by artist Charles Edward Williams and hosted by the Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) with the Mississippi Museum of Art. This project examines the historic race relations of McComb, Mississippi in the 1960’s. During this tumultuous time, civil rights activists experienced brutal violence while registering black citizens of McComb to vote. Williams explored this history and the legacy of its trauma through his audio/visual album, Forward. The interactive album is a collaborative effort that combines documented memories of the citizens of McComb who lived through those years and the artist’s original music. Forward places those early civil rights efforts to register voters in Mississippi counties within the context of a contemporary lens through music and video.

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