Don Williams Biography

Don Williams

American

1941-

Biography

Painter and printmaker Don Williams was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1941. He earned his BFA from the University of Nebraska (UofN), Lincoln in 1964, and his MFA from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1966. In his sophmore year at UofN, he was awarded the Max Beckmann scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum School in New York from 1961 to 1962, where he focused on sculpture and painting. Williams taught for three years in Louisiana and South Carolina before moving to San Francisco in 1969, where he lives and works today.

Solo Exhibitions:
2014 Modern Arts Midtown, Omaha, NE
2011 Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE
2009 Technical Museum of Innovation, San Jose,CA
2007 Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004, 2002 Edith Caldwell Gallery, Sausalito, CA
2000 Solomon/Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1999 I.Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
1996, 1994 Edith Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Tatistcheff/Rogers Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1992 Mecene Gallery, Tokyo, Japan;  J. Noblett Gallery, Sonoma, CA
1991 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA;  Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 J. Noblett Gallery, Sonoma, CA
1989, 1987, 1984, 1981, 1979 Allport Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1983 Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE
1982 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA;  Sonoma State University, Cotati, CA
1979 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1977, 1974,1973, 1971 Upper Market Street Gallery, San Francisco
1976 Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE; M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
1970 Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1969 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Gallery Artists, Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE
2008 "Shades of Summer", Bernarducci-Meisel Gallery, New York, NY; "Haiku Show", Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 "Still Lifes and Interiors", Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Eighth Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002 "Night and Day", Bernarducci-Meisel Gallery, New York, NY; "Nocturnes", Harris Gallery, Houston, TX
1992 "Summer Selections", Tatistcheff Gallery, NY
1988 "Contemporary Still Lifes", Allport-Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
1986 "Nocturnal Imagery", O.K. Harris Gallery, NY
1983 Invitational Show, "California Realists", William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA; "California Drawings", MOMA, San Francisco, CA
1974 "Northern California Painting and Drawing Show", San Francisco, CA (Purchase Award)
1973 "California Landscapes", Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1969 National Drawing Exhibition, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

Selected Collections:
The Gund Collection, Cambridge, Mass.; The Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE; Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael, CA; The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; The Dulin Art Museum, Knoxville, TN; The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; The Dulin Art Museum, Knoxville, TN; A T&T, New York, NY; Citicorp, Los Angeles, CA; Hughes Aircraft, Los Angeles, CA; Prudential Insurance, New York, NY; Stephens Inc., Little Rock, AK; Bergen Brunswick Corporation, Los Angeles, CA; Children's Hospital, San Francisco, CA; Landmark Winery, Kenwood, CA; Huntington Bank, Columbus, OH; Solomon Brothers, Los Angeles, CA; I T&T, New York, NY; First National Bank, Winston-Salem, NC

Grants and Awards
2009 The Williams-Lewellin Foundation Artist Grant; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant
2008 The KHN Center for the Arts, Residency, Nebraska City, NE
2006 The George Sugarman Foundation Artist Grant
2002 Sonoma County Arts Council Grant
1974 San Francisco Arts Commission Award, a solo exhibition at the M.H. DeYoung Museum
1961 Max Beckmann Scholarship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln