MIKE WILLIAMS BIOGRAPHY

born Sumter, SC    lives Columbia, SC

EDUCATION   University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, BFA

SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

The South Carolina State Art Collection

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

City of Columbia, SC

City of Sumter, SC 

The South Carolina State Museum

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

University of South Carolina Sumter, Sumter, SC

Municipal Association of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Spring Island Trust, Spring Island, SC

Center for Carolina Living, Columbia, SC

Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, SC

Midlands Technical College, Carolina Research Park, Columbia, SC

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017  Watershed, Parker Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA

2016  Mike Williams-Vistas Real and Imagined, Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter,

          SC

2015 Portal, Cole-Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2015  Emblematic, The Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawley’s Island, SC

2012  Periphery, the Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawley’s Island, SC

2010, 2008, 2007  New Work, the Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawley’s Island, SC

2006  In the Round, Goodall Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, SC

2006, 2004 New Work, the Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawley’s Island, SC

2002, Conception, an outdoors sculpture exhibition, USC-Upstate,

          Spartanburg,SC (until 2004)

2002  Translation, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC

2001 Translation; Interpretations of Pritchard’s Island, University of South 

          Carolina - Beaufort, Beaufort, SC

1998  The Swamp, a Contemplative Space, Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC

1997 Recollection, University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts 

Center, Beaufort, SC

1996  Mike Williams: New Paintings, Seabury Hall Gallery, Seabury-Western  

          Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  Grand Strand Collects, Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art                            

          Museum, Myrtle Beach , SC

2017  Gallery Artists’ Show, Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawley’s Island, SC 

2017  Summer Salon I, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016-2017  ART: A Collection of Collections, South Carolina State Museum, 

           Columbia, SC

2013  Art for Art’s Sake, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

          ArtFields: An Epic Southern ArtFest, Lake City, SC

2012  Twelfth Annual Winter Exhibition: Chesley, Williams, Wimberly & Yaghjian,   

          Gallery 80808, Columbia, SC  

2012 Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012, South Carolina State                         

          Museum, Columbia, SC

2010 The Augusta-Columbia Connection, the Old Academy of Richland County, 

          Augusta, GA

2010  The Carolina Connection: Sigmund Abeles, Joseph Cave & Mike Williams,  

          Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawley’s Island, SC

2009 - 2011 U.S. Art in Embassies Program, Bucharest, Romania

2009  State Art Collection Contemporary Conversations: Part 1, 701 Center for

          Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC

2007 Abstract in Nature - Laura Spong, Paul Reed, Katie Walker and

         Mike Williams, an if ART Gallery Exhibition at Gallery 80808, Columbia, SC

2007 Kleinformat / Small Format: The Columbia-Kaiserslautern Exchange, 

          if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

2006 South Carolina Birds: A Fine Art Exhibition, City Gallery at Waterfront Park,          

          Charleston, SC, and Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Pickens,  

          SC

2004  South Carolina Birds: A Fine Art Exhibition, the Sumter County Gallery of

          Art, Sumter, SC, and the Burroughs-Chapin Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC

2005  Up From the Mud, Aaron Baldwin and Mike Williams, an if ART Gallery  

          Exhibition at Gallery 80808, Columbia, SC

2002  With / Without Distance, Volksbank Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern,

          Germany (14 day Residency followed by Exhibition)

2001  Return to Sender, The Postcard Group, Lake County Museum, Chicago, 

          Illinois

2000  Return to Sender, The Postcard Group, South Carolina State Museum,

          Columbia, SC

1997  Terrain, Mural Project, Carillon Building Lobby, Charlotte, NC

1995  What’s for Dinner, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

PUBLIC / CORPORATE COMMISSIONS

2003  Funnel, 20.5 feet tall sculpture, stainless steel, Midlands Technical 

           College, Columbia, SC

2001 Evolving Over Time, welded steel sculpture, 14’ H x 13’ L, Sumter, SC,

          commissioned by the Sumter County Cultural Commission

2001  Space & Time, mural project with students, Fulmer Middle School, West

          Columbia, SC 

1997  Instrument, painted, welded steel, 8’ H x 5’ L, Governor’s Hill, Columbia, 

          SC, commissioned by the Cultural Council for Richland & Lexington 

          Counties and given to the Columbia Housing Authority

1996  Rotation, Relief from Rotation, and Illusion in Perspective, steel sculpture 

          and mixed media works, respectively 7’ H x 5’ diameter, 34” L x 24” H x 

          4” D, and 6’ square, commissioned by Richland Memorial Hospital 

          Foundation for RMH Children’s Emergency Lobby, Columbia, SC

PUBLICATIONS

Phillip Garrett. Inside Acrylics. North Light Books.  2013        

E.Ashley Rooney with Paula Allen. 100 Southern Artists. Schiffer Publishing.  2012

Daniel Wallace, “Fish Out of Water,” Garden and Gun Magazine, March-April 2008, pp. 80-87.

Madden, Ed. Signals. Poems. (front cover art) Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press.  2008

Roefs, Wim.  Up From the Mud - Aaron Baldwin and Mike Williams. Columbia, SC: if ART, International Fine Art Services.  2005