Shyvette Williams (b. 1949)
Shyvette Williams was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young adult she received scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied fashion illustration. Her diverse experiences, including runway model, theater costume designer, book illustrator, painter and extensive international traveler, contribute to the complexity of her art. She was afforded a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the Continental art scene. Some of her many exhibitions in Chicago include Nicole Gallery, the South Side Community Art Center, A.R.C. Gallery, the University of Illinois, Little Black Pearl and Urban Traditions. She has also exhibited at Annie Lee & Friends Art Gallery, Hazel Crest, IL; Aurora University, Aurora, IL; and Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston, IL. Her publications include: Literati Internazionale, A Sound Investment by Sonia Sanchez, The Chicago Art Scene, African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond by Daniel T. Parker, and WGCI-AM/FM Kraft Food Present, African American Art Calendar. Ms. Williams is represented in many local, national and international collections.
At this stage of my life, I know that we are all born with special gifts, insights and knowledge. Regardless of circumstances, we have particular perspectives. Threads of my rich experiences, including extensive travels in Europe, are present in my new works. The most recent manifestations appear in a series of drawings in charcoal and graphite called Ancestral Grace. I believe my particular insight takes on many forms and mediums to benefit mankind. I express this innermost knowing, that we all have, through my vessels and sculpture in terra cotta, painting, drawing and book illustration. As an artist I’m happiest making life’s experiences and creatively transforming them. Each medium, whether it’s wood, clay, fiber, paint, fire, glass or iron, demands my full attention before revealing its secrets. Through this process I gain a broader understanding of myself. I believe “life happens through us, not to us.” Using texture and touch, color and sight, my completed work offers an opportunity to the viewer to discover life from my point of view.