Shyvette Williams’s early talents blossomed in Chicago, where she was nurtured through the Chicago Public Schools System. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young adult, she received scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to study fashion illustration. Her diverse experiences, including runway modeling, theater costume designer, book illustrator, painter, and extensive international travel; contribute to the complexity of her art. Runway modeling offered an opportunity to experience the continental art scene firsthand.
Some of her many exhibitions in Chicago include Nicole Gallery, the South Side Community Art Center, A.R.C. Gallery, Woman Made Gallery 2012, The University of Illinois, Prairie State College, Little Black Pearl, and Urban Traditions. She has also exhibited at Gordon Robichaux Gallery, New York, NY, 2019, Aurora University, Aurora, IL, Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston, IL and The Bridgeport Art Center 2022. Her publications include Literati Internazionale, 1991; A Sound Investment, Sonia Sanchez, 1993; The Chicago Art Scene, 2000; African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond, Daniel T. Parker, 2004; WGCI- AM/FM calendar, Diasporal Rhythms A 10-year Love Affair with Collecting catalog 2013, Hyde Park Art Center catalog: Not Just Another Pretty Face 2010-’13 & ’16-’19. The Sapphire & Crystals Forward exhibition catalog 2022.