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Jeff Williams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in Plymouth, Michigan. He studied at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and received his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design (1998) and his MFA from Syracuse University (2002). From 2006-2008 Williams was a fellow and artist-in-residence at the Core Program, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In 2008, Williams was the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Williams was awarded the 2012 Texas Prize by a panel comprised of Bill Arning, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX; Gary Carrion-Murayari, New Museum, NYC; Philipp Kaiser, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE; Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Aspen Art Museum, CO; and Katrina Moorhead, artist.
Williams lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Austin, TX, where he is an assistant professor of sculpture at The University of Texas. Recent solo exhibitions include Artpace, San Antonio, TX (curator Russell Ferguson) and Recess, New York, NY in 2011; the American Academy in Rome, IT in 2009; and Project Row Houses, Houston, TX in 2008. Recent group exhibitions include Canada, New York, NY and Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY in 2012; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (curator Natalie Campbell) and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2011; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, IT in 2009; the Blaffer Museum, Houston, TX and the Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN in 2008; LAXART (LAXWINDOW), Los Angeles, CA (curator Aram Moshayedi) in 2007; and Bucket Rider, Chicago, IL in 2006.
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