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Thursday, June 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
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Join us for a lively conversation with 2021 Alumni Achievement Award recipient Peter Williams ’75 and MCAD President Sanjit Sethi. 

Peter Williams (b. 1952, Nyack, NY) earned his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1975, and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1987. For more than 45 years, he has chronicled current and historical events, interspersing pictorial narratives with personal anecdotes and fictional characters in order to create vibrant paintings about the diverse experiences of Black Americans. With boldness and humor, Williams tackles unsettling subjects such as police brutality, lynching, slavery, and mass incarceration, using cultural criticism to retell the history of America and form new creation myths.

Williams is the recipient of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize, and the 2020 Artists’ Legacy Foundation Artist Award. His paintings are held in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Nasher Museum of Art. A resident of Wilmington, Delaware, Williams recently retired from his position as Senior Professor, Fine Arts Department, University of Delaware, and he previously taught at Wayne State University for 17 years.