Hand Works by Trish Williams R.I.P.
As a fiber artist and quilter, she has archived her journey from 2008 to 2019 on her blog. She highlighted her thought process and the fellow artists who joined her as she navigated the art world as a Fiber and Textile Fine Artist. Trish and I served on the East Garfield Park Arts and Cultural Task Force in 2005 to design the East Garfield LISC Quality of Life Plan; we were Co-Committee Chairs and were listed in that publication.
She also was instrumental in the beginning years of the Phantom Gallery Chicago. We went on to write a plan for the Phantom Gallery Chicago and began doing pop-up galleries along Madison/Western to Madison/Homan in empty storefronts. We also curated exhibits at ABC Bank in Austin Neighborhoods and Chicago Public Libraries.
My most recent visit to Peoria in 2021 to visit her was a road trip with my board member and colleague Suzetta Withtaker. We visited the Richard Pryor Bronze sculpture and her exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. Before returning to Chicago, she visited Preston Jackson's studio and dined at her favorite restaurant.
Trish Williams began her love affair with cloth at the age of five at the knees of my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, where She started her love of color and fabric. She has exhibited nationally and internationally; her work can be seen in numerous collections and publications. She is a keeper of the cloth and tradition.
Biography from the Archives of askART
- Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works by Martha Sielman, page 45 - "Where Two or More..."
- 100 Artists of the Midwest by E. Ashley Rooney, a Schiffer Books publication
- Fiberarts magazine - 2011 - Spring, page 57 - "Save Darfur"
- Threads of Faith - "Dancers of Praise," Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition - "Blow Trane Blow"
- Quilting African American Women's History: Our Challenges, Creativity, and Champions -
- "Harriet's Gone Up Yonder" Featured on Bonnie McCaffery's Video-Cast # 24
North Shore Quilters Guild of Milwaukee, WIRiver Walk Quilters Guild of Naperville, ILUIC African American Center, Women History Month, Chicago, ILInter-generational Art: Building Creative Bridges between Generations Panel, Chicago, IL