Erin Colleen Williams received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Material Studies, focusing in metalsmithing and sculpture, and her BFA from Syracuse University in Metalsmithing. Using interdisciplinary media and methods, her work examines the relationship between the conscious self and hypothetical past, present and future. Drawing from scientific principles, contemporary culture, folklore, interspecies communication, and material intelligence, Williams creates alternate realities using physical objects, drawings, photography, and printmaking practices. Her work examines western museological and archaeological practices in order to perpetuate instances of awe and wonder in the physical world.
Williams is currently the program coordinator for PlySpace (www.plyspace.org), an artist residency located in Muncie, Indiana. She has worked as a senior lecturer in Metalsmithing / Jewelry at the University of the Arts and Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA; and as an Adjunct Professor in Jewelry / Metalsmithing at VCU. Previously, she was the Graduate Coordinator of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and coordinated the Graduate Programs of Museum Studies, Fine Art and Book Arts / Printmaking at the University of the Arts. She additionally works as an artist in Indiana and has had solo exhibitions at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, VA, and the Arlington Art Center, in Arlington VA, among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; Art Space, Raleigh, NC; Travers Gallery, Seattle, WA; among others.