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Artist Philemona Williamson Inspires Students and NA Community

Philemona Williamson, a narrative painter whose work is featured in the David Teiger Gallery for the Studio Arts through November 23, discussed her art with Newark  Academy’s IB and Advanced Art classes and members of the community during Fall 2021.

Williamson delivered an inspirational presentation to students during her visit on Wednesday, October 27. “Using the paintings on display, she shared how she illustrates her own personal stories and memories in her work and urged our students to find symbolic images that are meaningful to them as a reservoir for art making,” Gallery Director Elaine Brodie said.

On Saturday, November 6, Williamson returned to the NA campus for a meet and greet reception with NA families, during which she discussed the stories connected to her paintings and the creative process behind her works. Families also received a signed copy of her beautifully illustrated children’s book, “Lubaya’s Quiet Roar.”

Williamson’s exhibit, “Paintings from the Studio,” explores the tenuous bridge between adolescence and adulthood, encapsulating the intersection of innocence and experience at its most piercing and poignant moment. Williamson has been exhibiting her work for over 25 years at the June Kelly Gallery in New York City and at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey since 2017. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Pollock Krasner, National Endowment For The Arts, New York Foundation For The Arts and Millay Colony. 

Her public works include fused-glass murals created for the MTA Arts in Transit Program at the Livonia Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, a poster for the MTA Poetry In Motion, and a mosaic mural in the Glenwood Campus School for the NYC School Authority. Williamson currently teaches painting at Pratt Institute and Hunter College in New York City.

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