Philemona Williamson

During the ongoing health crisis, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is working on ways to bring art to you at home, virtually. This is one such effort, which we’re playfully calling Cabin Fever Artist Talks. For these, we’ve asked artists to tell us a little about themselves and their work. In some cases, they’ll be answering questions provided by the Art Center. In others, they’ll be showing us around xtheir studio or highlighting works in progress.

For this installment, we hear from artist Philemona Williamson. Philemona is a nationally renowned contemporary artist who lives in Upper Montclair and maintains her studio nearby in East Orange. As she says about her work “I paint figures depicting individuals of varying ethnicities inhabiting timeless, invented, dream-like environments, I probe the psychological landscape of adolescence, blurring the lines between race, gender, and class.”

Her artwork has been exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclaif, NJ: Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Sheldon Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; and Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, among many others.

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