Daughter of a Midwestern sharecropper, J.K. Williams moved to Brooklyn, New York in the 1970's to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture degree with Honors from Pratt Institute. Immediately after graduation, Ms. Williams designed sterling silver and gold jewelry sold in department stores around the country before apprenticing as a fine jeweler and model maker for Tiffany and Company.
The artist also studied at the Art Students League of New York for many years and at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Ms. Williams’s most intensive study has been at the Art Students League with Boston School realist Hilary H. Holmes and with a Gail von der Lippe Merit Scholarship under Costa Vaviagiakis. She was mentored for over ten years by the late Robert Douglas Hunter, New England artist and former President of the Guild of Boston Artists. The artist's historic precedents are strongly Boston School, going back in a direct line to the Academic tradition through Hilary H. Holmes to R.H. Ives Gammell, William MacGregor Paxton, Jean-Leon Gerome and Paul Delaroche. Ms. Williams has worked in a variety of mediums, but largely in oil. Recently, she began to explore printmaking.
As well as receiving awards in student exhibitions at the Art Students League and the Salmagundi Club, Ms. Williams has received numerous awards in juried exhibitions at museums and cultural arts centers around the United States. Most recent awards include Honors Finalist in the American Academy of Equine Art's 2018 Online Showcase, Top 75 in Southwest Art Magazine's 2013 Artistic Excellence Competition, Finalist in The Artists Magazine's 30th Annual Art Competition 2013, Honorable Mention in the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art Salon International 2012 and a "Top Sixty Award" in their 2010 Salon International.
Ms. Williams is currently an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America, Life Member of The American Society of Classical Realism, Life Member of the Art Students League of New York, and a Signature Member of the Academic Artists Association.
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