The painter Peter Williams received the Artists’ Legacy Foundation’s 2020 Artist Award.
The Artists’ Legacy Foundation named Peter Williams as the recipient of its 2020 Artist Award, which grants $25,000 to a “painter or sculptor who has made significant contributions to their field and whose work shows evidence of the hand,” according to a press release.
Over the course of more than forty years, Williams’s painting practice has reflected on racism, police brutality, incarceration, and environmentalism, often through a vivid, figurative lens. His recent work incorporates Afro-futurist visuals and narratives, focusing on invented superheroes and space-bound colonists.
Williams said in a statement:
I am deeply honored to be a recipient of this distinguished award…[It is] the validation of 40 years of work, representing People of Color in my art…y interest in Black culture stretches back to Africa and its culture, to Afro-futurism in my latest body of work.
Williams was chosen by a jury panel consisting of Eve Aschheim, artist and professor at Princeton University; Dennis Elliott, artist and founder of the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York; and Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to the grant, Williams will participate in a conversation with Jordana Moore Saggese, associate professor of American art at the University of Maryland, which will stream online on October 22nd.