First African-American undergraduate department chair in ArtCenter history


Everard Williams (Photo – Ken Merfeld)

Award-winning photographer and educator Everard Williams has been named chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the ArtCenter College of Design, as interim vice chair Dr. Anne Burdick announced today.

By News Desk

Williams is the first African American to serve as an undergraduate department chair in the College’s history.

Williams is the first African American to serve as department chair in all of the College’s undergraduate programs. He joins Stan Douglas, President of Graduate Art, who took office in July 2021. This represents a focused effort by the College to broaden the perspectives of faculty and educational leadership to better reflect and support a growing student body. diversified.

As Department Director, Williams will provide vision, leadership, and broad responsibility for ensuring educational excellence and the continued success of the Photography and Imaging program operations. With nearly 70 students and 30 full- and part-time faculty members, program enrollment is carefully managed from term to term to maximize the use of campus facilities and resources, which includes a 2,500 square foot photo stage, digital imaging lab, black and white photo lab, color photo lab and a full range of professional photo equipment available for use in the Educational Multimedia Equipment Center.

A man teaches photography to students in the field

Williams teaches a class at the Hillside campus (File photo – Juan Posada)

Everard Williams

Williams has been a member of the ArtCenter community for many years – as a student, alumnus (BFA 89), professor and faculty director, as well as acting department chair. He taught many courses at the College, participated in important roundtables and assumed the management of the department during times of transition, including the shift to distance teaching and learning at the start of the pandemic. Williams was a founding member of the College’s first Diversity and Inclusion Council, and he continues to be a strong advocate for the student body, especially those from underserved communities and students of color.

He has also maintained a professional photography practice since 1991, specializing in high-end photography for national and international advertising, design and publishing clients, including some of the top creative agencies, record labels, organizations in nonprofits, national magazines, and food and beverage companies. . His work has been honored with awards from the AIGA, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and the Society of Publication Designers, among others.

Williams said:

The ubiquity of photography and its ease of use help support the belief that the process of creating images is easy and anyone can do it. However, the magical blend of technical skill, artistic intent and engaging storytelling is essential to the photography’s relevance.

“The responsibility of educating the next generation of photographic artists requires creating space for new classes to help students in their development of storytelling,” Williams continued. “Whether the photographer’s intent is artistic or commercial or not, the superpower of lens-based storytelling is the creation of dynamic, engaging and emotional stories.”

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