"Noelle Lorraine Williams's work is a complex, multi-layered sculptural program with references to the historic view of bodies and contemporary expectations about femininity and power. The work addresses the masking of the body, loss reclaiming of the self and the passage through a journey."
"100 Women We Love" - GO MAGAZINE Class 2008
"her technical skill that draws the eye, the polished, sophisticated presentation that wows judges..."
Dan Bischoff, Star Ledger, CWOW introduces a second generation of ‘The Newark School' that refines downtown’s seminal assemblage art.
"Noelle Lorraine Williams, has also contributed a decorative-obsessive project. She has made an installation of masked childlike figures representing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is shown as a woman of humanity, strength and beauty, but also as a kind of mannequin wheeled out for the television cameras. It is a thoughtful, provocative installation."
Benjamin Gennochio, The New York Times
“Within the context of shamanism, often read by critics
into Williams’s work, masks are a channel of the spirit, “a symbolic prism of everyday life.”
– Katie Cercone, “In the Realm of the BossBitch” in “Hysteria A Collection of Feminisms Issue #3 Abjection
"The 10 must-see pieces at the African American Museum's 'for colored girls' exhibit"
- by Sofiya Ballin, Philly.com
Hijacked the Birth of Mala, Noelle Lorraine Williams with Stafford Woods
ECCOTV chats with Noelle Lorriane Williams, Newark artist and activist
Noelle Lorraine Williams was born in 1975 in Jersey City, NJ. She is a conceptual artist living and working in Newark, NJ, striving to build engaged communities and utilizing public dialogue and culture to explore our greatest fears as individuals within the context of community, relying on sculpture, multimedia practices, events and performance. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Historical Inquiry from The New School for Social Research. Williams has also participated in workshops at The Newark Museum Arts Workshop, The Art Students League and The Newark School of Theology.
Over the past seven years, Williams’ work has garnered recognition. She has exhibited in New York and New Jersey, including the Newark Museum, Jersey City Museum, Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University, Rush Arts Gallery, Caribbean Cultural Center, Skylight Gallery, Newark Arts Council and Victory Hall, amongst other public venues and private galleries. She has participated in juried and invitational group shows and is an award-winning artist. Her work has been critically mentioned in the The New York Times, The Star Ledger, ARTNEWS, Code Z , WBAI, WNYC, and she was cited as one of the “100 Women We Love” in GO NYC magazine for her work dealing with art and community. She was also awarded acceptance and completed Emerge 10 at Aljira, a Contemporary Arts Center in Newark, NJ.
Williams has been the recipient of grants and in-kind support for her public events, including The Museum of African American Music and Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center, both in Newark, NJ.
She draws on her social justice work with students and community groups utilizing culture for transformative practices to inform her conceptual artwork practice. She also produces REBORN (www.rebornhome.com), an internet portal that explores the intersections between art and community.
Williams’s background includes thirteen years of student and community organizing as co-founder of (high school) GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) BRIDGE and president of the group Women of Color, a member of The New School for Social Research E.N.D. (Education Not Domination) and chair of the Working Group on Women’s Organizing for The Audre Lorde Project, as well as chair of the Program Committee for Arms Akimbo Organizing Institute (the first women of color organizing conference) in New York. Williams’s work as an activist was cited as “Young Activists to Watch Out For” in the 2000 Heritage of Pride Guide. She also served as volunteer chair of the Newark Pride Alliance Citizen Council from 2009-2010, was a member of Kitchen Table Funding Circle and was an outreach and coordinating volunteer for Newark Gay Pride. She has served as curator and coordinator on various projects and her ongoing conceptual project “The Black Women’s Fairy Tale Museum” on women hip hoppers, activists and culture makers.
She continues to create work that exemplifies her interest in engaging people in conversations on the ongoing spiritual crisis in the United States.
She also continues to engage her multidisciplinary art practice as a path to social awareness and spiritual liberation.
NOELLE LORRAINE WILLIAMS
Noelle Lorraine Williams is an artist whose life's work exemplifies her continued interest in engaging people in conversations using art, history and contemporary culture, as well as writing about the ongoing spiritual crisis in the United States.