Noelle Lorraine Williams was born in Jersey City and lives and works in Newark, NJ. She is a graduate of the New School for Social Research and Rutgers University Newark. As a public humanities specialist, artist, researcher and curator, her work examines the ways African Americans utilize culture to re-imagine liberation in the United States. She has exhibited and lectured at the Newark Museum, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Jersey City Museum, Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn and Cue Art in Manhattan. Her work as an artist and curator has been reviewed in the Star-Ledger as a part of their profile on “The Newark School”, New York Times, ArtNews, and other publications. Last year, the exhibition she curated at The Newark Public Library “Radical Women” was the recipient of the Giles R. Wright Award for contributions to African American History in NJ. She recently received the Creative Catalyst Grant from the City of Newark administered by Newark Arts. She is also a recipient of the 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship Award for Crafts from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

 She currently continues to make art, curate, teach and write about history, African American women’s lives and liberated communities in the United States.  Please visit her current project “Black Power! 19th Century” at