WORKSHOPS & CLASSES:
Tailored Specifically for Youth or Adults, Large or Small Groups - or - 1 on 1 Instruction
* LEADERSHIP: Models and theories, Interdisciplinary Learning, Training Others to Lead, Creating Learning and Coaching Organizations
* BUSINESS: Business Design, Branding, Logos, Marketing, Social Media, Sales, Portfolios, Contracts and Agreements, Fundraising
* TECHNIQUE: Painting (Traditional & Water Based Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Ink), Drawing (Pastels, Pencil, Charcoal) Monoprints (Oil & Acrylic), Digital Photography, Green Art, Group Mind-Mapping, Beading, Clay Work
* ETHICS: Designing a Moral Compass, Systems Approach to Art, The Paradigm Shift, Passing the Torch, Servant Leadership,Working with Youth & Young Adults, Giving Back: Community & Volunteering
* DIVERSITY: Cultural Competance, Facilitator Training, Creating Space for Productive Dialogues, Youth and Young Adult Training, Understanding Learning Styles, Strengths Based Teaching
ABOUT African American Fine Artist:
CAROL Rashawnna WILLIAMS
Gallery Representation: The Wikstrom Brothers Gallery, Seattle, WA: http://www.bromwikstrom.com/wikart.html
Painting and drawing since she was 5 years old, Carol is a violinist of 20+ years and played the viola for 5 years. She is a Cultural Creative/Change Agent with a Masters degree from Antioch University, Seattle, WA. Her first spoken language was English while her first written language was German. Her MA in Organizational Systems Renewal allows her to assist companies and organizations in Organizational Development. Carol's specialization is Whole Systems Design in Leadership, and Cultural Competence. Carol also received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art Advanced Studio Work at The Evergreen State College and is currently working on her PhD in Executive Leadership with an emphasis in Arts in Education, Business and for Sustainable Initiatives.
Carol is particularly interested in Art as a Pro-Active Agent for Change in Education, Business and Environmental Stewardship. This entails finding common group solutions visually, analytically, auditorily (through various learning styles) to challenges that need to be viewed from a holistic perspective. It also involves the art of facilitation; creating a sacred space to understanding collaboration as a process of phases, steps and seeds and utilizing art methodologies as a systemic tool for change. Carol believes that there are tools artists utilize often: Critique, design, collaboration, analysis and feedback which can be transfered directly to assist in solving most of the current issues faced by humanity. Her workshops are designed with these attributes built in and created from a Whole Systems Approach. Carol's belief is that art is intrinsically tied to systems theories; personal mastery, mental models, building shared vision, team learning, training leaders as designers/visionaries and as teachers or stewards of tomorrow for the generations of tomorrow. Art can be a tool to bridge divides in perspective, observation and belief systems. Carol believes art IS whole systems thinking IN ACTION and that all people have access to this knowledge, tools and awareness, they need only become aware of their strengths and then apply the learning.
Born in Topeka Kansas, she soon after moved to Germany where she was raised. In her teens Carol and her family settled in Tacoma, WA where she graduated from Mount Tahoma High School. Currently she resides in Seattle, WA. Her family is from Mississippi & Chicago, Ill. Her father, Willie C. Williams was a retired Military Veteran who served 28 years in the United States Army. Her mother (Bessie M Williams gave nearly 30 years of community service) was a long standing contributor to nearly all of the African American Churches in Tacoma, WA and was well known as a missionary for the hungry and homeless.
President Chair of the Classified Staff Advisory Committee, May 2011, Carol received 'Employee of the Year Award' for designing a visual professional staff development training model that touched on various learning styles, diversity and sustainable theology. A 2004 Artist Trust Edge Graduate, she has exhibited at Seattle City Hall Gallery, Downtown Seattle US Bank, Northwest African American Museum, 3 time Seattle Center Sundiata exhibitor and has shown at the Kaplan Tashiro Artist Collective in exhibit The Mystic Sons of Morris Graves July 2010 curated by Charles Krafft.
2010 Carol gained gallery representation by the Wiskstrom Brothers Gallery, owned and run by internationally recognized fine artist Brom Wikstrom and his brother William Wikstrom located at http://www.bromwikstrom.com/wikart.html
As a Northwest artist her focus has been the incorporation of cultural awareness/ competency via symbolic images found in all cultures, continents & belief systems all while utilizing images of trees from the NW. Her work focus' on deciphering cultural mythologies, symbols, methodologies & the female deity to create new ideas, questions & concepts regarding convergent & divergent thinking, seeing & being. Her work has a whole systems approach (collective, interactive, adaptive, positive relationship building, viewing the whole as a system of related parts) & seeks to unify cultures. Carol's work urge you to re-evaluate what positivity, belief, hopefulness, faith and action mean to you. Her work is established in the context of analytical reflections, concepts & thinking.
Carol focuses the image so that the viewer is forced to evaluate for themselves the story. The bulk of her work can be viewed/hung in which ever direction you choose & tends to incorporate elements of sustainability,whether it be on, with or echoes of recycled materials.
Carol's work has been influenced by Miro, VanGough, Caravaggio, Picasso, Matisse, Basquat, Jacob Lawrence, Models of Change, Egyptian Artwork, Asian scrolls and ink work, African American Gee's Bend Quilters and Systems Theories Thinkers such as Fritof Capra, Russell Ackoff, Peter M Senge, Geoff Bellman, Don Swartz and Marget Wheatly. Carol's major musical influences have been Prince, Tracy Chapman, Billy Holiday, Sade, Zap Mama, Enya, Bach, Eminem, Lauryn Hill, Corinne Bailey Rae, Beethoven, Bach, the Gypsy Kings, Sting, Guns N Roses, Nirvana & Bob Marley.
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Juried Solo Exhibitions:
9/2012 Wikstrom Brothers Gallery
9/2012 Gas Works Gallery, Seattle, WA: K-Love 4 Art Studio Gallery Exhibit
6/2012 Gas Works Gallery, Seattle, WA: K-Love 4 Art Studio Gallery Exhibit
3/2012 Gas Works Gallery, Seattle, WA: K-Love 4 Art Studio Gallery Exhibit
2/12 - 3/2012 Featured Artist at The Gallery at Towne Centre, Lake Forest Park, WA Through Shoreline Arts Commission
6/2010 The Wikstrom Brothers Gallery, Seattle, WA
5/2010 The Electric Tea Garden, Seattle, WA
10/2009 The Last Super Club, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA
2/2008 Private Studio Tacoma, WA
2- 4/2006 US Bank, Downtown Seattle, WA
12/2005 D&C Studios, Artist Collective Bemis Building, Seattle, WA
11/2004 Shoreline, WA
10/2003 Brewhaha Coffee Shop, Magnolia, WA
6-7/2003 Gallier Cafe, Seattle, WA
Juried Group Exhibitions:
4/5/2013 - Art of Living Auction - The Evergreen State College, benefit contributions to student scholarships and faculty learning.
3-5/2013 Seattle City Hall Gallery, Anne Frock Gallery - Onyx Fine Arts
10/2012 Tashiro Kaplan Building - 'Who Does She Thinks She Is' Group Exhibit
6/12 - 9/2012 Art on The Ridge
9/012 Elvistravaganza at Seattle Center Exhibit Hall Show featured on King 5 Television
8/2012 Fesitival Sundiata at Seattle Exhibit Hall Group Exhibit
11/2011 'The Art of Living Auction' The Evergreen State College, Benefit Fundraising for Student Scholarships Auction Event Site
8-9/2011 Gallery at Tacoma Art Community College, Tacoma, WA TCC Gallery
7-8/2011 Wikstrom Brothers Gallery, Wallingford, WA Wikstrom Brothers Gallery
1- 2/2011 'Think in 2011'; Art on The Ridge, 5 Artist Group Collaboration Exhibit Website
12/2010 Best of 2010: Gallery Art on The Ridge, Painting selected as a feature in exhibit
11/2010 Burien Arts Commission, Annual Juried Art Show, Burien, WA
10/2010 The Art Stimulus Party; Annual Auction Event to Support One x One, Painting selected for sale
10/2010 The Evergreen State College; Annual Art of Living Auction, Mono-print selected for sale
9/2010 Wikstrom Brothers Gallery; Scenes of Seattle Art Show, Group Invitational, Wallingford, WA
8/2010 The Mystic Sons of Morris Graves, Seattle,Group Invitational: Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA
4/2010 Wikstrom Brothers Gallery, Selected Mono-prints on Display, Wallingford, WA
2 & 3/2010 Art on The Ridge, Featured Artist, Greenwood, WA
3/2010 NSCC: Painting Selected for Donation to Benefit Haiti Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake
3-5/2009 Atlas Foods Restaurant, University Village, Seattle, WA
3/2009 Urban Art Fair C Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2-3/2009 Washington State University Art Gallery, Western, WA
2009 Sundiata Arts Festival Northwest African American Museum, Seattle, WA
8-12/08 Atlas Foods Restaurant in The University Village, Seattle, WA
2008 Sundiata Arts Festival at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle, WA
3/2006 Ouch My Eye Art Gallery, Downtown Seattle, WA: Bemis Building Artist Collective
2006 Sundiata Arts Festival at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle, WA
11/2005 Local Color Art Cafe, Downtown Seattle, WA
2/2005 Artist Trust Auction Event at Seattle City Hall Gallery, Seattle, WA
2/2005 Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle City Hall Gallery, Seattle, WA
7/2004 Seattle Art Museum through the Conciliation Project, Seattle, WA
7/2004 Artist Trust, Artist Trust Edge Group Show, Seattle, WA
7/2004 Art Not Terminal Gallery, Seattle, WA
2/2004 Seattle Central Community College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
1/2003 University of Washington, Ethnic Cultural Theater through the Conciliation Project , Seattle, WA
5/2001 Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, Seattle, WA
5/1994 The Evergreen State College Art Gallery, Perceptual and Conceptual Exhibition, Olympia, WA
6/1992 Seattle Central Community College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 Creating Cultural Allies Staff Training - Designed/Facilitated Large Scale Community Art Project 'What does a cultural Allie look like?'
2011 Winter Connections Event at North Seattle Community College - Designed/Facilitated Large Scale Community Art Project
2004 Private Exhibit Shoreline, WA - Journey Wall Installation; 16 paintings each measured 3x4 feet exhibited across 2 walls
2002 Organization Systems Renewal Installation at Antioch University - Floor Installation 25 feet x 25 feet
Designed circular floor puzzle. During presentation art supplies were available on tables for people to decorate 1 puzzle piece. At the end had class gather in circle & put puzzle pieces together: exercise of 'Diversity within Unity.'
1996 Upward Bound Program at TESC
Facilitated design of Upward Bound Mural, employed & counseled youth at risk & gave history of murals and art classes.
1995 Clover Park Vocational College Head Start Program
Organized parent community group and together designed & painted 'Our Home Stage Backdrop' used in the Graduation Ceremony