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2020 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency

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Submitted on November 12, 2019 - 11:42am
Marisa Williamson
Marisa Williamson


The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, the gallery of the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, is delighted to announce that Marisa Williamson will be its 2020 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident.

Marisa Williamson is a project-based artist who works in video, image-making, installation, and performance around themes of history, race, feminism, and technology. She has produced site-specific works at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (2013), Storm King Art Center (2016), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016), the University of Virginia (2018), SPACES Cleveland (2019), and by commission from Monument Lab, Philadelphia (2017), and the National Park Service (2019).

Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Artpoetica, SOHO20, and BRIC in Brooklyn; The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Mana Contemporary Chicago; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy; and Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome, Italy.

Williamson has been awarded grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She has been a resident artist at Triangle Arts Association, the Shandaken Project, and ACRE. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012 and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014–2015. Williamson holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from CalArts. She is an Assistant Professor of 4-D Foundations at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.


Established in 2015, the Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency invites Black artists at all stages of their careers to have a residency in the gallery during the month of January and to hold an exhibition during the month of February, Black History Month. Previous Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency awardees are HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Steffani Jemison, C. Davida Ingram, and Danny Giles.

The 2020 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency and Exhibition are made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).


December 23, 2019

Marisa Williamson's residency exhibition opens on January 28, 2020, and runs through February 28. There will be an artist talk and exhibition reception in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery on Friday, February 7. A separate news post about the exhibition will be available on our website in January.