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Selected: an Exhibition of Mike Williams’ Work

September 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - October 9, 2022 @ 3:00 pm


Mike Williams’ works from the Estate of Randall G. Schwartz

September 29 – October 9, 2022


Relationships between artists and collectors can range from non-existent to those lasting years.  Randy Schwartz first noticed Mike Williams’ work prior to his graduation from USC in the fall of 1990. They were introduced, and soon after Randy began collecting pieces on a regular basis, usually at least one a year.  He frequently made studio visits to see new work and often brought his friends or guests, many of whom also became collectors of Williams’ work.  As their collector / artist relationship grew, Randy, a quick-witted graphic designer, was always eager to share his expertise, time and graphic design skills when needed.  As an advocate, encourager, and promoter of Williams’ work, Randy remained a devoted friend, steadfast in his support until passing unexpectedly in January 2022.

The fish paintings, landscapes, and sculptural works from Schwartz’s collection provide the opportunity to compare and contrast at once, both subtle and not so subtle, changes characterizing three decades of Mike Williams’ career.

The purpose of this exhibition is two-fold in that it places a spotlight on the artist/collector relationship through this example and, also, provides the opportunity for these works to be acquired and placed in a new environment so they may continue to be appreciated in another setting.

Gallery hours:

Monday – Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday- Sunday, 11am-3pm

Opening reception:

Friday Sept. 30; 5-8 pm

Conversation with Ken May

Thursday, October 6, 6-7pm

About the Artist:

During his 32-year career, Columbia, S.C., artist Mike Williams (b.1963) has created upwards of 5,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures. Often working in series, Williams’ focus typically has been on fish, fishing and fish habitats, including swamps – all a reflection of his upbringing in rural Sumter County, S.C. He has engaged his subject matter through highly energetic, daring paintings steeped in the traditions of modern expressionism and abstraction.

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