“My recent body of work situates human and anthropomorphic figures as characters in a personal mythos, a personal framework for addressing current issues faced by society,” said Williams-Morantine. “With the use of traditional mythology as a foundation, I see the new work as a kind of new mythology – new stories, commenting on current issues.
“I search for meaning – immanent and transcendent – and attempt to tap into our need to make sense of appearances and our thirst for something beyond.”
Williams-Morantine earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in printmaking as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, the artist incorporates knowledge and experience from employment in the military, the oil and gas industry and information technologies as part of his pedagogy.
He managed his own gallery and lived as a working artist and curator for several years. His work has been exhibited in 30-plus galleries throughout Louisiana. His first works – original woodblock prints – have become highly collectible and can be found in prestigious collections such as the George Rodrigue private collection, the Library of Congress African American Arts Collection and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard private collections.
In 2017, Williams-Morantine was named the Louisiana Art Educator of the Year for the southeastern region by the Louisiana Art Education Association. He currently serves as department chair of cultural enrichment at Hahnville High School and was recently nominated for Teacher of the Year. He currently is working on a new graphic novel, “Orgon61” and manages a small creative startup company called Hare House Press with his wife, Kelly.
A closing reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, in the art gallery.
The art gallery is open from 12 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Chris King at firstname.lastname@example.org.