Call number: MSS 263, Pc 223, Mc 22 (A.08-18)
Title: Richard E. Williams.
Dates of Creation: 1920s-2006.
Extent: 1.75 m. textual records; 42 sketches,
104 photographs, 34 negatives.
Biographical sketch: Richard E. Williams was born
in Dormont, Pennsylvania in September, 1921. He received a B.A.
in Sculpture from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon
University) in 1943 and completed a M.F.A. in Printmaking from the
State University of Iowa in 1954 (during this time, he also served
as an aircraft electrician in the Army Air Force for three years).
In the fall of 1954, Williams accepted the position of Director
for the School of Art at the
University of Manitoba—a position he held until 1973. In 1969,
he became a
During his career at the University of Manitoba, Williams was involved
in various art organizations. He was a founding member of the Universities
Art Association of Canada (UAAC) in 1957, was a member of the UAAC
Executive from 1967-1977, and served as President of the organization
from 1970-75. He also served on the Board of Governors at the Winnipeg
Art Gallery from 1956-1977 and was the regional representative for
the Western Canadian Art Circuit. During the 1950s and 1960s, Williams
was largely responsible for initiating the nationally-recognized
“Winnipeg Shows” exhibitions.
Williams made many contributions as a member of the community of
artists in Manitoba and has been recognized for several collections
and works. He was commissioned for several local projects, including:
the 1959 Concrete Sculpture for Polo Park; a stainless steel wall
relief for the Investor’s Syndicate Building (1959), and an
official portrait of former Manitoba premier Howard Pawley (1991).
His work is owned by several organizations, including: the Winnipeg
Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Harvey Gaul
Memorial Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh), and Des Moines Art Centre
After stepping down from his position as Director of the School
of Art, Williams continued to teach at the University of Manitoba
until hisretirement in 1987. In 1990, he received the honorary title
of Director Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. During his retirement,
Williams continued his work as an artist, and completed several
collections, including the “The Naked Block Party” series
in 1997 as well as several works depicting the Annunciation. Richard
Williams continues to reside in Winnipeg.
Scope and content: The fonds is arranged in 14
series, including: Biographical
Information; Education; Publications/Speeches/Lectures; Academic
Professional Career; Organizations; Correspondence; Areas of Personal
Other Artists; Sketches (and Oversize Sketches=42); Photographs
Photographs=104); Negatives (34); Posters; Scrapbooks.
Custodial history: Donated by Richard Williams'
wife Pauline in 2008.
Source of supplied title: Title based upon content
of the fonds.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.
Restrictions: Financial information, student grades,
some correspondence, and letters of reference have been restricted.