Noelle Lorraine Williams was born in 1975 in Jersey City, NJ. She is a conceptual artist living and working in Newark, NJ. She works to build engaged communities utilizing public dialogue and culture to explore our greatest fears as individuals within the context of community - utilizing sculpture, multimedia practices, events and performance. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Historical Inquiry from The New School for Social Research. Williams has also participated in workshops at The Newark Museum Arts Workshop, The Art Students League and The Newark School of Theology.
Over the past seven years Williams work has garnered recognition. She has exhibited in New York and New Jersey including the Jersey City Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, Caribbean Cultural Center, Skylight Gallery, Newark Arts Council and Victory Hall amongst other public venues and private galleries. She has participated in juried and invitational group shows and is an award winning artist. Her work has been critically mentioned in the New York Times, The Star Ledger, ARTNEWS, Code Z , WBAI, WNYC and she was cited as one of the “100 Women We Love” in GO NYC magazine for her work dealing with art and community. She was also awarded acceptance and completed Emerge 10 at Aljira, A Contemporary Arts Center in Newark, NJ.
Williams has been the recipient of grants and in-kind support for her public events including The Museum of African American Music, Newark, NJ and Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center in Newark, NJ.
She draws on her social justice work with students and community groups utilizing culture for transformative practices to inform her conceptual art work practice. She also produces REBORN (www.rebornhome.com) an internet portal that explores the intersections between art and community.
Williams’s background includes thirteen years of student and community organizing including: co-founder of (high school) GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) BRIDGE and president of the group WOMEN OF COLOR, member of The New School for Social Research E.N.D. (EDUCATION NOT DOMINATION) and chair of the WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN’S ORGANIZING for The Audre Lorde Project and chair of the Program Committee for Arms Akimbo Organizing Institute (the first women of color organizing conference) in New York. Williams’s work as an activist has been recognized including being cited “Young Activists to Watch Out For” in the 2000 Heritage of Pride Guide. She also served as volunteer chair of the Newark Pride Alliance Citizen Council from 2009-2010 and was a donor member of Kitchen Table Giving Circle, a new funder of community work focusing on lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender women of African descent and volunteers for Newark Pride. She has developed and implemented arts projects including the working plan and initial development meetings for the the Newark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Quilt and is building and researching the first “fairytale” for her new project “The Black Women’s Fairy Tale Museum” on women rappers and the city entitled "Latifah, Lauryn and Rah Digga: Newark's Babylon Sisters, New Jerusalem Warriors."
She continues to study ritual and world spiritualities and engages her multidisciplinary art practice as a path to social awareness and liberation.