Artist Michael A. Williams
Photo Credit: Crosstown Arts
Artist Michael A.
Williams is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and has an eye disorder known as
Stargardt's Disease (Macular Degenerative). The artist has been visually
impaired since birth. He has been drawing and painting since the age of 10.
Mr. Williams credits his mother for encouraging him to pursue his
interest in art. He also stated that he became fascinated with art by watching
his mother use markers to draw a cowboy on horseback riding off toward the
sunset. That's when he knew that art would become his calling.
Artist Michael A. Williams
is also self- taught. He received many awards for his
creations. In the early 1980s, he received the Memphis Technical High School
"Outstanding Art Student" Award, The St. Joseph Hospital Pen and Ink
Calendar Contest, The Mid-South Fair Art Contest in Pen and Ink drawing and The
Southland Mall "Scholastic Art Competition". He has been featured in
the Memphis Tri State Defender, WMCTV "Nancy Hart Intermission" show,
Memphis Cablevision "Shelby State Community College' Television program.
During the early 1990s,
Mr. Williams would move to San Antonio, TX and was featured on KENS "Janice
Miles Positively San Antonio" Show. To fast forward a few years, the
artist would be featured Fox13 Memphis, Painting From the Soul, In 2015, the Mr.
Williams would receive a letter from President Obama congratulating him on his
accomplishments as a visually impaired artist and the Federal Executive
Association "Outstanding Disabled Federal Employee of the Year" for
the Memphis Region. In2017, the artist would be nominated for the Federal
Employee Association “Outstanding Disabled Federal Employee of the Year” award
and win. That same year, Mr. Williams would receive yet another letter from
President Obama, this time to accept an artwork given to the President as a
gift along with two abstract paintings from Mr. Williams' mother (Mattie L.
Williams),to add to the President's art collection.
In 2009, the artist
would enter the American Printing House for the Blind "Insight Art
Competition for Blind and Visually Impaired" would place 3rd out of 400
entries. It was the artist's very first time submitting art to the competition.
The title of the painting was "Sunset Tow"
"Sunset Tow" By Michael A, Williams
In 2010, artist Michael
A. Williams would enter the same art competition hosted by the American
Printing House for the Blind and place 2nd out of some 400 entries with the
painting titled "Bountiful Tow"
:Bountiful Tow: By Michael A. Williams
In 2012, the artist
entered American Printing House for the Blind art competition and placed 1st
out of 400 entries with the art piece titled "Gathering for Supplies"
The piece was later donated to the Germantown Lions Club fundraiser and sold.
"Gathering for Supplies: By Michael A. Williams
In 2014, the artist
would place 2nd in the same competition out some 400+ entries with the art piece
titled "Winter Wanderland" , which is the very art piece given to
winter Wanderland" By Michael A. Williams
Also in 2012, the artist
has founded the non-profit organization "International Association for
Sight Impaired Artists". The purpose of the organization is to encourage
individuals who are blind or visually impaired to get involved in all aspects
of the arts.