About

Fletcher Williams III (b. 1987) is a North Charleston based interdisciplinary artist whose theoretical and conceptual art making practice is rooted in southern vernacular. Williams studied drawing, painting, print making, graphic design, and sculpture at The Cooper Union, where he received a BFA in 2010 and worked for several years thereafter as a freelance graphic designer. While the core of Williams’ education focused on the visual arts, a significant portion of his education was dedicated to studying ritual theory through the lenses of anthropology and sociology. These concepts play an important role in his later works. In 2013, he returned to Charleston and began creating multimedia objects and installations that incorporate historical and contemporary narratives of culture and utility that are unique to the lowcountry. Currently, Williams works out of his single car garage located in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston.


Education /

The Cooper Union: For The Advancement of Science & Art, New York, NY | BFA 2010

Exhibitions /

  • Traces, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, S.C. 2018

  • Posing Possibilities, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston S.C. 2017

  • City Block, North Charleston S.C. 2017

  • Gateway Project Spaces, Newark, NJ, WITH LIBERTY AND [IN]JUSTICE FOR ALL?, September 7 - October 7, 2016

  • OFF WHITE, MoCada - Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY, August 4 - November 6, 2016

  • Beyond The Rainbow, Charleston SC, May 26–June 12 20-16

  • Route to Resettlement, Mann-Simon Site, Columbia SC, May 1–August 1 2016

  • McKissick Museum: Southern Rhythms, Columbia SC 2015

  • San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art + African American Museum of Fine Art, San Diego CA 2015

  • City Gallery - Piccolo Spoleto, Charleston SC 2015

  • Souvenir, Charleston, SC 2015

  • The Caribbean Cultural Center, H(A)UNTED, New York, NY 2012

  • 440 Gallery, Small Works, Brooklyn NY 2012

  • Rivington Design House, Coruscus - An Intro to the Embellishments, New York, NY 2011

  • Fowler Arts Collective, Year One, Brooklyn, NY 2011

  • Scripture & Gold, Charleston, SC 2011

  • Subspace Art: UPrising, Culver City, CA 2010

  • The Cooper Union, EOYS, New York, NY 2010

  • The Cooper Union, Powers That Be, New York, NY 2010

  • Maritime NYC: Young Guns, New York, NY 2010

  • Art Miami, Miami, FL 2009

  • Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL 2009

Awards /

  • 2018 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award

  • 2018 The Dean Collection 20 St(art)-Ups Grantee

  • 2015 Art Matters Foundation Grantee

Press /

  • Tableaux Guide - Charleston An Insider’s Guide

  • Wall Street Journal - America’s Art Scenes Off the Beaten Track: Beyond New York and London | Sept. 2018

  • Callaloo Journal - Interview Portfolio: An interview with Fletcher Williams III by Charles Henry Rowell | 2018

  • Art Mag - 10 Artists Shaping the Arts in Charleston, P.13 | 2017

  • BOMB Magazine - A Tale of Two Charlestons | Exhibition Review | 2017

  • VICE - AMUSE - 10 South Carolina Artists You Need to Know | 2017

  • North Charleston Magazine - N. Charleston Arts Fest features hometown artist Fletcher Williams III | 2017

  • Charleston City Paper - Fletcher Williams III's City Block Delves Deeper Into His Own Life | 2017

  • Post & Courier - North Charleston Arts Fest Concentrates Bounty Into Five Full Days | 2017

  • New York Times - What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week | 2016

  • Charleston Magazine - Weaving Past & Present |2016

  • Charleston City Paper - Is Charleston Listening? | 2015

  • CBC Radio - Episode Three: The Riches of Teeth | 2015

  • Post & Courier - Crime, Culture, Race, and History | 2015

  • HYCIDE Magazine - Review of new works examining Hip-Hop culture | 2013

  • Liberator Magazine - Artist Feature | 2013

  • Art Voices Magazine - H(A)UNTED | 2012

  • Pineapple & Milk - Coruscus | 2012

  • North Charleston Magazine - Interview | 2012

  • Charleston Scene - Interview | 2011

  • Howard University’s Amistad Literary Journal - Spiritual Works | 2010


Outreach /

  • Student Mural at Sanders Clyde Elementary | Charleston S.C. - 2017

  • Guest Presenter - Wando High School Art Department 2016

  • Guest Reader - Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Freedom School Summer Program 2016

  • Student Art Exhibition Guest Juror - Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC 2016

  • Black History Month Series Guest Speaker - St. John's High School, Johns Island, SC 2016

  • Artist for Emanuel Fundraiser - Charleston SC (Artwork Donation) 2015

  • Back Stage Pass: Trident Technical College Arts Division Fundraiser (Artwork Donation) 2015

  • James Simmons Elementary Career Day Visual Arts Advocate - Charleston SC 2015

  • Career Day Visual Arts Advocate - Memminger Elementary , Charleston SC 2015

  • Visual Arts Advocate - Stono Park Elementary, Charleston SC - Portfolio Presentation with Q&A 2015

  • Guest Judge - Charleston Trident Urban League - Fair Housing Poster Contest 2015

  • Silent Auction - Preservation Society of Charleston 2015 (Artwork Donation)

  • Mural Designer for New York City Public Schools, New York Cares - 2013

Partnerships /

  • Lowcountry Local First - Public Art Installation #lovealocal | 2017

  • Moja Arts Festival, Charleston SC 2016 (Poster Artwork and Design) | 2016

  • Colour of Music Festival, Charleston SC 2015 (Poster Artwork) | 2015

  • Fuze Beverages (Outdoor Mural) | 2012

  • Neff Headwear (On-site Painting) | 2012

  • Participation Agency | 2012