For the better part of 20 years, Amanda Williams (b. 1974, evanston, IL, lives chicago) has been consumed with how combining art and architecture might help make all parts of cities thrive. Williams graduated from Cornell University’s school of Architecture and practiced in the Bay Area for a number of years. Color is a central preoccupation in her work, with an evolving palette that is largely derived from the urban landscapes she traversed as a child growing up in Auburn Gresham. Amanda is deeply invested in understanding the relationship of color, race and space. She uses vivid, culturally derived colors to paint foreclosed and abandoned houses on Chicago’s south side as a way to mark the pervasiveness of neglected and undervalued Black city space. Amanda’s work has garnered several accolades and opportunities for meaningful partnerships and collaborations. She is a participant in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a 3Arts Foundation awardee, and recipient of a Joyce Foundation scholarship. She is a former Eidlitz Travel Fellow to Ethiopia and was a featured artist in Chicago Artist Month and by Chicago Artist Coalition. Williams has exhibited and lectured throughout the US, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Syracuse University and the University of Michigan. Amanda is a member of the Board of the Hyde Park Art Center and has served as an advisor for the MCA Chicago, the Field Museum and the Chicago Park District. Williams is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she recently received an excellence in teaching award.