THE JOHN C. WILLIAMS GALLERY
ABOUT JOHN C. WILLIAMS
John Williams’ history in Southern’s School of Visual Art and Design began in 2002 when he joined the faculty as a professor, three years later becoming its dean. As dean, Williams brought “peace, trust, respect, and higher level of professionalism,” says professor Giselle Hasel. “Professors under his leadership were to focus on the quality of teaching as well as take responsibility for the content of the art produced by students under their care.”
The faculty and students flourished under Williams’ leadership, and he became not only their dean but also their friend, mentor, and, above all, a man greatly loved and respected.
“He was a really great friend,” remembers Zach McDonald, ’08. “After I graduated, I would come back, and we would sit and talk for hours. I respected him so much as an artist, and on top of that he was a real Christian who lived with integrity. He still inspires me today to keep working and producing art. I got to see him two weeks before he passed away, and he said to me, ‘Good work; it’s beautiful stuff.’”
Williams passed away on October 8, 2009, yet his legacy continues to inspire art students.