Materials Decoded: Amanda Williams & Illinois Institute of Technology Students

Amanda Image
Image of recent project by Amanda Williams, 2017. Photography by De Nichols.

Gallery 5

Visual artist and trained architect Amanda Williams will run an IIT Undergraduate Studio class addressing the social, cultural and economic value of the materials commonly and uncommonly use to create buildings. The class will conduct their materials lab from the Art Center’s Reva and David Logan Studio and feature selected developments made in the class in Gallery 5.  The architectural objects in the exhibition will evolve and rotate as the research into materials digs deeper throughout the run of the show.

Studio 2 will host the architects-in residence and will be open to the public to witness the process of developing new ideas in repurposing materials. Here, the students will research materials and explore alternative uses for brick remnants as well as create viable materials to replace or repair brick. As a result, the show will have a pedagogical component that presents architecture, and even existing buildings and materials, as an evolving field and arena of thought. This exhibition will run the duration of the Architecture Biennial and provide a South Side platform to highlight emerging practices in art, architecture and design.

Amanda Williams

A graduate of Cornell University, and a native of Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, Amanda Williams is interested in how combining art and architecture might help make all parts of cities thrive. Her work spans the fields of painting, installation, and photography, and reflects the cultural relationship between color, race, and space. In addition to her visual arts practice, which includes traditional paintings, cut paper maps, and public art, Amanda has served as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and is currently a visiting faculty member at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Art and Design in St. Louis, Mo.

Amanda is a sought-after lecturer, an alumnae of Hyde Park Art Center's Center Program, and has participated widely in individual and group shows, including an entry in the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, and forthcoming exhibitions at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, The Arts Club of Chicago and the MCA Chicago. She is based in Chicago.

Material Decoded is held in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial