Chair, Art and Art History Department
Professor
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

David E. Williamson

Chair, Department of Art and Art History
Professor of Art

M.F.A. in Ceramics and Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.F.A. in Ceramics, Northern Illinois University

Contact: 

440-826-5912, dwilliam@bw.edu

David E. Williamson holds the Neal Malicky Chair in the Humanities. His areas of expertise are ceramics and sculpture. Williamson teaches the three-dimensional art courses at Baldwin Wallace University, including 3-D design, sculpture and ceramics. He also created the popular jewelry design courses that are part of the art curriculum. Along with his commitment to education, Williamson is a nationally and internationally recognized artist. His work has appeared in numerous books: "Hand and Home," "Making a Living in Crafts," "Craft in America," "The Fine Art of the Tin Can," "Leading the Artful Life," "Contemporary Crafts of the Americas," "The Jeweler's Studio Handbook," "21st Century Jewelry," "The Art and Craft of Jewelry Making," "Making Great Lamps," "Art Jewelry Today," many of Lark Crafts' "500 Series" books and "Collections." He has been featured in many periodicals, including Metalsmith, Ornament, Country Living Gardener, Exhibition in Print, The Crafts Report and, most recently, an eight-page feature in American Craft magazine. Williamson is the recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Ohio Designer Craftsmen. A frequent lecturer, David has presented at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Kent State University, Cranbrook Academy, Butler University, the Ohio Crafts Museum, the Block Museum at Nothwestern University, SOFA Chicago, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Oberlin College, Penland School of Crafts, the Gene Siskel Center for Film in Chicago and the University of Illinois. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Chrysler Museum, the Racine Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Tacoma Museum of Art. The actor Robin Williams once said, “Your work makes my heart tap dance.” Williamson and his wife Roberta were featured in the 2009 PBS documentary, "Craft in American" which was filmed in their studio and with students at Baldwin Wallace. The Williamsons are recognized as authorities on collaboration and team development. Through the Clay Street Project, a Procter and Gamble think tank in Cincinnati, they have worked with diverse product development teams such as Pampers, Tide Detergent and Gucci. David has juried many art competitions including the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio student art competition, the Cleveland Institute of Art Annual Student Independent Art Exhibition, the Ohio Craft Museum "Best of" competition, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Festival, Boston Mills Artfest and the Valley Art Center annual exhibition. 

The network created by this active professional life has helped facilitate opportunities for Baldwin Wallace students. Students have been accepted into highly competitive graduate programs, received internships at the prestigious National Portrait Gallery in the District of Columbia and found employment at creative companies Anthropologie, Heather Moore Jewelry, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, SPACES gallery and Walt Disney Studios. Baldwin Wallace ceramics students annually participate in the Empty Bowl Project, creating bowls as a community fundraiser to fight hunger.

Williamson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Northern Illinois University and Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.