Ron Williams

Author: Ron Williams
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Born in 1934 in Brooklyn NY, I grew up on Long Island. After abortive attempts at a college education I ultimately succeeded in graduating with honors in the fine arts and architecture from the University of Utah where I met my wife, Elsa Foss Williams. Returning to New York after an experience in Chile with the Peace Corps I engaged with a group of young designers and architects to form the group ONYX. I published a series of prints in the early 70s and later in the decade wrote and illustrated Building and Flying Indoor Model Airplanes which is now in its third printing and being sold by the Cooper Hewitt Museum's shop. During my ventures in the arts my day job was in architectural design, working for various firms until the early 70s and then with my own practice.

I have been awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal for my work in architecture school, the Sculpture prize in art school and the Birch Burdette Long prize for architectural drawing by the Architectural League of New York. I have shown work at the Salt Lake Art Center, the Allan Stone gallery in New York and at the Low Library Rotunda of Columbia University where I taught architecture and drawing from 1974 to 1981.

My wife and I have two children. Our daughter is a professor of history at San Francisco State University and our son is the owner, designer and operator of a business, Cilogear, in Portland OR. I have been living in Riverhead New York since 1986 and retired from work as an architectural designer to pursue personal design projects and painting/printmaking.