Joseph Williams

Artists Guild Coordinator
Communications Coordinator

Joseph Williams, a native of Washington, D.C., studied medieval art at Bates College and earned an MA in art history at the Courtauld Institute in London.  At Bates, he wrote an honors thesis and achieved the Geoffrey Charde award for most promise in the field of art history.  

Joseph has worked as a curator's assistant at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery (D.C.), an arts columnist, a tour guide at Washington National Cathedral, and, most currently, with Herron High School.  This summer, he has been asked to teach an introductory art history course at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI. 

Joseph is also an accomplished musician, working as a freelance bassist for jazz ensembles.  His work with the Circle City Chamber Group stems from his desire to connect Indianapolis' multi-dimensional arts community with its appreciators.

In recent years, Mr. Williams has received various awards for his studies in art history, including:

* The 2010 Distinction in MA Dissertation from the Courtauld Institute of Art.  This distinction is the highest available mark (70+) in the British grading system.  At the Courtauld, a merit on the dissertation (65+) is required to be considered for a PhD.

* The 2009 Geoffrey P. Charde Art Award from Bates College - Bestowed annually by the art history faculty to that senior student who best exemplifies great promise and a continually developing interest in the study of art history.

* 2008 Barlow Enrichment Travel Grant.  While in Italy during his undergraduate semester abroad, Joe travelled to Venice to compare the art and architecture of its distinct urban trading centers (sestieri) in the medieval period.

“Knowing Joe's hopes for stronger support for the arts community, and enthusiasm for our community and its continued growth, I couldn’t be happier to have Joe be a part of our organization.  His energy and eagerness to succeed fits in perfectly around here.”

-Andrew J. Lyon
The Circle City Chamber Group