Sarah Williams


Sarah Williams was raised in the rural midwest in Brookfield, Missouri. These roots have influenced her representations of small towns and vernacular architecture. Her intimate, tightly-painted works often portray buildings such as gas stations, burger joints, and bungalows. These tableaux of American life, while unremarkable in themselves, are elevated by Williams’ adept handling of light and mood. In her hands, the everyday becomes a fascinating enigma. After earning a BFA from William Woods University, Missouri, Williams completed her MFA in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in 2009.  She now serves as professor of painting at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

Williams’s artwork has been shown in institutions throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Micolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas; Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas; and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri. Her work is included in numerous institutional collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas; Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas; Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, Washington; Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming; Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas; University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; and William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri.


Sarah Williams

Rural Routes
Talley Dunn Gallery
January 11 – February 22, 2020

Sarah Williams

Passing Through: Works By Lloyd Brown, Pat Gabriel And Sarah Williams
Tyler Museum of Art
September 8 – December 1, 2019

Sarah Williams

Area Codes
Talley Dunn Gallery
January 16 – February 20, 2016



The Southern Review

“About the artist: Sarah Williams” 
Spring 2016

New American Paintings

Juror: Kelly Shindler
August – September 2015