Dennis Williams II is the Curriculum Developer at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to his role at the ICA, Williams is the Mobile Market Manager at Shalom Farms, a non-profit dedicated to effecting food justice and to ensuring that people in low-income and marginalized communities have access to healthy food.
Williams is interested in the intersections of African American history, visual culture, social justice, and community building. He has presented on these topics at Columbia University, Virginia Historical Society, and other institutions. In 2015, he served as Lead Builder for Performing Statistics, a city-wide collaborative project connecting incarcerated teens, artists, and Virginia’s top legal experts to transform the juvenile justice system. He has lectured at the Richmond City Justice Center, coordinating a documentary film series on systems of oppression with Dr. Brian Daugherity of VCU’s Department of History and co-teaching a course titled Visual Culture and Social Justice with Dr. Melanie Buffington of VCU’s Art Education Department. Since 2009, he has served as a resident designer for the Conciliation Project, a Richmond-based theater company led by Dr. Tawyna Pettiford-Wates.
Williams is a dual graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his bachelor’s (2012), with honors, in Art History with a concentration in Architectural History and a minor in History, and his master’s (2014) in Art History.