Graphic novelist, painter, and social justice activist Dr. Rachel Marie-Crane Williams will speak about her work on Thursday, February 25 from 5-6 p.m. in Sharadin 120. Rachel Marie-Crane Williams is an artist and teacher currently employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. She has a joint appointment between the School of Art and Art History (Intermedia) and Gender Women’s and Sexuality Studies. She is originally from North Carolina (the Eastern Coastal Plain), but she has lived in Iowa since 1998, and she has taught at The University of Iowa since 1999. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women’s issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. She earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University and an MFA (Studio Art) and a Ph.D.(Art Education) from Florida State University.
American alternative/single creator comics and graphic novels have been at the heart of her creative scholarship for the past few years. Her graphic scholarship has been published by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, and the International Journal of Comic Art. Her current projects include a graphic novel about the Detroit Race Riots of 1943, a mini comic about police brutality and The Prison Chronicles, a series of stories about working in women’s prisons.
Professor Williams teaches courses about comics and sequential art, women’s studies, intermedia, feminist research methods, and civic engagement.
Her work can be explored at http://www.rachelwilliams.squarespace.com