Born in New Orleans, Louisiana


2008-2010    Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, BFA

2009             Yale University School of Art: Summer Programs, Norfolk, CT

2006-2008   Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2005-2006   School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) Boston, MA

2001-2004    NOCCA/Riverfront (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts), New Orleans, LA


2019 Untitled, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA

2019 Untitled, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2019 Staple Goods Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2017 lo·cus, 5 Press Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2013   Exposure, Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013   appositions: still / birth / shit, DODGE Gallery, New York, NY

2011   brown baby, DODGE Gallery, New York, NY

2009   redefining womb space, Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Milton, MA

2008   work and worship stem from the same root, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA

2005   Lorna Williams: Music from a Personal Perspective, Fine Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2005   Lorna Williams, House of Blues: Voodoo Gardens, New Orleans, LA

2004   Lorna Williams: Sounds of Preservation, the Fine Arts Center, New Orleans, LA


2014    we seemed to be unanimously elected, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY

2014    Afrofuturism, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

2013    Renderings: New Narratives and Reinterpretation, Brandywine Workshop,  Philadelphia, PA

2012    The Bearden Project, Studio Museum Harlem, NY

2012    Collage Logic, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2012    Twisted Sisters, DODGE Gallery, New York, NY

2012   Makeup on Empty Space, Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY

2011   MICA BFA Thesis Exhibition, Baltimore, MD

2010   S.O.S. Saving our Soul, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY

2010   DRAMATIS PERSONAE, DODGE Gallery, New York, NY

2009   New Art Collective 2009: Salt of the Earth, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

2006   Rise Up! Art, Sounds and Shrines, Arts Somerville, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

2006   Introductions 2006: George Rosa & Lorna Williams, Judi Rotenberg Gallery,  Boston, MA

2005   Sounds of the Grain, NOCCA/Riverfront Ken Kirschman Artspace,  New Orleans, LA


2014   Ossei-Mensah, Larry, “Emerging Modern Artists of 2014”, Uptown Magazine, April.

2013   Eler, Alicia, “The Girl Gore Aesthetics of White Lace, Ghosted Bodies, and Animal Menageries at Expo Chicago”, Hyperallergic, September.

2013   Miller, Leigh Anne, ‘’The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to Miss’’, Art in America, June.

2013   Plagens, Peter, “A Rock Shop, Pet Snakes and Abstracts”, The Wall Street Journal, May.

2012    Chou, Kimberly, “Harlem’s Renaissance Man”, The Harlem Times, August.

2012    Karadi, Kika, “Interview with Lorna Williams,” FLATT Magazine, May.

2011   Johnson, Ken, “Art Review: Lorna Williams, brown baby,” The New York Times, September.

2011   Gaebe, Carly, “Tree of Life: Q+A with Lorna Williams,” Art in America, September.

2011   Halle, Howard, “Your Guide to Lower East Side Shows,” Time Out New York, September.

2011   Miranda, Carolina, “Must See Arts in the City,” WNYC, September.

2009   McQuaid, Cate, “Theme with ill fitting variations,” The Boston Globe, July.

2008   McQuaid, Cate, “Collages with a Musical Lilt,” The Boston Globe, February.

2008   Faraone, Chris, “Art Star Re-shows on Newbury,” The Weekly Dig, February.

2007   Phillips, Sephen Bennett, New American Paintings No.69, Mid-Atlantic Edition

2006   McQuaid, Cate, “Best Art Gallery Shows of 2006,” The Boston Globe, January.

2006   McQuaid, Cate, “Feeling and depth beyond her years,” The Boston Globe, January.

2006   Haynes, Gloretta, “Lorna Williams: New Orleans to Newbury Street,” The Boston Banner, January.

2006   Strutt, Rachel, “Collage Student,” The Boston Globe Magazine, January.

2006   “Wild is this show,” The Boston Globe Sidekick, January.

2006   “Artist Delves into Original Fiber of New Orleans,” New England Cable Network, January.

2006   Power, Keith, “Making the Introductions for the Up and Coming Artists,” The Boston Herald, January.

2006   Strutt, Rachel, “New Material,” Concierge Magazine, Winter.

2006   Guiliano, Charles, “Introductions,” Maverick Arts Magazine, January.

2006   “Dig this,” The Weekly Dig, January.

2005   “Sounds of the Grain,” NOCCA/Riverfront, New Orleans.

2004   “Local Student Receives Artistic Scholarship,” The Louisiana Weekly, February.

2004   “Artist Lorna Williams makes Debut,” The New Orleans Data News Weekly, August.

2004   Elie, Lolis Eric, “Symbols, Sounds Stir Young Artist,” Times Picayune, New Orleans, August.


2014   40th Street Artist In Residence Program, Philadelphia, PA

2014   Swim Pony Performing Arts: Cross Pollination Project, Philadelphia, PA

2012   Brandywine Workshop Residency, Philadelphia, PA


2013   Art and Change Grant, Leeway Foundation

2010   Santa Farinella Sngiamo General Fine Arts Scholarship

2009   Ellen Battell Stockel Fellowship Recipient, Yale University, School of Art, Norfolk  Program

2009   Helen C. Stevens Scholarship for Rising Senior General Fine Arts Majors

2004   Presidential Scholars Program, Semifinalist

2004   National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts (NFFA)

2004 Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) Finalist in the Visual Arts Category, selected to participate in the 2004 ARTS week held in Miami, FL

2004   National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts (NFFA), Level 1 Prize Winner in the Visual Arts Category

2004   Daniel Price Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Young Artist Recipient

2004   Helen Mervis Scholarship Award Recipient


21C Museum

Pizzuti Collection

Wellington Management