John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC

john mcwilliamsJohn McWilliams was born in 1941 and currently resides in McClellanville. He received his the B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and is Professor/Director Emeritus of Georgia State University School of Art and Design. McWilliams has received numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in photography.

In 1988, McWilliams published Land of Deepest Shade: Photographs of the South with the Aperture Foundation and the High Museum. He continues to work as a photographer but primarily his work is in relief printmaking and drawing.

McWilliams has been making woodcuts for about fifteen years. He comments, “I am drawn to them because the cut in wood has the expressive potential of a drawn line. A woodcut can be printed many times, compiled in a book, distributed easily and even left in unsuspected places to be discovered. At its best a woodcut is a distillation of an idea controlling the page that it sits on, an enigma.” He is able to work everyday from idea to idea, letting one lead to the next. When a theme emerges McWilliams is eager to put a group of prints into a cohesive form. McWilliams says, “My work centers me and puzzles me which sounds like a contradiction. It makes me feel alive.”



Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute.  Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at or 843-953-5652.


Community Partners 2017