Emmett Williams

1925 Born April 4th in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Grew up in Newport News, Virginia

1943 Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

1943-46 U.S. Army

1946 Trips to Poland and Greece on cattleboats

1947-49 Kenyon College, B.A.

1949-66 Lived and worked in France, Germany and Switzerland:
Member of the “Darmstadt Circle” of concrete poetry, Dynamic theater, etc., with Claus Bremer and Daniel Spoerri
Domaine Poétique in Paris with Robert Filliou, Bernard Heidsieck, François Dufrêne, Ghérasim Luca and Brion Gysin and the international Fluxus group since 1962

1966-70 Editor-in-chief, The Something Else Press, New York

1969 Artist-in-residence, University of Kentucky, Lexington

1970-72 Professor of Art, School of Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts

1972-74 Guest Professor, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax

1975-77 Artist-in-residence, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

1977 Wanderings in Japan with Ay-O

1977-78 Artist-in-residence, Research Fellow, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University

1978-80 Artist-in-residence, Leverett House, Harvard University

1980 Award-grant for work in Conceptual Art, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

1980 Artist-in-residence, Berliner Künstlerprogramm (DAAD)

1981-85 Guest professor, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, and Hochschule der Künste, Berlin

1987 Co-founder, International Symposium of the Arts, Warsaw
Artist-in-residence, Machida-shi Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo

1988-89 Barkenhoff-Stiftung, Arbeitsstipendium, Worpswede

1990 Guest artist, Malindi Artists' Proof, Malindi, Kenya
President, International Artists' Museum, Lodz, Poland

1991 Guest artist, Malindi Artists' Proof, Malindi, Kenya

1996 Hannah Höch Prize for “a lifetime of achievement in the arts”, Berlinische Galerie, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

1997 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa), Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Canada

2005 Doctor honoris causa, Poznan Academy of fine Arts, Poland