Judith McWillie | Filmmakers on Folkstreams

Judith McWillie

Judith McWillie, is an artist, curator, and author; she is Professor Emerita of Drawing and Painting of the Lamar Dodd School of Art of the University of Georgia. A native of Memphis Tennessee, she began documenting artists of the Black Atlantic Tradition in 1969 and later curated the influential exhibition, Another Face of the Diamond: Pathways Through the Black Atlantic South (1989), at INTAR (International Arts Relations) Gallery in New York. Since 1984 she has published essays and features in arts and culture magazines, exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and is co-author, with Grey Gundaker, of No Space Hidden: the Spirit of African American Yard Work (2005 U. of Tennessee Press), winner of the 2007 James Mooney Award of the Southern Anthropological Society. Her films, including J.B. Murray: Writing in an Unknown Tongue; Reading Through the Water (1986), draw from her extensive video archive of field recordings, a project ongoing since 1984, accessible on line through the Southern Folk Life Collection of the University of North Carolina.