MOUNT OLIVE – Mount Olive College is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of guest artist Chris Williams in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Gallery on March 1st through April 1st. The exhibit is titled “Screening Ghosts: Plastic Flame Press at 9” and will be open to the public.
Chris Williams is a self-trained screen-print artist. After getting his start asking questions of local printmakers and spending countless hours on gigposters.com, he has grown his business in just under a decade doing work for touring bands and universities. His most consistent work has been for Carrboro, NC’s Cat’s Cradle, having done several hundred posters for the club since 2005.
“At some point early on, gigposters, for me, became this playground for these characters I’d sketched in notebooks and on scraps of paper,” said Williams. “I’ve been lucky enough to do the gigposter thing for some really great folks over the years, which has given me the chance to start forming this finite imaginary world for the animals and ghosts and robots and children that reside in every print I do. And usually there is something personal in there, my son, the dog, something that not only allows me play with the world but to also be in it in some small way.”
In addition to numerous gallery shows showcasing his gigposter work, Chris has served as one of the primary artists for Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival and, in 2010, was invited to become a part of the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, which now holds over 400 of his posters, prints and flyers. Chris lives in Raleigh with his girlfriend and son.
Mount Olive College is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The college, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.