Christian, William (Willie) (Milwaukee artist). (1933-Milwaukee, WI, 1994)

Bibliography and Exhibitions


Auer, James.
Painter Christian's life mixed artistry, generosity, tragedy.
Lengthy obituary with considerable biographical detail not available elsewhere. In: Milwaukee Journal, June 25, 1994, Section 2: pp.1, 4; b&w photo of artist.

MILWAUKEE (WI). Miller Brewing Co.
January 20-23, 26-30, 1981.
Solo exhibition of 38 oil and mixed media works, and graphite drawings. [Review: James Auer, "Symbols abound, message is clear" Milwaukee Journal, January 20, 1981; b&w photo of artist.]


FOND DU LAC (WI). National Exchange Bank.
William Christian and Ronald Nevels.
April-May, 1969.
Two-person exhibition. Presented by the Fond du Lac Human Rights Council in cooperation with the Milwaukee Inner City Artist Council Inc. [Review: Stan Gores, "37 Works of Art Displayed by Negroes from Milwaukee," Fond du Lac (Wisconsin) Commonwealth Reporter, Saturday, April 19, 1969.]

MILWAUKEE (WI). Gallery Toward the Black Aesthetic.
Group exhibition.
September, 1969.
Group exhibition. Included: William Christian, Paul W. Francis, Jr., Joseph Smith, Rockie Taylor, and Evelyn Terry. [Review: Jay Joslyn, "New Black Gallery Important Center," The Milwaukee Sentinel (September 15, 1969):5, 15.]

MILWAUKEE (WI). Jazz Gallery.
Permission to Paint, Please! Tribute Exhibition.
July 24-August 22, 2009.
Group exhibition of 14 underappreciated recently deceased Wisconsin artists. Curated by Evelyn Patricia Terry. Artists featured in the exhibition are William Christian, Reverend Josephus Farmer, Calvin Greer, Edgar Jeter, George Leazer, Rudy McClain, Richard Mynor, Reverend Frank Morries, Bill Mosby, Jacqueline A. Richards, Simon Sparrow, Patrick Turner, Gerald Wallace and Medahochi Kofi Zannu. All lived, for a significant portion of their lives, in Milwaukee, with the exception of Sparrow who lived in Madison, Wisconsin and Mynor, who lived in Grand Marsh. Most were self-taught, although Richards and Turner received degrees from The University of Wisconsin in visual arts.

MILWAUKEE (WI). Marine Plaza.
[Black Art Exhibit].
July 28-August 20, 1968.
Group exhibition organized by The Milwaukee Inner City Arts Council in collaboration with the Marine National Exchange Bank. Included: William Christian, photographers Isadore Knox and Tom Harris, portraits by Bill Nolen, Don Lawrey, Ronald Nevels; pencil drawings by Ted Cosey, expressionist painting by Marilyn Cross, large found-object collage by Cecil Taylor. [Review: Jay Joslin, "Black Art Exhibit Has Significance, " Milwaukee Sentinel, July 29, 1968; includes b&w photo of Ted Cosey and Cecil Taylor viewing collage by Taylor.]

MILWAUKEE (WI). South Building of the Civic Center Campus University Extension of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Dialogue In Black.
February 10-28, 1969.
Group exhibition organized by The Milwaukee Inner City Arts Council. Included: Sheila Allbritton, Mary Childs, William Christian, Marilyn Fitzgerald, Steve Gray, Tom Harris, Isadore Knox, Daniel Marion, Ronald Nevels, John Orton, B.C. Roase, Lonnie Nash, Fran Robinson, Pfc. James H. Shifflett III, Corrine Stokes, Scarlet Stokes, Evelyn P. Terry, Troy Yancey (as Yancy).