Artists in the Collection

Frederick Ballard Williams

Born 1871, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Died 1956, Glen Ridge, NJ, United States

Frederick Ballard Williams was a remarkably proficient landscape and figure painter who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1871 and died in Glen Ridge, NJ in 1956 (where he moved in 1895).

Williams studied at Cooper Union; with J.W. Stimson; at the NY Institute of Artist and Artisans, and the National Academy with C.Y. Turner, W.H. Gibson and E.M. Ward; and in England and France. The fun-loving, gregarious, ever-helpful Williams an “artist’s artist” who wanted to assist artists advance in talent and fame. He was an Associate (1907) and a full Academician (1909) of the National Academy of Design, NYC; the Lotos Club; the New York Water Color Club; Salmagundi Club (president, 1914-1919); National Arts Club; New York City Society of Painters; Montclair Art Association (president, 1924-1925; chairman of the art committee for 35 years) and the American Artists Professional League, NYC (founding president, 1928; national chairman for 22 years).

He exhibited widely and won awards and medals at the National Academy (1909); Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, NY (1901); American Artists Professional League gold medal (1949) and in that year the Montclair Art Museum gave him a retrospective exhibition; Salmagundi Club (1898, 1907), and more.