Ajene Williams, the 23 year old current artist in residence at Sloss Furnace was named this years Emerging Artist.
The contemporary art festival hands out this honor annually to a talented Birmingham artist. The award was established to spotlight, support and present new artists of great artistic potential and integrity to the Festivals sponsors, patrons and public.
Williams began his art training while attending Woodlawn High School, where he was taught and mentored by Jena Momenee. Momenee enrolled him in the Summer Youth Program at Sloss Furnaces, where he was quickly recognized as a gifted artist, winning first place in the program’s exhibition. Thereafter, Williams was invited to work at Sloss Furnaces in 2011 as a paid intern. He currently holds the prestigious title of Artist in Residence at Sloss Furnaces, where he studies the art of casting metal under the tutelage of Director of Metal Arts Marshall Christie and Senior Artist in Residence John Stewart Jackson. His work is currently on display at Alabama Power’s exhibition honoring the Sloss Metal Arts program and artists.
Williams sculptures figurative creatures like owls, snakes and swans, in wax before casting in them in iron. His works are typically small and very detailed
. For more information about the award and the artist, visit the Magic City Art Connection site here.