Living African American Artists of North Carolina Exhibition was a group exhibition featuring four paintings by Emmett Ardie Williams including Cubist Woman, The Bass Player, Modern Mona and Still Life No. 7. Well known painters Floyd Newkirk, Van Dorn Hinnant, and James C. McMillan were also in the exhibition. He and the others were part of the African American Atelier in Greensboro, NC where most exhibited. Williams being Poster Artist of 2006. His Bass Player image was featured on it and appeared numerous times in publications in the area.
The painter attended The Corcoran School of Art in the early 1980’s. After securing a place in a Group Exhibition at The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall. “Spirits: The Makings of Masters”. He was 19. Later he would be awarded for his freshman studio work at the school. His interest in cubism and motion studies initially drew ire from some teachers. But the sketchbooks of his nightly scenes depicting DC streetwalkers and strippers were passed around the room before every class. Spectators observing him work in the street occasionally bought his books from him for hundreds of dollars on the street.