Meet the Judge for 2016: Ife Williams

Ife Williams: 2016 Barefoot in the Park Judge Ife Williams is Executive Director of the Hudgen’s Center for the Arts in Duluth, GA. Williams has an impressive background in the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Metalsmithing from the University of Michigan, earned a Master’s in Museum Studies at Syracuse University, and received a Certificate of Nonprofit Organizational Management from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Her professional experience includes Museum Curator at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami; Development Consultant at the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Miami; Assistant Collections Registrar for the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle; and most recently, Program Development Specialist at Fulton County Arts and Culture (FCAC), Atlanta.

Williams joined FCAC as a Public Art Program Coordinator in 2005. She went on to manage the Contracts for Services Program and held the positions of Interim Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, and then Director of Arts and Culture.

She stated that through her tenure at FCAC she learned what it means to serve the public, facilitate genuine community engagement and provide guidance to elected officials.