The Outsider Art of Ruby C. Williams
MMoA is proud to present an exhibition of artwork by Floridian outsider artist Ruby C. Williams in our Liebig Gallery from August 23 – October 5, 2019.
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 29, 5:30pm – 7pm
Ruby C. Williams, We are in love, 2011. Acrylic on plywood.
A farmer, minister, and grandmother, Ruby C. Williams is also a self-taught folk artist who took up painting in the early 1980s to pass the time while waiting for customers at her family’s produce stand along Florida’s State Road 60. Over the last three decades her brightly colored signs, rich with folk wisdom and observations of daily life, have drawn in just as many visitors as the vegetables and pies they advertise. Her family has farmed their land near Bealsville, Florida for generations; ever since Ruby’s great-grandmother, Mary Reddick, a freed slave, helped found the town.
In 2005, Williams received the Florida Folk Heritage Award. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums from Florida to the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC. Following exhibition here at MMoA, Williams’ pieces will be on display in Stockholm and Vienna.
More information about Ruby C. Williams may be found online at
Ruby C. Williams, I had it with you man, 2000. Acrylic on plywood.