The Red Magpie

“There is always the temptation in life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for years on end. It is all so self conscience, so apparently moral...But I won't have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous...more extravagant and bright." Dillard

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, is an artist and teacher currently employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. She has a joint appointment between the School of Art and Art History (Intermedia) and Gender Women's and Sexuality Studies. She is originally from North Carolina (the Eastern Coastal Plain), but she has lived in Iowa since 1998, and taught at The University of Iowa since 1999. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women's issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. She earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University and an MFA (Studio Art) and a Ph.D.(Art Education) from Florida State University.

American alternative/single creator comics and graphic novels have been at the heart of her creative scholarship for the past few years. Her graphic scholarship has been published by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, and the International Journal of Comic Art. Her current projects include a graphic novel about the Detroit Race Riots of 1943, a mini comic about police brutality,and The Prison Chronicles, a series of stories about working in prisons.

(Short interview for Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Dept.)

Below are a collection of video clips related to my experiences teaching, making comics, and work in general.

This was filmed by the Center for Teaching at the University of Iowa and features a short discussion with Mark Isham a fellow comics maker and teacher at the university.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZO4JwGMEqo

This video is part of a larger series called Women at Iowa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEa6r2TM4ps

This is from the Incarcerated at Iowa Conference in 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5fRfs5U-XE

 

 

Interview with Madde Hoberg for the GWSS Department

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEZp_KmK9pY

Video for the UIOWA Foundation