Ivy Williams is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Fine Arts Program. She is currently studying at Duke University for her Master of Fine Arts degree in the Experimental Documentary Arts Program. Ivy is passionate about social change and social justice and expresses this through films, graphic design, and animations.
Growing up in and experiencing the gentrification of Southeast D.C., Ivy has the first-hand experience in the ways gentrification profoundly disrupts, disregards, and dishevels Black communities. As a student at Penn, Ivy has witnessed the disconnect between the Penn community and the West Philadelphia community. This disconnect reminded Ivy of growing up in DC and has inspired her to delve into documentary filming and animation as a medium to express this disconnect.
Ivy aspires to continue filmmaking but in a more focused area of documentary film. With skills in animation, digital media, and hands-on experience with filmmaking, Ivy will continue her studies through the MFA Program in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. By creating documentaries with the inclusion and cross-discipline of digital media and animation, Ivy hopes to engage the nation in discussing socioeconomic inequality.
"Make sure you DON'T go past 40th Street!" my tour guide said to me. It was the Spring of 2016, my first time setting foot on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Roughly 140 miles north of DC, the same eradication of Blackness unfolded in West Philadelphia as the same in SE DC with gentrification. This erasure of Black history is evident with West Philadelphia High School, originally built in 1911, being remodeled into luxury lofts. This story and many others motivate me to document through art the many issues that impact the Black community.
As an artist, I essentially work in the digital media form to create pieces that challenge the norm and narrative. These same pieces also work to document the narratives that have been silenced or disregarded. Working as a documentarian and artist, I connect to much of the narratives that I showcase.