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Ann is an art historian, disability studies scholar, and visual artist who specializes in painting and collage. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently serves as a Senior Lecturer for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches classes on modern and contemporary art, disability studies, and gender studies. Her book, The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. She has recently published her memoir, Re-Membering: Putting Mind and Body Back Together Following Traumatic Brain Injury.
Ann has been able to come back from setbacks that, for others, might have been debilitating. Ann was born a congenital amputee, but nevertheless has had a successful career, earning her PhD in Art History from University of North Carolina– Greensboro. In 2007, Ann was hit by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury– causing significant short- and long-term memory loss. This would be difficult for anyone, let alone someone who had already had to learn to live with her disability. Despite the obvious difficulties, Ann learned to maintain a positive outlook, partially through her art. She is a phenomenal painter whose works celebrate the disabled body, and has turned to collage to express her non-linear sense of time after her brain injury. Ann’s story may seem unbelievable, but it is real. She is, on top of it all, an incredibly hard-working, energetic, and intellectually ambitious person.
Posted on February 20, 2017
The Listening Project: Lessons of Life, Love, and Listening to God
In her second book, Williams (Working as One) recounts her journey to become better at listening to the divine voice within. She focuses primarily on a dark, difficult period in her life when she experienced significant loss, including the deaths of two of her friends, her horses, and her cat. Williams writes honestly and candidly about her struggles to overcome her ego and her task-oriented personality in order to turn inward and get in touch with her intuitive side. She explores how connecting with animals, observing signs in nature, and paying attention to sometimes not-so-subtle hints from God allowed her to heal, grow, and transform. Williams is at her best when ruminating on her relationship with her horses and dealing with their loss. Any horse lover or pet owner is sure to connect with her painful descriptions of saying goodbye to these faithful companions. By focusing on her struggle to process overwhelming loss, Williams encourages readers of all faith backgrounds to find solace and healing in the quest to become a better spiritual listener. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 04/11/2016 Release date: 06/01/2015