Detroit Institute of Arts to Honor Artist William T. Williams with 2011 Alain Locke Award

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DETROIT, MI.- The Detroit Institute of Arts auxiliary Friends of African and African American Art will present its 19th annual Alain Locke Award to renowned artist William T. Williams on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. As part of the event, Williams will give a talk entitled “Merging Art and Life in Abstraction.” Photographer Hugh Grannum will receive the Alain Locke Recognition Award. The event is free with museum admission. Williams is being recognized for his large, abstract paintings that reflect his mastery of color, his innovative artistic approaches, and his diverse range of interests. Throughout his 40-year career, Williams has generously mentored generations of artists. He is acknowledged as an initiator in 1968 of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s renowned Artist-in-Residence program, which continues to jumpstart the careers of many artists of African