Susanne Williams

Susanne Williams and her family moved to Nebraska City in July 2016, after living in Moorhead, Minnesota for 19 years. 

A self-taught artist, she experiments with different media, using whatever she needs to make her ideas come to fruition. 

Williams can be found at Willi Nilli, her art studio and retail gallery, located at 1124 Central Avenue in Nebraska City. There, visitors can see her creating the paintings, jewelry, handbags and other objects that fill the gallery space.

A native of Nebraska, Williams completed a B.A. in Speech Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Before becoming a full-time artist in 2008, she was a tenured associate professor of Mass Communication and university administrator at Minnesota State University Moorhead.


1996 Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Ph.D. in Communication, Minor in Medical Sociology

1993 Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. M.A. in Communication

1991 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. B.A. in Speech Communication

Select Awards

2013 ManneqArt Recycled Materials Award for the garment sculpture “Oil Spill” 

2011 NICHE Award Winner in Fiber Surface Design for the piece "Crinkle Leather Mirror Frame"

2010 NICHE Award Winner in Fiber Surface Design for the piece "Crinkle Leather Satchel"

Select Exhibitions

2016, Spontaneous: Works on Paper, solo exhibition, Kimmel Gallery, Morton-James Public Library, February Featured Artist, Nebraska City, NE, February

2016, Artists Choosing Artists, The Burkholder Project, January - February, Lincoln, NE

2015, The Bakken Boom! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush curated by Becky Dunham, January 31– May 10, 2015, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND

2014, The Constraint Show: Labels, Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, Hjemkomst Cultural Center, Moorhead, MN

2014, 2013 Studio Crawl Preview Show, Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND 

2013, ManneqArt Wearable Art Show and Exhibition, Howard County, Maryland

2013, 2012, 2011 Design Green Exhibit, West Acres Mall, Fargo, North Dakota

2013, 2012 The Big Art Show Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists, Hjemkomst Cultural Center, Moorhead, MN

2012, 2009 American Craft Council Show, St. Paul, Minnesota

2012, 2009 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Maryland

2012, One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago, Illinois

2011, NICHE: The Show, Las Vegas, Nevada

2009, Western Design Conference: The Exhibition + Sale, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2010, 2009 American Craft Retailers Association (ACRE), Las Vegas, Nevada


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Willi Nilli by Susanne Williams. Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA