Artist Julianna Furlong Williams of Spencerport died August 4, 2011 following a long illness.
A graduate of RIT and Tufts University, Williams taught painting and drawing for many years at SUNY Brockport and Monroe Community College. Following her retirement, she spent most of her time creating layered paintings that were repositories of both public and private history.
In 2010, Williams and her husband, Lawrence “Judd” Williams, were two of the six artists invited by the Memorial Art Gallery to participate in the 4th Rochester Biennial. For that show, she contributed a series of 20 works on paper, all evoking the reality of death carried by such invisible agents as cancer, AIDS and biological weapons. The inspiration, as she wrote in her artist statement, was an uncle’s ledger from 1918, the year of a devastating influenza pandemic.