Local painter Geniver Williams is a prolific artist and a mother of six who has been painting for several years. She has put on personal exhibitions at her home studio on Treasure Island, and participated in student exhibitions. This month, for the first time one of her pieces, “Five Births,” is a part of a permanent public installation.
“I am very excited to finally be a recognized public artist,” said Williams.
The painting went on display at The Women's Interagency HIV Study clinic at Mt Zion hospital, located at 1600 Divisadero St in San Francisco, two weeks ago. It has become be a part of the study’s permanent art collection.
“I have always been a feminist and always been concerned about women’s health options, HIV status and reproductive rights .As a mother of 6 , I felt that this painting was inspired by these concerns and felt that the Women’s Study was the perfect place to display this painting. I donated the painting "Five Births" to them in acknowledgement of the deep impact that the women’s study and my participation in the study has had on my health and my life in general,” said Williams.
The Women's Interagency HIV Study is an organization that tracks the health of women over long periods of time and does HIV and AIDS research. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health
“I have been a part of the women's Study for over twenty years,” said William. “I go in every 6 months and get a full physical, gyno, and a panel of blood work and take part in a questionnaire about my sexual habit and drug use, and mental health. That data is tracked long term to see the relationship between women's lives and the possibility of HIV infection. In addition the clinic health workers have offered HIV/AIDS education and education on reproductive health, in a kind informative, nonjudgmental woman oriented environment.”
Williams studied art at City College of San Francisco. Known for its media arts programs and such notable alumni as actors Danny Glover and Bill Bixby, the beleaguered school has been threatened repeatedly with loss of accreditation. The school recently applied for Restoration status, which would give it an additional two years to comply with the standards set for schools with accreditation.