Born in Pennsylvania, Richard Williams studied sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University, and Printmaking at the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S Army Air Force for three years, painting mascots on the noses of bombers during his spare time. He moved to Winnipeg in 1954, and held the position of Director of the University of Manitoba School of Art for more than twenty years. He became a Canadian Citizen in 1969. Williams has shown his work across Canada and the United States for more than sixty years. The Naked Block Party was shown at Winnipeg’s Art Collectors Club in May and June of 2000.