Vera Baker Williams at BMC, ca. 1947. Collection of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Gift of Nancy Miller Archer.
Vera Baker Williams attended BMC from 1945-1950 when she became one of the few to actually graduate. She was a student of Josef Albers and had artist Richard Lippold as her outside examiner prior to graduation. She married architect Paul Williams at the college and, with him, co-founded the artists’ co-op community called The Land in Stony Point, New York. Ms. Williams was an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books that often centered on diverse, working-class families, perhaps informed by her own childhood growing up during the Depression as the daughter of immigrants from Eastern Europe.