Chip Williams

Chip Williams

Associate Professor


Commercial Photography

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Chip Williams is an Associate Professor in Photography’s Commercial Photography concentration. Prior to coming to AppState, Chip worked as an editorial and corporate freelance photographer and filmmaker for over 20 years in Chicago. He shot on assignment for national magazines such as Smithsonian, US News & World Report, ESPN the Magazine, Kiplinger’s, Money and Parade. His clients included Abbott Laboratories, CNA Insurance, General Motors, IBM, Rhino Records, RR Donnellley, Sara Lee Corporation, Urban Prep Academies, to name a few.

Chip also worked as a corporate and documentary filmmaker and produced videos on location domestically and internationally in Africa, India, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil.
He received his MFA from Columbia College Chicago in Film and Video Production. Chip’s work can be found at 

In 2019, Chip was featured on the American Society of Media Photographers website’s Questions with an Educator.

Since coming to teach at AppState, Chip, together with his creative partner and wife, Anne Ward, have produced several documentaries about people and their stories here in the Appalachia region. Their production company is Coneflower Creative and their documentaries have been screened at numerous international, national and regional film festivals.

Their documentary work has been selected by and screened at:

  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • RiverRun International Film Festival 
  • Blackbird Film Festival 
  • UFVA Film Festival 
  • BEA Festival of Media Arts 
  • Longleaf Film Festivals 
  • Carrboro Film Festival 
  • Footcandle Film Festival

Their most recent documentary project, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Farm, Food and Community was just completed and explores the 20-year development of this organization and the local food pathways they have created for the region of Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties.