Michael C. Williams Collection

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Godfrey Stephens, Michael Williams, 2000.

About Michael C. Williams

About Michael C. Williams

Dr. Michael C. Williams was a passionate collector who supported local emerging artists and had a strong interest in Northwest Coast Indigenous art. Best known as a heritage developer, he established the popular Swans Hotel and Brew Pub and was a key player in revitalizing Victoria’s Old Town in the 1980s and 90s.

Williams died in 2000 and left the largest ever gift to the University of Victoria, including numerous downtown properties, his home and his art collection. The Bequest contains more than 1000 works of art and represents his wide-ranging collecting tastes including contemporary regional work, historical Indigenous art, English antiques and decorative arts.

Learn more about Michael Williams and the Williams Legacy Chair.

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