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Paula Wilson

Born 1975, Chicago, IL, United States

Paula Wilson, portrait
Paula Wilson, Sunflower, 2017

Paula Wilson enlists an extensive range of techniques to create her hybrid works. Using sculpture, collage, painting, installation, and printmaking.

Selected Works

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs from the exhibition. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Paula Wilson

Mixed-media artist Paula Wilson enlists an extensive range of techniques to create her hybrid works. Using sculpture, collage, painting, installation, and printmaking methods such as silkscreen, lithography, and woodblock, Wilson explores perceptions of light, form, and the body in space. Various textures and vibrant colors are layered in collaged pieces, such as Tomorrow’s Tomorrow (2008), where a vase of flowers lit by a stained glass window is constructed on a piece of paper through oil, spray paint, and collaged, inlayed woodblock prints. Equally multifaceted as her densely layered collages is her subject matter and vast expanse of inspirations, drawn from cultural histories, identities, and an exploration of various female personas.

Biography

Paula Wilson (born 1975) is an African-American “mixed media” artist creating works examining women’s identities through a lens of cultural history. She uses sculpture, collage, painting, installation, and printmaking methods such as silkscreen, lithography, and woodblock. Paula Wilson attended Washington University (St. Louis, MO) from 1994-1998, earning her BFA and graduating summa cum laude. Wilson earned her MFA from Columbia University (New York, NY) in 2005. Wilson currently lives and works in Carrizozo, New Mexico with her partner, woodworker Mike Lagg.

CV

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
The Light Becomes You, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, NY
Spread Wild, Pleasures of the Yucca, SMACK MELLON, Brooklyn, NY
PIECESCAPE, Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, CA
FLOORED, Williamson | Knight, Portland, OR

2017
Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
Sunrise, Sunset, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL

2015
Salty & Fresh, Cherry & Lucic, Portland, OR
Back it Up, Museum Blue, St. Louis, MO

2014
Undress, Center for Contemporary Arts, Spector Ripps Project Space, Santa Fe, NM

2010
First Story, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2008
The Stained Glass Ceiling, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Paintings and Drawings from the Hanno Valley, Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy

2000
What’s So Personal, The Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL

SELECTED GROUP AND THREE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019
In This Body of Mine, Frederick Layton Gallery at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
Fragment, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

2018
Paradise Summit Miami, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL
Island Press: Recent Prints, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Thinking Through Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT

2016
The Home Show, form & concept, Santa Fe, NM
Girls Who Dance in Dissonance, Wayside, Los Angeles, CA
Surface Area: Selections from the Permanent Collection,
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2015
Summer Art Faculty Exhibition, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Paula Wilson & Jovencio de la Paz, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
Perception Isn’t Always Reality, Kranzberg Arts Center, St. Louis, MO,
DRAW: Mapping Madness, Inside – Out Art Museum, curated by Tomas Vu,Beijing, China

2014
Lake Effect, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, curated by Mike Andrews, Saugatuck, MI

2013
I Am The Magic Hand, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, Organized by Josephine Halvorson, New York, NY
Sanctify, Vincent Price Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2012
The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Configured, Benrimon Contemporary, Curated By Teka Selman, New York, NY

2011
Art by Choice, Mississippi Museum of Fine Art, Jackson, MS
The February Show, Ogilvy & Mather, New York, NY

2010
Art on Paper: The 41st Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Defrosted: A Life of Walt Disney, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

2009
41st Collectors Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
Carrizozo Artist’s Show, Gallery 408, Carrizozo, NM
While We Were Away, Sragow Gallery, New York, NY
A Decade of Contemporary American Printmaking: 1999-2009, Tsingha University, Beijing, China
Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2008
Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, Spelman College of Art, Atlanta, GA

2007
Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Horizon, EFA Gallery, Curated by David Humphrey, New York, NY
Black Alphabet, conTEXTS of Contemporary African American Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2006
Turn the Beat Around, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
The Manhattan Project, Fred Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
Frequency, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

GRANTS, AWARDS, HONORS

2017
Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence, New Orleans, LA

2016
Untitled Fair, Island Press, Miami Beach, FL

2014
‘BAZAAR,’ P3 Studio Residency, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV Curated by the Art Production Fund.
Cannonball Visiting Artist Residency, Miami, FL

2009
Fabric Workshop and Museum Residency Grant, Philadelphia, PA
Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant
Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2007
Short List, Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY

2006
Giverny Residency, Art Production Fund, Giverny, France

2004
Edward Mazella Jr. Scholarship for Excellence in the Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York

1998
Women’s Studio Workshop Intern, Rosendale, NY
Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Johnson, VT
Milovich Award in Painting, School of Art, Washington University

1994
Founder and Director, The Danchimah Nigerian-American Laboratory Schools Creative Arts Center, Abia State, Nigeria

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Studio Museum Harlem
New York Public Library
Yale University Art Gallery
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Middlebury University
The Norton Collection
Saatchi Gallery
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Moore College of Art and Design
Girls’ Club
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

TEACHING

2018
Instructor, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
Instructor, Ox-Bow School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI

2017
Professor, Fine Arts Works Center, Summer Workshop, Provincetown, MA
Visiting Artist, University of Ohio, Columbus, OH
Visiting Lecturer, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Printmaking Department, RI

2016
Visiting Artist, Boston University, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist, University of New Mexico, Carrizozo, NM
Visiting Lecturer, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Visiting Lecturer, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2015
Visiting Lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle, WA,
Visiting Artist, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Visiting Artists, Skidmore College Summer Art Program, Saratoga Springs, NY
Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
Louis D. Beaumont Artist-in-Residence & Visiting Assistant Professor in the College and Graduate School of Art,
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2014
Visiting Artist, Boston University, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist, University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts, Albuquerque, NM
Discovering Design, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, FL

2013
Visiting Critic, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Second Saturday, Roswell, NM
Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan

2012
Visiting Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2011
Visiting Lecturer, The City College of New York, New York, NY
Visiting Lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2010
Ox-Bow Winter Session, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI
Visiting Artist, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Visiting Lecturer, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Visiting Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2008
Visiting Lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2007
Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY
Visiting Lecturer, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

2005- 07
Visiting Critic, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2005
Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

University of Iowa Editions, Iowa City, IA, 2016
University of Oregon Editions, Eugene, OR, 2015
Island Press, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2015-2016
Master Print Series, MassArts, Boston, MA, 2012
City Editions, City College, New York, NY, 2012
Earth By, A Planet Magazine Publication, http://store.planet-mag.com/
Columbia University’s Leroy Nieman Print Center Last Summer, Poker at Greg’s House, and Remodeled, New York, NY, 2007
North Drive Press, Volume 2. Curated by Matt Keegan, Brooklyn, NY, 2006
The Analogue Press Portfolio Series, Volume 1, Issue 3. Curated by Annie Shaw, Los Angeles, CA, April 2005
A Stone’s Throw, Juried Twenty-Three Member National Portfolio Exchange, New York, NY, 1997

EDUCATION
2004-2005
Columbia University, MFA, New York, NY

1994-1998
Washington University, BFA, summa cum laude, St. Louis, MO

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