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Anne Wilson

USA Distinguished Fellow

  • Crafts
  • 2015

    Evanston, IL


    Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculptures, drawings, performances, and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials -- table linens, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. In 2014, Wilson’s thread walking performance was staged at The Drawing Center in New York City and her work was also included in the exhibition "Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present,” originating at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Wilson’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions internationally including the 2002 Whitney Biennial; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Knoxville Museum of Art; and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has received the National Association of Schools of Art and Design citation for distinguished contributions to the visual arts and she is part of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Wilson’s artwork has been recognized by awards from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her primary representation is the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. She is a Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.