2018 Art Recognition Ceremony

May 17, 2018
8p, Graham Chapel

The 2018 College of Art and Graduate School of Art Recognition Ceremony will take place at 8p May 17 in Graham Chapel.

Main speaker: Paula Wilson, BFA98
Graduate Speaker: Jacopo Mazzoni, MFA18
Undergraduate Speaker: Yuwei Pan, BFA18 in Art

The Sam Fox School Diploma Distribution and Reception will be held May 18, immediately following the All-University Commencement Ceremony.

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Paula Wilson

Based in Carrizozo, New Mexico, Paula Wilson is a visual artist whose multimedia practice employs an extensive range of techniques to explore perceptions of light, form, and the body in space. Wilson’s work varies widely, encompassing sculpture, densely layered collage, painting, installation, and printmaking methods. Her subject matter is equally multifaceted, drawing inspiration from real and invented cultural histories and identities exploring myth, race, and the dimensions of femininity.

Wilson’s work is included in the collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Yale University Art Gallery, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Tang Museum, and Saatchi Gallery, among others. Previous solo exhibitions have been at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Emerson Dorsch, Cherry & Lucic, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Wilson is a recipient the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and was selected for Art Production Fund’s P3 Studio artist-in-residence program at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and for the Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence Program at Yale University Art Gallery.

Wilson earned a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University. She served as the Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sam Fox School in 2015. Currently, she co-runs the artist-founded organization MoMAZoZo and the Carrizozo Artist in Residency.


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