Biography

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee) is a contemporary multi-media artist. She uses the figure as a vehicle to lure the viewer into her stories. As a storyteller; her work weaves together the threads of various narratives to create a tapestry that tells stories that are sacred and precious, personal and universal, powerful and at times volatile. She brings to life things sometimes kept secret, hidden, and not permitted to be said in this the audience connects with the emotion captured in her work, a moment that resonates with their life, their story, allowing them to transcend differences of gender, race, class, ethnicity or sexual orientation and connect through their shared humanity.

Wilson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1992 in Ceramics and a Masters of Arts in Ceramics in 1994 and her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 2001, both from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Wilson now works and lives in Mustang Oklahoma. She has been exhibiting her narrative bronzes, photography, and encaustic relief paintings nationally and internationally since the early 1990s. Additionally, her works are in corporate, public, and museum collections throughout the United States, as well as national and international private collections. Wilsons work is represented in galleries on the East and West Coast as well as the Midwest.

Wilson has received recognition for her artwork through her inclusion in important juried exhibitions including, “Expressions of Spirit” at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in 1994. Most recently she was chosen to represent Oklahoma in the Museum Exhibition “Four by Four 2016: Midwest Invitational” at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Wilson is currently included in the exhibition “Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, Virginia. Wilson has received many awards, grants, and fellowships for her evocative sculptures, including a 2017 SWAIA Discovery Fellowship from the Santa Fe Indian Market and a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Future Solo Exhibitions: Oct 2017 M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa OK; Jan 2018 C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis, Davis Calf.; June 2018 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe NM.