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Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in American Indian Art

March 2 – July 28, 2024

Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in American Indian Art
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina

Organized by guest curator Nancy Strickland Fields (Lumbee), director/curator of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the upcoming exhibition To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art features works by 75 Indigenous artists from over 50 tribes throughout the United States and Canada, including eight from North Carolina.

To Take Shape and Meaning brings together a wide range of Indigenous world views, ideas, experiences, traditions, cultures, and media and emphasizes the continuity and evolution of Native arts, both collective and individual expressions of Native America. The exhibition, composed exclusively of 3-D artworks, includes baskets made of blown glass, cars transformed into works of art, and cutting-edge fashion ensembles embellished with elaborate beadwork and feathers. This project supports the NCMA’s ongoing goal of presenting expansive and inclusive art historical narratives in all aspects of the Museum and of bringing in contemporary artists whose works focus on themes that are particularly relevant to the concerns of the current moment.


Native Futures


September 16, 2023 – May 17, 2024

The inaugural “Native Futures” exhibition features more than a dozen established and
emerging Native artists in the Great Lakes region, including works by CfNF co-founders,
Noelle Garcia, Kelly Church, Jason Wesaw, Tom Jones, Holly Wilson, John Hitchcock, Camille
Billie, June Carpenter, Codak Smith, Le’Ana Asher, Dakota Mace, Ji Hae Yepa-Pappan,
Chelsea Big Horn, Lydia Cheshewalla, Hattie Lee, X and TIES poets
. Featured at the opening reception was a perfomance by Chicago-based Frank Waln, and catering by Chef Jessica Walks First and Ketapanen Kitchen.

Native Futures
Spectrum Within Under Our Skin-Holly Wilson
Spectrum Within Under Our Skin-Holly Wilson
Spectrum Within Under Our Skin-Holly Wilson
Spectrum Within Under Our Skin-Holly Wilson
Spectrum Within Under Our Skin-Holly Wilson
Spectrum Within Under Our Skin-Holly Wilson




August 19 – 20, 2023


I am so thrilled to announce that I will be at this year’s SWAIA Market!
I hope you will stop by my new booth and see what I have been working on for the last year. I will have new Jewelry, Drawings, Bronze, and Paintings. It is a joy for me to see all the smiling faces and hear how you have been, so please stop by and say hello.

Booth #LIN W 719
Saturday Aug 19, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Aug 20,  9:00am-5:00pm

There will be performances, music, food, and artists through out the Santa Fe plaza and surrounding area. This is a community event that has always been filled with amazing art, artists, camaraderie, performances, a place to meet new and old friends, and a celebration of diverse Indigenous cultures and creativity.

Here is a link to the full schedule

Bloodline-Holly Wilson

Never Broken: Visualizing Lenape Histories at Michener Art Museum

Never Broken: Visualizing Lenape Histories
September 9, 2023 – January 14, 2024
James A. Michener Art Museum

Never Broken: Visualizing Lenape Histories considers the power of art to construct and dismantle inaccurate Indigenous histories through a dynamic display of contemporary art by Lenape (also called Delaware) artists in dialogue with historic Lenape ceramics, beadwork, and other cultural objects and representations of Penn’s Treaty by European American artists. The exhibition features recent and newly commissioned work by Ahchipaptunhe (Delaware Tribe of Indians and Cherokee), Joe Baker (Delaware Tribe of Indians), Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation and Cherokee), and Nathan Young (Delaware Tribe of Indians, Pawnee, and Kiowa) that express personal and tribal identity and address the Lenape’s violent displacement from Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland which encompasses the region where the Michener Art Museum currently stands. Through a focus on Lenape art and culture and a critical examination of historical visualizations of Native and European American relationships, Never Broken demonstrates the ways in which art can create, challenge, and rewrite history. 

Never Broken is curated by Joe Baker, co-founder and executive director of Lenape Center in Manhattan, and Laura Turner Igoe, chief curator at the Michener Art Museum.  

Never Broken: Visualizing Lenape Histories is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program.

This exhibition was supported by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Additional support was provided by

Michener Art Museum’s Corporate Business Partners

Eiseman Construction, Inc.

Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Never Broken: Visualizing Lenape Histories
September 9, 2023 – January 14, 2024
James A. Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901


EXPO Chicago 2023 with Center For Native Futures: Booth #419


Booth #419

13–16 APRIL 2023


EXPO CHICAGO is located at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier in the Festival Hall
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611

Thursday, April 13 | 12:00noon – 9:00pm
By Invitation Only.


Thursday, April 13 | 6:00–9:00pm
Limited Availability | A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Admission to Opening Night at EXPO CHICAGO grants ticket holders exclusive first-look access alongside premier offerings and benefits. General admission tickets for EXPO CHICAGO are not valid for Opening Night.

Friday, April 14 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, April 15 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, April 16 | 11:00am – 6:00pm


Single Day Admission | $35
Single Day Admission + Guided Tour | $55
Student/Senior Single Day Discount Admission (available on-site) | $30
Three Day Admission | $50
Opening Night Admission | $150 (limited availability)

Click here for a link to tickets


Seen UnSeen Holly Wilson-Duhesa Gallery Colorado State University Fort Collins Colorado

Seen UnSeen by Holly Wilson at the Duhesa Gallery Colorado State University Fort Collins Colorado

Seen Unseen
Duhesa Gallery
Feb 21 – July 14

Opening and Talk 4:30 -6pm, Feb 21, 2023

1101 Center Avenue Mall
8033 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Duhesa Gallery can be found on the 300 level of the LSC near the Grand Ballroom and the Native American Cultural Center.

The Duhesa Gallery

Created in 1986, the Duhesa Gallery acknowledges the significance of Native American heritage in the United States. The gallery exhibits works of Native artists throughout North America.  Duhesa (Dew-He’-Sah) means ‘One Who Appreciates Beauty’. Therefore, the goal of the LSC Arts Program is to highlight artists who thrive within the realms of both contemporary art practice and traditional methods.

A look inside my studio process

by Holly Wilson

I came from a world of working in clay. I began using bronze when I had the need to make my figures stand on a single delicate toe and balance as if caught in mid air.

While many other bronze artist work in multiples’, I made a decision at the very beginning to never make a copy or edition. That is how I worked in clay and I feel that each piece is a spirit and a life of its own, I am telling a story with each work and feel I cannot repeat that story.

Here are some images of the process in the studio.


It is the simple moments in the day that spark my imagination: the way a certain stick looks like a bird in flight, or the amazement of my son when he saw the inside of a geode rock for the first time. These moments begin to intersect, and the work grows from the many elements seen, found, remembered, or felt. These are the moments I hold in my mind when I create the work.


Holly Wilson – It’s A Thin Line in wax





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Holly Wilson – wax girl


Cylinder ready to pour investment - Holly Wilson Studio
Cylinder ready to pour investment – Holly Wilson Studio



Finding Form, Encaustic in the Third Dimension

Teaching this summer at Idyllwild Summer Arts in Idyllwild California 
Finding Form, Encaustic in the Third Dimension
By Holly Wilson
June 26 – June 30, 2023

Colored wax on a flat surface is just the beginning! In this workshop, we will look at materials and forms to bring your ideas to life, allowing you to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane.

Material is an essential part of our visual language, so you will want to choose the materials you wish to speak with carefully. Along with your ideas, you will bring various materials; these could include wood, cardboard, metal, unglazed fired clay pieces, dried plasterwork, fiber, string, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto (a complete list of suggestions to follow). You will learn exciting ways to weave these objects into your work.

Experiment with how the materials may be dipped, painted, wired, glued, hammered, but most of all, waxed. You will start by making the encaustic medium to which you will add your pigment. Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin, and pigment, which is kept as a hot liquid on a heated palette, and then applied to an absorbent surface. In addition to safety practices, you will learn various techniques, including fusing, using transparencies, glazing, layering, building up texture, line making, carving, image transfer, mold making, and resin application with different surfaces. Returning students will learn new methods and may choose to work on advanced projects if they wish. Each student will finish up to two pieces during the week (using 3D and relief techniques).

Skill Level: All levels
Age: 19 years and above
Dates: June 26 – 30, 2023
One week session
Tuition, room, and board: $1719
Day student tuition: $840

Lab Fee: $120 – includes: encaustic wax, pigments, 2 12”x16” wood panels, propane, Rebound 25 Brush-able, resin, liquid plastic, use of wood-burning tools, griddles, propane torches, alcohol lamp, two metal tools.
You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

New link to the enrollment
Click here

I Am-Holly Wilson
I Am-Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
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The Thread that Connects, Holly Wilson at Spiva Art Center, January 14 – March 4, 2023

Holly Wilson: The Thread that Connects, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin Missouri


Holly Wilson
The Thread that Connects-Gallery

Holly Wilson
The Thread that Connects
January 14 – March 4, 2023

Spiva Center for the Arts
212 W. 7th Street
Joplin, M0 64801

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday
Located inside the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex
2nd floor


Holly Wilson
The Thread that Connects-Gallery view 1