Category: Past Public Engagements

Sense of Self-view 1-Holly Wilson


August 1 – 31, 2020
Please follow this link to my: VIRTUAL SWAIA 2020 BOOTH HERE ONLINE.

We have been looking forward to The 99th Santa Fe Indian Market that transforms the City of Santa Fe, with nearly 900 of the continent’s finest Native American artists showing their work in booths filling the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets. The Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world.

This year SWAIA is thrilled to announce that even though the Santa Fe Indian Market was canceled due to COVID 19, SWAIA is moving ahead with a Virtual Indian Market!

On Turtle’s Back

Canceled due to COVID 19
March 24, 2020 – April 17, 2020
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 24, 4:30 pm
Artist talk begins at 5pm

The Lightwell Gallery
OU School of Visual Arts
University of Oklahoma
520 Parrington Oval, Rm. 202
Norman, OK 73019
located on the second floor of the OU School of Visual Arts in the Fred Jones Jr. Art Center (FJC)

Holly Wilson-One Fish Two Fish-Detail 1

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now.

Current location: February 22 through TBD, 2020, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis

past locations:
August  22,  2019  –  January  5,  2020, Nasher  Museum  of  Art  at  Duke  University,  North  Carolina

October 6, 2018, through January 7, 2019 Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

January  25  –  July  19,  2019,  IAIA  Museum  of  Contemporary  Native  Arts,  New  Mexico (my piece will not be up at this location)

Between Us-Holly Wilson-3

The Intersection of Encaustic, Resin, 3D and Mold Making – June 24-28, 2019

The Intersection of Encaustic, Resin, 3D and Mold Making
Holly Wilson
June 24-28

It is the intersection of material, form and ideas that you will explore. Encaustic is the wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette, and then applied to an absorbent surface. Learn to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane. Come to this workshop with your own variety of materials including wood, cardboard, metal, clay, plaster, fiber, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto for way too many years. Experiment with how the materials may be dipped, painted, wired, glued, hammered, but most of all, waxed. You will be instructed in encaustic safety and start by making your own encaustic medium with pigment application. Learn fusing, transparency, glazing, layering, building up texture, line techniques, carving, image transfer, mold making, and resin application with different surfaces that can be achieved in resin. Create your own silicon molds and learn how to cast wax and quick setting liquid plastic. Returning students may work on advanced projects.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $120, includes Encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, Rebound 25 Brushable, Smooth-Cast 300 Fast-setting bright white low viscosity liquid plastic, Artresin, use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, two metal tools. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson

Small Things Matter, Wearable Art – July 1 – 5

Small Things Matter, Wearable Art

Holly Wilson
July 1 – 5

Believe in the small things, create wearable art that makes the everyday matter and flicker with sterling silver and bronze. The work you create can be all unique pieces carved, built up or cast directly from nature. You will learn the process of “lost wax” casting – both gravity and centrifugal methods. This workshop will include an introduction to the materials, methods, and safety measures of casting, as well as how to produce and finish small sterling silver or bronze work. We will also be exploring the silicone mold-making process.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Attendance: You must attend all required instructional sessions to understand and follow safety guidelines.
Lab Fee: $130, includes wax, investment, sprue wax, shared use of patinas and sealing wax, silicon mold material, kiln, metal working tools such as flex shaft foredom, grinders or files, wax carving tools and small alcohol lamp, safety goggles and dust masks. You will be asked to bring additional materials. Precious metals will be available for purchase in class.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

Eyes Open Mask
BLOODLINE-Holly Wilson

Art Prize Nine

September 20 – October 8, 2017
Art Prize 9 Location
Monroe Community Church
800 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Voting Code: 65643

It is the stories of family, history, and identity that brought me to “Bloodline”. It is a long trail of my Native American history, my bloodline. To be ‘on the Rolls’ as an American Indian you must prove a quantum of blood verified through birth and death records until you match up to a name on the official “Dawes Rolls.” As I began walking through the past to document my blood, with the names and some faces, I wanted to hear them speak and tell their story. I wanted them to be counted.

The figures walk across a Locust tree base that came down in a storm. It is cut lengthwise exposing the rough center revealing the lines that show its life and history. I de-barked the exterior but kept the curve of the tree and its raw surface. You see the figures walking through time—their life above and the tree’s life below.

The Cigar Figures come from a childhood Native American story that my mother told of the “Stick People.” The “Stick People” would run through the night and call your name; if you went with them, you were never heard from again. She never described the figures and I was always drawn to the idea of what they looked like. The Cigar Figures are my reimagining of that story, now a story of family and my past—a complicated narrative of loss, survival, and resilience. The figures are made from real cigars and found sticks cast in bronze. The faces are the ancestors from my past as far back as I can trace.

There are sections for each generation, beginning with my children. Though I only have two, there are five figures. Each life is counted and the children who did not survive are remembered with a place on the wood in history; their forms small and their heads bowed. Next, I have my section with my sisters and brother followed by my mother’s and father’s history weaving back and forth. When hung, the light casts a shadow of the figures on the wall. This shadow represents memory for me. Like a shadow, these memories cannot be held, and in the end, we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth.

Bronze, Patina and Locust Wood
29″ x 22′ x 9″, 2015

Bloodline-Holly Wilson
Bloodline-Holly Wilson
Bloodline-Holly Wilson
Bloodline-Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson Announced As One Of Eiteljorg 2015 Contemporary Art Fellows

It is my great honor to share with you that I am one of the artist named a 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow. The Eiteljorg Museum features the world’s foremost collection of contemporary Native American art. The museum’s commitment to contemporary fine art features sponsorship of the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, which celebrates the established and emerging Native American artists of today.

Eiteljorg Museum Press Release:
Special show, opening one year from today, will inspire, provoke and amaze with sculpture, installations and paintings.

Five premier Native American artists have earned the coveted title of 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art announced today. Their work will be honored with a $25,000 unrestricted grant and a major group exhibition which will open one year from today Nov. 14, 2015.

The 2015 Eiteljorg Fellows are:

• Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee) – Sculpture (Mustang, OK)
• Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit) – Sculpture/Installation (Fairbanks, AK)
• Brenda Mallory (Cherokee) – Sculpture/Installation (Portland, OR)
• Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee) – Installation (Decatur, GA)
• Invited Artist, Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui) – Painter (Brooklyn, NY)

Through this program the Eiteljorg supports Native contemporary artists and their legacy, insuring  the greater understanding and appreciation of indigenous people in the 21st century.

From Nov. 14, 2015, through Feb. 14, 2016, the Eiteljorg will showcase the works from this Fellowship class in a special exhibition. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will publish a catalogue of scholarly articles and essays giving an in-depth look at each artist. A celebration and award presentation will bring the artists to Indianapolis and allow the public to interact with them. The museum will also purchase more than $100,000 in art for its permanent collection from the Fellowship artists.

Launched in 1999, the biennial Fellowship program recognizes the work of emerging and established Native American and First Nations artists working with contemporary media and ideas. Since its inaugural class, nearly $1.25 million has been awarded to 50 artists. Selectors for the 2015 class included 2013 Fellow Julie Buffalohead (Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma), former contemporary art curator for the National Museum of the American Indian and 1999 Fellow Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk) and independent art curator and consultant Mindy Taylor Ross, owner of Art Strategies, LLC and founding director of the Indianapolis Art’s Council’s Public Art Indianapolis.

“I have always said the heart of the Fellowship program is contained in the title “fellowship,” the coming together of people – the artists, scholars, curators, collectors and the public,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “The relationships artists develop while gathering in Indianapolis often last a lifetime.”

Since its inception, the Eiteljorg Fellowship added more than 180 representative works by 50 Native artists to the Eiteljorg’s permanent collection. As a result, the museum is renowned for having the finest collection of Native contemporary art in the world.

“This year, the Eiteljorg celebrates its 25th anniversary and it’s a special time for commemoration and reflection,” said Vanausdall. “On this silver anniversary, as we stand back to assess our accomplishments and challenges and dream of what the future holds, nothing will be more important than the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.”

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. This year, the Eiteljorg celebrates 25 years of telling amazing stories. The museum’s 25thanniversary is presented by Oxford Financial Group. LTD. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit
For more information about the fellowship here is a link: