Category: Public Engagements


The Volland Store presents:
November 6. 2021 – December 5 2021
The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, KS

Narrative is central to my work. I am interested in stories—the stories of my parents, my ancestors, my family, my community. I am a storyteller; through my work, I weave together the threads of these various narratives to create a tapestry that tells stories that are sacred and precious, personal and universal, powerful and at times volatile. Telling them brings to life things sometimes kept secret, hidden, and not permitted to be said because they challenge the status quo or reveal realities that neither side wants said.  -Holly Wilson


Opening Weekend Programming

Saturday, November 6 – The artist will explain her process, using examples of the various stages of bronze casting.  In the Blacksmith Shop at The Volland Store, 2 pm.

Sunday, November 7 – Artist remarks followed by conversation. In the gallery at 2 pm.

A selection of Wilson’s sterling silver jewelry, echoing the exhibition’s themes, will be available for sale during the exhibit.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.
For your protection, and the safety of others, masks are required inside the gallery.

Sense of Self-view 2-Holly Wilson

Weaving History into Art: Key Themes

Image: "Song of Sorrow" (detail) by Shan Goshorn. Generously loaned to the exhibition by the Goshorn/Pendergraft family.
Image: “Song of Sorrow” (detail) by Shan Goshorn. Generously loaned to the exhibition by the Goshorn/Pendergraft family

Thursday, Sept 24th, 2020, at 12 PM – 1 PM
Online with Facebook Live

Hosted by Gilcrease MuseumThe University of Tulsa and Holly Wilson Artist

Join Curator of History Mark Dolph, Jack and Maxine Zarrow Curator for Indigenous Art and Culture Chelsea Herr, and contemporary multi-media artist Holly Wilson (Delaware/Cherokee) for a virtual discussion on the upcoming exhibition, WEAVING HISTORY INTO ART: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF SHAN GOSHORN opening October 9.

This conversation will focus on key themes at play in the exhibition, including the complex histories of Native American boarding schools and their ongoing legacies today.

Im Still Here-front 1-Holly Wilson
“I’m Still Here”, detail  by Holly Wilson


Multi-media artist Holly Wilson creates figures which serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities and our strengths. The stories are at one time both representations of family history as well as personal experiences. Wilsons work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connection. Wilson works in a variety of media including bronzes, paint, encaustic, photography, glass, and clay.
She has been exhibiting her intimate 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 such as; The Heritage in Oklahoma City, The Central Library in downtown Tulsa Oklahoma, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the C.N. Gorman Museum, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Holly Wilson of Delaware Nation and Cherokee heritage is now based in Mustang, Oklahoma. In in 2001 she graduated with an MFA in sculpture and in 1994 she earned an MA in ceramics both from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas; she received her Teaching Certification in K-12 Art from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1993; and in 1992 she finished her BFA in ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute.
WEAVING HISTORY INTO ART: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF SHAN GOSHORN features the art of Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, 1957-2018) and her legacy of influence carried forward through the works of four contemporary Native American women artists.
Shan Goshorn was internationally recognized for weaving archival documents and photographs into baskets using traditional Cherokee techniques to create historical, political and cultural commentary on Native American issues that continue to resonate in the 21st century.
Central to the exhibition is the premier of Squaw, the last work Goshorn completed prior to her passing. Squaw was inspired by the Venus de Milo, an iconic symbol of female beauty. Juxtaposing this model with the title Squaw creates a tension and contrast to the Western ideal of beauty against a pejorative used to reduce Native women to disposable sexual commodities. Squaw will serve as a catalyst for much needed conversations on why indigenous women suffer disproportionately higher rates of violence than non-Native women and the judicial system’s reluctance to prosecute these crimes.
Goshorn’s artistic legacy is also represented and complimented by the art of four Native American women whose works reflects Shan’s influence and vision: Carol Emarthle-Douglas (Northern Arapahoe/Seminole) is well-regarded for her traditional and contemporary baskets, jewelry and paintings; Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee Creek), is nationally recognized for her unique contemporary ceramic sculptures, mixed-media installations, traditional Osage ribbon work, and as an arts educator; Lisa Rutherford (Cherokee), a textile artist, potter and maker of traditional Cherokee clothing, beadwork, and baskets; Holly Wilson (Delaware/Cherokee), a contemporary multi-media artist whose works include bronzes, encaustics, photography, glass and clay.
Through Goshorn’s hand-woven basketry, Weaving History into Art will encourage engaging, empathetic interactions with difficult subjects, including the loss of Native homelands, cultural genocide, violence directed at Native women and inappropriate cultural appropriation in a non-threatening experience that promotes informed dialogue among Native and non-Native audiences alike.

Finding Form, Encaustic in the Third Dimension

Canceled due to COVID 19
Finding Form, Encaustic in the Third Dimension
By Holly Wilson
June 29 – July 3, 2020

Colored wax on a flat surface is just the beginning! We are going to look at materials and form to bring your ideas to life, allowing you to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane.

Material is an important part of our visual language, so you will want to carefully choose the materials you wish to speak with. Along with your ideas, you will bring a variety of materials including wood, cardboard, metal, 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 interesting 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 your own encaustic medium with pigment application. Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin, and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette, and then applied to an absorbent surface. In addition to safety practices, you will learn a range of 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.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $120 – This workshop’s $120 lab fee includes encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, art resin, and the use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, and two metal tools. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

Here is a link to the enrollment online

A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
Carried in the Wind-detail-Holly Wilson

Big Stories in Small-Scale & Wearable Art Casting

Canceled due to COVID 19
Big Stories in Small-Scale & Wearable Art Casting

Holly Wilson
July 6 – 10, 2020

I am a strong believer in creating small things that carry a big story. Whether you want to create wearable art or small-scale sculptures, the methods are the same. In this workshop, you will create unique pieces carved or built up from wax, or cast directly from nature using leaves, pinecones, pods, etc. 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 bronze or sterling silver work. You will also be introduced to several mold-making processes. Returning students will be shown new methods and may choose to work on advanced projects.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Attendance: You must attend all required instructional sessions to understand and follow safety guidelines.
Lab Fee: $130 – This workshop’s $130 lab fee includes casting wax, investment, sprue wax, shared use of patinas, sealing wax, mold material, kiln, metal working tools such as flex shafts, grinders or files, wax carving tools, and a small alcohol lamp, safety goggles, and dust masks. You will be asked to bring additional materials. Sterling silver is not covered and will need to be purchased by students prior to class.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

Here is a link to the enrollment online

Pod Earrings-Sterling Silver-Holly Wilson
Pod Earrings-Sterling Silver-Holly Wilson
Origami Crane Earrings-Holly Wilson