Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials — table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire.
In 2012 Wilson participated in the “Global Threads” exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, England. Her 2011 solo exhibitions include “Rewinds” at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery and “Local Industry” at the Knoxville Museum of Art. In 2010 Wilson’s work was part of “Hand+Made” at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and her solo exhibition “Wind/Rewind/Weave” was presented at the Knoxville Museum. She participated in “Out of the Ordinary” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2007-08. Her work was part of “Alternative Paradise” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan in 2005-06. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston hosted a major solo exhibition of Wilson’s art in 2004, and “Anne Wilson: Unfoldings” was presented at MassArt, Boston in 2002, and at the University Art Gallery at San Diego State University in 2003. She was included in the “2002 Biennial” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and her solo exhibition entitled “Anne Wilson: Anatomy of Wear” was presented in 2000 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Wilson’s art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Wilson’s work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.