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Born 1975 in Chicago, IL. Lives in Carrizozo, NM.

Paula Wilson is a mixed-media artist who studies and sources imagery from different cultures, geographies, and times to develop a unified, visual language of her own. Wilson frequently combines printmaking, painting, sculpture and video into her projects. Wilson works by collaging multiple forms of visual language together: ancient motifs, tropes from Western art history, and identifiers of her home in the New Mexico High Desert. Wilson has repurposed visuals associated with Greek myths, Impressionist paintings, and styles derived from the decorative and domestic arts.

Paula Wilson received an MFA from Columbia and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Wilson first exhibited with Denny Gallery in a group exhibition called The Unhomely in 2017. Wilson’s most recent solo exhibitions were Entangled at 516 ARTS Contemporary Museum, Albuquerque, NM (2019), The Light Becomes You at Denny Dimin Gallery (2018), Spread Wild: Pleasures of the Yucca at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2018), and FLOORED at Williamson | Knight, Portland, OR (2018). She has been included in four exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, exhibitions at Skidmore College (2015), Inside-Out Art Museum in Beijing (2014), Postmasters Gallery (2010), Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (2010), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2009), Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw (2007), Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (2006), just to name a few. She has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Artforum, The New York Times, the New York Observer, and The New Yorker. Wilson’s artwork is in many prestigious collections including, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Saatchi Gallery, and The Fabric Workshop.

VIRTUAL: New Mexico


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The Light Becomes You
11.29.2018 - 01.27.2019
The Unhomely
06.29.2017 - 08.18.2017

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New Mexico
November 21, 2020 Artists, Outside Exhibitions

Paula Wilson at Locust Projects

‘On High’ at Locust Projects in Miami, FL features Paula Wilson’s 2017 video ‘Living Monument.’


June 13, 2020 Events

Paula Wilson named Princeton University’s Hodder Fund grant recipient

Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton announces special Hodder Fund grants for 2020-2021 to 10 emerging career artists.

Grants awarded to Lileana Blain-Cruz, Onyedika Chuke, Mark DeChiazza, Marjani Forte, Jennifer Kidwell, Aurora Nealand, Maya Phillips, Aaron Robertson, Katy Pyle, and Paula Wilson are intended to support artists during the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic


November 18, 2019 Artists, Press

Paula Wilson in Artspace

Curator Carmen Hermo Shares Her Favorite Works from UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach

Associate Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Carmen Hermo spends her time curating historically significant exhibitions—like “Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making” (2017), “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty” (2016–17), and the Brooklyn presentation of “Radical Women: Latin American Art,” 1960–1985 (2018), just to name a few. Before joining the Brooklyn Museum, Hermo worked with the collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Read on Artspace.

October 11, 2019 Artists, Press

Paula Wilson in Art Forum

At the center of iris yirei hu’s installation is a tapestry hanging from a Navajo loom atop clay shards that resemble dry earth mounded over a grave. The woven image is of a weaver, a picture hu pairs with a print of a woman weaving silk (the source image is a Chinese work found in the nineteenth century), which rests on the clay bed.

Read on Art Forum.

June 16, 2019 Artists, Press

Paula Wilson in Albuquerque Journal

516 shows spotlight transplanted viewpoints

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two New Mexico artists thread inspiration from the state’s high desert terrain through seemingly opposite styles.
Paula Wilson’s print world entangles silhouetted figures with fantasy landscapes.
Mira Burack’s collages evoke roiling suns and water droplets created from textiles.
516 ARTS is hosting both women in solo shows opening on Saturday, June 22. The art will hang through Aug. 31.


October 01, 2018 Artists, Outside Exhibitions

Paula Wilson exhibition opened at Smack Mellon on Saturday

Paula Wilson’s exhibition, Spread Wild: Pleasures of the Yucca, opened on Saturday at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, and will be on view through November 4. Please join us at Smack Mellon on Thursday, October 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m. for an artist talk! Smack Mellon is located at 92 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


April 17, 2018 Press

Paula Wilson on Yale University Radio

Listen to Paula Wilson interviewed on Yale University Radio WYBC. Listen Here. Aired March 23, 2018 Image: Paula Wilson in her exhibition FLOORED at Williamson Knight, Portland, OR. Courtesy of Williamson Knight. Photo: Mario Gallucci.  


February 07, 2018 Artists

Paula Wilson now represented by Denny Gallery

Denny Gallery is pleased to announce our representation of Paula Wilson. Visit Paula Wilson’s artist page. Paula Wilson was born 1975 in Chicago, IL. Lives in Carrizozo, NM. Paula Wilson is a mixed-media artist who studies and sources imagery from different cultures, geographies, and times to develop a unified, visual language of her own. Wilson frequently combines printmaking, painting, sculpture and video into her projects. Wilson works by collaging multiple forms of visual language together: ancient motifs, tropes from Western…Read More


January 23, 2018 Art Fairs, Press

Denny Gallery’s Untitled San Francisco Booth in artnet news

Are Tech Collectors Finally Coming Around? Attendance and Sales Boom at FOG and Untitled San Francisco Oscar Murillo, Fischli/Weiss, and Ron Nagle were among the stand-out sellers at the bustling fair week. Eileen Kinsella, January 18, 2018 The Bay Area may is among the most closely watched art markets in the world right now, and expectations were running high as San Francisco’s fledgling art fair scene kicked into full swing this past weekend. FOG Design + Art, at Fort Mason,…Read More


Paula Wilson
Virtual: New Mexico
December 2019
Paula Wilson
Installation of the "Living Monument"
2018

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