Paula Wilson








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


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

Paula Wilson received an MFA from Columbia and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She is in museum exhibitions including Plein Air at MOCA Tucson, Toward the Sky’s Back Door at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Ashley Bryan / Paula Wilson: Take the World into Your Arms at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She has also recently had an acquisition placed at Colby College Museum of Art. In addition, her upcoming Albuquerque Museum show: Nicola López and Paula Wilson: Becoming Land opens October 8th, 2022 and is part of a larger umbrella of shows titled: Historic and Contemporary Landscapes including work by Thomas Cole and Kiki Smith.

Wilson’s has held other recent solo exhibitions at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York (2022), Locust Projects, Miami, FL (2020-2021), 516 ARTS Contemporary Museum, Albuquerque, NM (2019), and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2018). She has been included in four exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, exhibitions at Tufts University Art Galleries (2021), 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. 

Wilson’s artwork is in many prestigious collections including The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Saatchi Gallery, and The Fabric Workshop.

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Virtual Exhibitions:

New Mexico
Plein Air
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
05.14.2022 - 02.05.2023
A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
09.17.2021 - 12.04.2021
Staying with the Trouble
Tufts University Art Galleries
08.30.2021 - 12.05.2021
Eye to I: Self-Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery
Albuquerque Museum
06.12.2021 - 09.12.2021
On High
Locust Projects
11.21.2020 - 02.13.2021
516 ARTS
06.22.2019 - 08.31.2019
Spread Wild: Pleasures of the Yucca
Smack Mellon
09.29.2018 - 11.04.2018
January 30, 2023 Artists, Press

Paula Wilson in Hyperallergic

Becoming Land offers an exciting and surprising variety of interpretations of landscapes that begs viewers to reconsider preconceived definitions of what landscape means, how it can be represented, and how we humans interact with and embody natural spaces.

October 25, 2022 Events

Paula Wilson Interviewed by Heidi Howard for BOMB

Turning to the Light: Paula Wilson Interviewed by Heidi Howard, Works that blend ecology and eroticism.

Read on BOMB.

October 20, 2022 Events

Paula Wilson On Pep Talks for Artists

Paula Wilson works in expansive ways with collage, large-scale woodcut, video, and painting and lives and works in the remote high desert town of Carrizozo, NM.

September 30, 2022 Artists, Press

Paula Wilson: Imago Reviewed in The New Yorker

In less than five enthralling minutes, Wilson crystallizes her show’s many themes, underscoring that her everyday artistic existence is inextricable from the rhythms of the natural world.

September 28, 2022 Artists, Press

Paula Wilson On Yale University Radio

Review this exciting Podcast hosted by Praxis on Yale University Radio, and get to know how Paula Wilson discusses her current show “Imago” in this exciting interview.

September 22, 2022 Press

Paula Wilson Acquired by the Colby College Museum of Art

Creatures of the Fire (2020) by Paula Wilson was acquired by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, in anticipation of her upcoming two-person exhibition Ashley Bryan | Paula Wilson: Take the World Into Your Arms in 2023.

September 07, 2022 Artists, Events, Press

Paula Wilson featured in Artnet Editors’ Picks

It’s “back to school” for the art world—here’s a guide to the best openings on tap this week.

Read on Artnet News.

August 29, 2022 Artists, Events, Press

Paula Wilson featured in Hyperallergic

Plein Air, guest curated by Aurora Tang, brings together seven artists who use their environments as subject, medium, or setting.

June 12, 2022 Artists, Press

Paula Wilson Reviewed in the Southwest Contemporary

In Plein Air at MOCA Tucson, artists challenge norms in paintings, installations, and video works that confront the white gaze that privileges colonizer culture and systems of oppression.

August 18, 2021 Press

Paula Wilson featured in New Mexico Magazine: “Paula Wilson Layers Art with Complex Narratives”

In the heart of Carrizozo, Paula Wilson cultivates her art and life.

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: Imago
Exhibition Walkthrough
Conversation with Artist Paula Wilson and Albuquerque Museum's Head Curator Dr. Josie Lopez
Paula Wilson
Life & Practice in Carrizozo, New Mexico
December 2019
Paula Wilson
Installation of the "Living Monument"


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