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© William R. Wilson

© William R. Wilson

© William R. Wilson

William Wilson
Born: 1969, San Francisco, CA
Resides: Tucson, AZ

Dine (Navajo)

Selected Exhibitions:
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM 2013
CIPX, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM 2013
IPX, Photo LA, Santa Monica, CA 2013
Navajo Nation Zoo, Window Rock, AZ 2012
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM 2011
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM 2010
Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO 2009
516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM 2008
Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 2008
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute,
New York, NY 2006
The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ 2005
American Indian Community House Gallery, New York, NY 2001

B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 1993
M.F.A., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 2002

En Foco's New Works Photography Awards #17 Fellowship, 2013-14
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors, 2009
Honorable Mention, En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards #10 (2006-07)

Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 18#1 (En Foco: Bronx, 2014)

William Wilson moved permanently to the Navajo Reservation at the age of 10. He attended the Bureau of Indian Affair’s Tuba City Boarding School from 1978 to 1983. In addition to his profession as an artist and photographer, he is also an arts educator and community organizer. Wilson has taught sculpture at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, was a Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and also served two years as a photojournalist in Central America for the Associated Press. He is currently the co-director of the Barrio Anita Community Mural Project (BAMP), the largest public art commission in Tucson’s history.

Artist's Statement
Wilson’s work provides a glimpse into the complex contemporary negotiation with a land we have become alienated from, our dis-ease in understanding who we are, and possible paths for healing. Wilson’s work focuses on Navajo people and their relationship to the land. “His works are poetic and gritty meditations on the human condition and Wilson’s relationship to Dinetah, Navajo land,” notes Joe Baker, Lloyd Kiva New Curator of Fine Art at the Heard Museum. “In my work, there are stories that I grew up with, stories bringing together the cultural weave from which I come. These stories are personal to me as an individual and as a member/citizen of a people, therefore they must be presented and received with respect,” Wilson says. “I want my work to strengthen Indians with examples of resistance, and the possibilities of controlling one’s own representation.”




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