Image by G. Crotts

During his professional career, Wilson was a medical/surgical and generalist photographer, executive writer, and media-relations specialist.

He is a graduate of the fine arts program at Illinois Central College; the University of Illinois; and is an Illinois Artisan for Photography -

Illinois State Museum.

For John, my partner of 35 years (2009)

I am a church beside the highway, where the

ditches never drain. I'm a Baptist like my daddy,

and Jesus knows my name. I am memory 

and stillness; I am lonely in old age. I am not

your destination, I am clinging to my ways.

I am a town.

Mary Chapin Carpenter


  • Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

  • Burningword Literary Journal, Vol.89

  • Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita

  • Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon

  • EXibit Fine Art Center, Morris, IL

  • ARTROOM Online Gallery

  • Peoria Historical Society, Riverfront Museum

  • Quad-State, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL

  • Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg, VA

  • Burningword Literary Journal, Volume 92

  • Buchanan Center / Arts, Monmouth, IL

  • Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN


  • Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon

  • Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

  • Annex, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon

  • Burningword Literary Journal Quarterly

  • Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI

  • ​Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL

  • Featured Artist - Artist Portfolio Magazine

  • Art Association, Springfield, IL

  • GALEX52, Arts Center, Galesburg, IL

  • Peoria Historical Society, Rennick Exhibition


  • GALEX51, Arts Center, Galesburg, IL

  • Peoria Historical Society, Rennick Exhibition

  • Springfield Art Association

  • William Woods University, Fulton, MO.

  • 64 Arts Exhibition, Monmouth, IL