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I am an emerging regionalist photographer. My principal interest is discovering the artful-ness of those things around me that make up the region where I have lived for 67 years - Central Illinois. An avowed design junkie, I seek out the time-worn, curious and funky, and sometimes a bit of Americana. I explore rural communities and once-thriving urban neighborhoods for reminders of humanness, culture, and community. I continue to find my voice and moments when everything comes together are worthy of the worry.

​   Artist Ellsworth Kelly said "Photography isolates the world via an aperture and gives the photographer means to see differently,

to achieve a spontaneous vision that is direct and uncompromising." Indeed, my style has become more direct and documentary. "Whether a photo or music, or a drawing or anything else — it’s all an abstraction of my peculiar experience,” said William Eggelston. And so it goes.

 

Wilson was a medical-surgical and generalist photographer, writer, and communication specialist, in the health care and library science fields for 36 years. He cut steel in a foundry and drove a truck for a time. Illinois Central College Fine Arts; University of Illinois; Juried Illinois Artisan for Photography, Illinois State Museum.

  • James Keefe Photography Prize Recipient 64Arts National Juried Exhibition Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth IL 2021

  • Editor's Pick - lensculture Black & White Photography Awards Exhibition Gallery 2020

  • Burningword Literary Journal, 2018-2020

  • Peoria Art Guild Members Show People's Choice Award 2020

  • Black Box Gallery Portland OR Shadows/Light Catalog Cover 2020

  • First Award Professional Division Illinois State Fair 2018

  • Donor Award Nicolet College Rhinelander, WI 2018

  • Third Award Images of Illinois Exhibition 2017

  • Lonnie Eugene Stewart Award of Excellence GALEX Art Exhibition 2017

  • William Woods University Fulton, MO. Four images selected 2017

Exhibitions

2022

  • Editor's Pick - Blackbird, Blackbird, lensculture Art Photography Awards Exhibition Gallery 2022

2021

  • Photography Now, Annex, December 1-20, Black Box Gallery, Portland

  • Shape of Things, Sept. 18-October 2, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis

  • 64Arts National Exhibition, Monmouth IL, September 7-October 29

  • Exposed 2021, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael CA, May 2 - July 2

  • Peoria Art Guild, Members Show, May

  • Solo, On Easel Gallery, Peoria Heights IL, March-April

  • Taking Pictures: 2021, April 1-20, Black Box Gallery, Portland OR

  • Shadow and Light, Annex, March 1-20, Black Box Gallery, Portland OR

 

2020

 

  • Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita KS, September

  • Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, September

  • National Juried Show Foundry Gallery, Washington DC August

  • Burningword Literary Journal, Issue 95, July

  • Black Box Gallery: Visual Spectrum Portland, OR June

  • Peoria Art Guild Members Show, Peoria IL May

  • Midwest Center for Photography Annual Wichita, KS April

  • PhotoSpiva National Competition Joplin, MO March-July

  • Black Box Gallery: Shadows and Light Portland, OR March

2019

  • Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR Color

  • Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

  • Burningword Literary Journal, Vol. 89 & 92

  • Midwest Center / Photography, Wichita, KS

  • EXibit Fine Art Center, Morris, IL

  • ARTROOM Online Gallery

  • Peoria Historical Society

  • Quad-State, Art Center, Quincy, IL

  • Academy Center / Arts, Lynchburg, VA

  • Buchanan Center / Arts, Monmouth, IL

  • Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

​2018

  • Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

  • Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

  • Annex, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

  • 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​

 

2017

  • GALEX51, Arts Center, Galesburg, IL

  • Peoria Historical Society

  • Springfield Art Association

  • William Woods University, Fulton, MO

  • 64 Arts Exhibition, Monmouth, IL