National Juried Exhibition August 5-30 2020
"Wilson's Sprinkmann Building
has, somehow, the calm, authoritarian clownishness our great politicians aim for
but don't achieve."
Foundry Gallery, Washington DC
The Motif Collective - "Symmetry" Shortlist
Wilson was born and raised in Central Illinois and considers
himself an “emerging” regionalist photographer. He was a medical-surgical-generalist photographer and writer in the
health care field for 33 years. Prior to that he cut steel in a
foundry and drove a truck for a time. He has an affinity for
design and hopes that becomes ever clearer within his photographs. “I have an appreciation for many and varied
artists," said Wilson. "William Christenberry, William Eggleston,
Fred Herzog, and Shelby Lee Adams are a few." He has been influenced by them for their vision, aesthetic, and their
humanity. "I admire Eggleston's attitude and Christenberry's thoughtfulness and emotional connection to his beloved
South. Eggleston commented that his photographs were like
little paintings. "That’s it, exactly," said Wilson. "But when I think
of ‘humanity,’ I think of Shelby Lee."
"I photograph the everyday, the familiar in unfamiliar places.
Structures left behind; dated, discarded, curious. Rural communities, along back-roads, and within once-thriving
urban neighborhoods; these are my vistas. I am hopeful
that my photographs are reminders of humanness, culture,
Many years ago, I had the pleasure of studying under and working with a handful of Central Illinois’ finest artists and
art educators; Lee Benz, Wayne Forbes, Fred Hentchel,
Robert Majeske and Marlene Miller. That program opened
my eyes, expanded my creative vision and aesthetic-consciousness. That group of artists, that program, at that time, stands-up easily against any arts program anywhere
in the country.
Illinois Central College Fine Arts
University of Illinois UIS
Juried Illinois Artisan for Photography, Illinois State Museum
For John, my partner of 35 years, who passed away in 2009,
and the furry little ones we shared through the years.
I miss you guys.