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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO


January 14 – March 4, 2023

Holly Wilson: The Thread that Connects

Multi-media artist Holly Wilson creates figures that serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, vulnerabilities, and strengths. The stories are, at one time, both representations of family history as well as personal experiences. Wilson’s work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connection. Wilson works in various media, including bronze, paint, encaustic, photography, glass, and clay.

Wilson has received recognition for her work through her inclusion in exhibitions, most recently, Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art Bentonville, Arkansas, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia, these were both traveling exhibitions. She recently completed a residency at The Momentary at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, working on large-scale paintings. In spring 2023 she will do a residency focusing on glass casting and large-scale bronze and aluminum casting at IAIA in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Holly Wilson of Delaware Nation and Cherokee Nation is now based in Mustang, Oklahoma. In 2001, she graduated with an MFA in sculpture, and in 1994, she earned an MA in ceramics from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas; she received a BFA in ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1992.







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