M.F.A. Painting - University of Cincinnati (1993)
M.A. Art Education/Sociology of Urban Schools - Columbia University (1990)
B.A. - Wesleyan University (1983)
Research focus: art, urban studies, ecology, STEAM, museum studies
As a professor and artist situated in upstate New York in a post-industrial city for the past decade, Wilson’s teaching and work has been a part of the national conversation about legacy or rust belt cities with University campuses and poorer downtown urban centers. From 2006-2008 I worked at Syracuse University as Director of Community Initiatives in Visual Arts to create model and curricular partnerships between Colleges, campus, city and region, and between artists, designers, educators, environmentalists and architects. In 2007 I developed the “New Directions in Social Sculpture” and Artists and Social Profit” curriculum whereby students offer spatial solutions to pressing social concerns. In 2007 Wilson created MLAB (mobileliteracyartsbus) -a mobile classroom, gallery and digital lab in a renovated RV that brought arts afterschool programming to 12 Say Yes to Education elementary schools. In 2009-12 Wilson completed the created 601 Tully project with 94 students from across colleges – renovating a drug house on the west side of Syracuse – the ninth poorest neighborhood in the country – to increase educational opportunities, offer jobs and increase cultural access toits neighbors. Over the years in her public projects Wilson has built collaborative art partnerships –with homeless people, students and neighbors- accessing individual expertise and skill sets.
This past Fall and again in Spring 2014 was invited to participate in the 2013 BRUNER LOEB FORUM on "Legacy City Design," as a leader in partnership with the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at The City College of New York, The American Assembly at Columbia University and the city of Detroit. Wilson has an article called “Neighboring is a Public Act: with an accompanying interview with Rick Lowe, in PUBLIC and will present at the national Open Engagement conference in Pittsburgh, Spring 2015.
Marion Wilson is also is an internationally recognized artist and maintains a studio in New York City. Wilson has had exhibits or completed public commissions for New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC; Kasia Kay Art Projects, New Orleans; Dorsky Gallery, NYC; Shroeder Romero Gallery, Exit Art, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts and Sculpture Center, NYC; in addition to Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; SPACES, Cleveland Ohio; and SCOPE Miami/Art Basel, Miami, Florida. Wilson has been awarded funded residencies at Governors Island through Lower Manhattan Cultural Center; Sam and Adele Golden Foundation; Millay Colony for the Arts (Nancy Graves Award); International Studio Program (NYSCA and Elizabeth Foundation) and Sculpture Space in Utica, NY (NYSCA award). Wilson has been a New York Foundation for the Arts Teaching Artist and was a panel member for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2014.