fo wilson

artist/maker | educator | independent curator | writer |

Fo Wilson (Folayemi) uses constructed space and furniture forms to create experiences that reposition historical objects and/or aesthetics in a contemporary context and offers audiences new ways of thinking about and interacting with history. Wilson earned a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago. She has been a grant recipient of Creative Time, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Propeller Fund. She was honored as a 2015 3Arts awardee, has received a 2016 Graham Foundation grant and her design work is included in the collection of The Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design. Wilson lectures about art, design and craft to international audiences, and her writing and reviews have appeared in NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art, the International Review of African American Art (IRAAA), and Communication Arts. Wilson was the 2013-14 Inaugural Faculty Fellow at the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) and has been awarded residencies or fellowships at ACRE, Haystack Mountain Center for Craft, Purchase College/SUNY Purchase New York, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Her solo exhibition, Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, will debut at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2016, and she is leading one of five teams selected for a public art commission for the Chicago Park District's Burnham Wildlife Corridor to debut this summer.