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Folayemi (Fo) Wilson is an artist/designer, educator, independent curator and writer. Her art practice crosses interdisciplinary boundaries between the visual arts, sonic media, a regard for the handmade, and a background in design and object making. She is also a founding principal at blkHaUS Studios with Norman Teague, a socially-focused design studio based in Chicago. Wilson earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Furniture Design with a concentration in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a grant recipient of Creative Time, the Graham Foundation for Advance Studies in the Fine Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Propeller Fund. She 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 curated the exhibition The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft (2010-12), which debuted at the Fuller Craft Museum and traveled to national venues such as the Milwaukee Art Museum. She was the 2013-14 Inaugural Faculty Fellow at the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) and has been awarded residencies or fellowships at ACRE, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Djerassi Resident Artist program, John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry program, Haystack Mountain Center for Craft, the Macdowell Colony, and Purchase College/SUNY Purchase New York. She is currently a Jackman Goldwasser resident at the Hyde Park Art Center where her solo exhibition Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times, is currently on view through July 14, 2019. Wilson is on the board of the American Craft Council and was honored as a 3Arts awardee in 2015. Her work is included in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design.