Hilary Wilder

A Lake Turned Inside Out

November 7 through December 22, 2015

Opening reception November 7 (Saturday) from 5 to 7 pm; artist’s walk-through with Hilary Wilder at 5:30 pm.   We will be serving iced coffee and island-inspired cocktails.  Please join us.

Prior to her dual Visual Artist and Critical Studies Fellowships with the Core Program at the Museum of FIne Arts, Houston, Hilary Wilder received her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin.  The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Wilder currently serves on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.  First and foremost a painter, Wilder employs an arsenal of techniques and media to blur the boundaries between landscape, trompe l’oeil and abstraction.

Although she’s originally from New Hampshire and currently lives in Virginia, artist Hilary Wilder’s heart is in Texas.  “I’ve been trying to get back ever since I left,” she says.  Wilder’s Lone Star State love started in 2003 when she began a three-year tenure as a lecturer at the MFA’s Glassell School.  Last year, she returned as an artist-in-residence for a Galveston arts program, and the paintings in her new show are a response to her year on the Island…”The pieces are talking about water, space and land in a way that’s not a literal seascape.  There is an uncertain sense of space, almost like something is floating in the shallow water.  There’s definitely a sense of menacing.” – Ray Dennison, Houston Magazine November 2015

Her work will also be featured in Island Time: Galveston Artist Residency – The First Four Years opening at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston on November 20 through February 14, 2016.

What is cosier than the shore     

Of a lake turned inside out?

How do all these other people

Dare to be about?

- W.H. Auden Islands


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