Art Lecture at Willamette Oct. 16

Fred WilsonThe Willamette University Hogue-Sponenburgh Art Lecture presents conceptual artist Fred Wilson in Cone Chapel Thursday, Oct. 16th, at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wilson spends months in a museum where he examines its history, its relationship to the community, its collection and staff. By using what he finds in the museum's storage rooms and by bringing a fresh eye to the museum's holdings, he creates new installations that speak to the power of juxtaposition. Many of his installations comment on issues of race in America.

A native of New York, Wilson received his B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1976. Recent one-person exhibits include installations at the University of Maryland, Skidmore College, University of California, Berkeley, University of Houston, Phillips Academy, Santa Monica Museum, Studio Museum (Harlem), and the Chicago Cultural Center.

His work is now included in the public collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Seattle Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Wilson has received awards, grants or public commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

He was chosen as the 2003 American representative for the Venice Biennale.