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Wilson, Annelocked

American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1949, in Illinois.

Installation and textile artist.

Anne Wilson received her BFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1972, and her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Los Angeles in 1976. She is Professor of Fiber and Material Studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has taught since 1979.

Wilson's two- and three-dimensional work utilises chiefly textiles but may also involve sound and video. For example, the video sequences of Errant Behaviour (2004) reflect viewer responses to her earlier work Topologies (2002), with the audio content creating a sound environment that mirrors the visual images.

Wilson's work has often been associated with the feminist movement because of its focus on textiles and their associated processes. However, her work has a far broader scope and engages with issues ranging from gender and identity to architecture and mapmaking.

Recent exhibitions include Perspectives 140: Anne Wilson: Fragmented Territories at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2004) and Anne Wilson: Anatomy of Wear at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000).

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Chicago (MCA)

New York (Metropolitan Mus. of Art)

San Francisco (De Young Mus.)

San Francisco (MoMA)


  • Wilson, Anne/Forster, A.B.: Anne Wilson: Voices, exhibition catalogue, Revolution, Ferndale (MI), 1998.
  • Anne Wilson: Unfoldings, exhibition catalogue, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 2002.