Marion Wilson investigates ecology and landscape to foster a closer connection between self and place. Through photographs, painting, and installations she explores our relations with nature at a time when extreme climate change threatens ecosystems, livelihoods, and communities. Wilson’s numerous exhibitions include Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts and Sculpture Center (New York City), Dorsky Gallery (New York City), Exit Art (New York City), Frederieke Taylor (New York City), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo), Herbert Johnson Museum (Cornell University), Kasia Kay Art Projects (New Orleans), New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York City), Shroeder Romero Gallery (New York City), SPACES (Cleveland), SCOPE Miami/Art Basel (Miami). Wilson’s funded residency awards include International Studio Program (NYSCA and Elizabeth Foundation), McColl Center for Art and Innovation (Charlotte, NC), Millay Colony for the Arts’ Nancy Graves Award, and Sculpture Space (Utica, NY). Wilson graduated from Wesleyan University, and holds an MA from Columbia University as well as an MFA from the University of Cincinnati.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has constrained our ability to physically host artists in Syracuse, Light Work has responded innovatively to offer continued support in the form of remote residencies. The remote residency experience support artists in developing their artistic practice from their home or designated studio space. In addition to the stipend, artists will benefit from technical, professional, and creative support, as well as the extraordinary freedom to determine their own residency’s shape and timing. Our AIR participants can use their month to pursue their projects: photographing, scanning, printing, editing for book projects, and working closely with our staff for feedback and conversation.