Bio I

Wilmer Wilson IV (b. 1989, Richmond, VA) is critically recognized for material and performative investigations into the social marginalization of the black body as an ephemeral object of labor, desire and revulsion. Wilson gathers materials from the margins of urban society, such as discarded lottery tickets and event flyers stapled to poles, to create alternative forms of representation that challenge societal values of ephemeral things and people identified with them. Wilson is the recipient of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship and The American Academy in Rome Fellowship. His work has been presented at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA; Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; the American University Museum, Washington, DC; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; and In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper, Belgium.