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WILMER WILSON IV

Born 1989 in Richmond, VA
Lives and works in Washington, DC

EDUCATION

2012
BFA, photography, Howard University College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC

2008
Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
Faust in the City, CONNERSMITH., Washington, DC
The FOREVER Aftermath, Artisphere, Arlington, VA.

2012
The Airborne Leaflet Campaign (with Chukwuma Agubokwu), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Henry Box Brown: FOREVER, University of DC, Washington, DC
Domestic Exchange, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
Camouflage & Armor (Selections), Volta Art Fair, New York, NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
VOLTA NY, New York, NY

2012
Speak the Souls of Ancestors, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC
Loop, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2011
Fine Artists in Residence 2011, Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD
BITE: Identity and Humor, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
80th Annual Student Exhibition, Howard University Art Gallery, Washington, DC

2010
Common Bond, Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD

2009
78th Annual Student Exhibition, Blackburn Center Gallery, Washington, DC

2008
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, White Columns Gallery, New York, NY


PERFORMANCES

2014
From My Paper Bag Colored Heart, VOLTA NY, New York, NY

2013
Faust in the City, CONNERSMITH/varied locations, Washington, DC
Performance: Aftermath, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

2012
Henry Box Brown: FOREVER, varied locations, Washingon, DC
From My Paper Bag Colored Heart, CONNERSMITH., Washington, DC
I Voted/Henry “Box” Brown/Legalize, VOLTA NY, New York, NY

2011
Bandage/I Voted, (e)merge Art Fair, Washington, DC
Blank Shot, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
peel apart an orange, Herman Maril Gallery, College Park, MD


RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2013
NLS Kingston Summer Residency, Kingston, Jamaica

2012
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 5x5 Public Art Commission, Washington, DC

2011
Strathmore Fine Artist in Residence, Bethesda, MD

2009
Special Talent Scholarship, Howard University, Washington, DC

2008
Laureate Scholarship, Howard University, Washington, DC

2008
Scholastic National Art & Writing Awards Photography Portfolio Gold Key Award


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Grimes, William. “Shopping for a Masterpiece (With Help) for $5000,” The New York Times. March 13, 2014, p. C5.
“VOLTA NY: 13 Artists to Watch,” ARTS OBSERVER. March 9, 2014.
Schultz, Charlie. “Buzzing Solo Booths: Report from the Armory Show, Volta, and SCOPE,” ARTslant. March 8, 2014.
Selz, Gabrielle. “CRITIC’S VIEW: Viewer Engagement a Priority at VOLTA NY,” Hampton Art Hub. March 8, 2014.
Sutton, Benjamin. “The Imagination Runs Wild at VOLTA NY 2014,” artnet news. March 7, 2014.
Heddaya, Mostafa. “Vaulting Through Volta NY,” Hyperallergic. March 6, 2014.
Capps, Kriston. “Wilmer Wilson IV, ‘Faust in the City’ Reviewed,” Washington City Paper. October 4, 2013.
Capps, Kriston. "'Faust in the City'," Washington City Paper, 13 September 2013.
Simmons, Holley. “The Invisible Man: Wilmer Wilson IV,” Worn Magazine. No. 5, 2013.
Capps, Kriston. “The Body Stop: D.C.’s Once Nonexsitent Performance Art Scene Takes Off – In Rosslyn,” Washington City Paper. 6 June 2013.
Sahar-Khiz, Melody. “Wilmer Wilson IV’s journey to freedom: The Aftermath,” Pink Line Project. 9 April 2013.
Forstater, Rebecca. “Wilmer Wilson IV Asks Post Offices to Mail Him to Freedom,” Lost at E Minor. 5 April 2013.
Roulet, Laura. “Henry ‘Box’ Brown, A Narrative,” Henry “Box” Brown FOREVER. Spring 2013.
Bell, Jessica N. “Docility and Disappearance: Wilmer Wilson’s Fantastical Self,” Henry “Box” Brown FOREVER. Spring 2013.
“Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Artists Under 40 You Should Know,” Huffington Post. 26 February 2013.
Eisenbach, Ronit and Welmoed Laanstra. “5x5, a new curator-driven public art festival for Washington, DC,” Public Art Review. Fall/Winter 2012.
Capps, Kriston. “Fair Shake: Four artists who caught our eye at (e)merge,” Washington City Paper. 12 October 2012.
Weaver, A.M. “Am I Black Enough For You,” Art Voices. August/September 2012.
Chae, Julie. “Sealed and Delivered? Wilmer Wilson IV’s 5x5 Public Art Project in DC: Henry “Box” Brown: Forever,” Arts in a Changing America. 2 July 2012.
O’Sullivan, Michael. “Gallery Opening of the Week,” The Washington Post. 16 March 2012.
Gainer, Lee. “Lee Gainer at Volta NY,” New American Paintings Blog. 12 March 2012.
Steel, Rebecca. “At the Labyrinthine Volta Fair, a Few Standouts,” Gallerist NY. 12 March 2012.
Eberhard, Jennifer. “Volta Art Fair puts the fun back in art,” Examiner.com. 11 March 2012.
Editor. “Next Wave: Volta NY is Showcasing Emerging Contemporary Artists,” Arts.observer.com. 10 March 2012.
Williams, Erin. “Young artist transforms himself by using ordinary items, such as Post-its,” The Washington Post. 9 March 2012.
Storm, Anna. “Paint the Town: Public Art Blossoms,” Washington Life Magazine. 9 March 2012.
Wyma, Chloe. “From Hair-Based Performance Art to a Miniature Gowanus, 13 Highlights of Volta New York,” ArtInfo. 9 March 2012.
“100 Under 100: The New Southern Superstars of Southern Art,” Oxford American: The Visual South. University of Central Arkansas, 2012. p79.
Hunsinger, Susan. “Collect Call,” DC Magazine. 26 November 2011.
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Kupersmith, Franny. "Q&A with Soapbox Performance Artists: Wilmer Wilson, Chukwuma Agubokwu,
and Chajana denHarder," Pink Line Project, Washington, DC. 18 August 2011.
Rousseau, Claudia. "Two Exhibits Shine with New Media and New Art," Maryland Gazette, MD. 10
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2011.
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Rems, Janet. "Greater Reston Arts Center exhibition has 'bite,'" Fairfax Times, VA. 15 July 2011.
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TALKS & FEATURES

2013
Artist Talk, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
An Online Conversation with Wilmer Wilson IV, NLS, Kingston, Jamaica
Performance Art Workshop, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
SUPERNOVA Forum, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

2012
CONTEXT Art Miami, CONNERSMITH, Miami, FL
Loop Artist Talk, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Camouflage & Armor: Selections, VOLTA Art Fair, New York, NY
Transformer Auction 2012, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
SELECT Auction, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

2011
Transformer Auction 2011, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
Art After Dark, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
BITE: Identity and Humor, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
Friday Night Eclectic, Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD

2010
A World in Which Many Worlds Fit, LOOP Collective HQ, Washington, DC
VISION + afterimage, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC