Pamela Wilson has built a reputation for works of art that transcend the commonplace to enter the realm of the sublime and otherworldly. She develops haunting images that evoke moods, dreams, and memories inspired by real life, and which create a remarkably compelling narrative. The physical and emotional isolation of her characters has emerged as a hallmark of her work. She explores the great chasm of the unknown, the abyss that opens when you seek to understand the place of the human in modernity. The people in her paintings are often called “lost, odd, mad,” or similar terms denoting something out of alignment with ordinary reality. She believes that letting ourselves explore the inherent “distortions” in reality is part of what gives us heart, and balance. Addressing “beauty” in a painting feels too passive, and what she is seeking is a psychological moment, a different kind of beauty. She has much to say of the dark and hilarious absurdities we must often endure ... while we are creating ourselves ...
... Pamela received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was awarded a Regents Fellowship, the Abrams Project Grant, and a Regents Award for her Thesis Exhibition. She is currently Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna, CA, as part of the MFA Program.
Exhibiting consistently since 1992, her work has been the subject more than nineteen solo exhibitions, spanning the United States. She has been included in many museum exhibitions, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC, and a solo exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY. Her work is included in many prestigious collections.
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Regents Fellowship, University of California, 1991–1992
Abrams Project Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1992
Regents Award / Thesis Exhibition, University of California, 1992
Humanities Research Grant, University of California, 1991
Continuing Graduate Student Grant, University of California, 1991
Talent Scholarship, Fine Arts, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1980–1983
SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
University of California Art Museum (solo), Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (solo), Santa Barbara, CA (sharing forum with Yoko Ono)
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
South Bay Contemporary Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Howard Tullman Collection, Chicago, IL
MFA Painting, Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
BA Art Studio, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Fine Arts, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Fine Arts, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Brigham Young University Study Abroad Program, Florence, Italy
Brigham Young University Study Abroad Program, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico