University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts

Wallace Wilson

Director School of Art &and Art History | Professor, Photography
MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Phone: (813) 974-2360
Office: FAH 229

Wallace Wilson makes images of diffused subjects, altering perceptions of everyday life and resisting conceptual clarity of the recognizable. The large-scale photograph Terrarama shows an obscured mountain range in the distance with the sun casting light from behind the gentle crest. A black vignette seeps into the landscape like a dark fog, as if the image is collapsing in on itself. The indistinct forms and hazy color feel more like a memory or a dream state than an indexical likeness of a landscape.

Wilson has exhibited works in over 100 individual and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His photographs have been collected by 20 public and private institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and the International Polaroid Collection in Vienna. His works and exhibition reviews have been featured in more than 50 periodicals and are the subject of the book, “Victims of Paradox: Photographs by Wallace Wilson.” He has presented on art, culture, education, and photography at conferences such as the International Conference on the Americas, the Southern Graphics Council, the Oxford University Round Table, the National Council of Arts Administrators, FotoFest International, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Society for Photographic Education. He has served as an external reviewer and evaluator for art programs throughout the U.S. Wilson received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.