Hilary Wilder works in painting, installation, and video. She received both a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. She has recently participated in artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation in Sheridan, Wyoming, the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming, and at the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SIM) in Reykjavik. In 2004, she completed a two-year fellowship as both a Visual Artist resident and a Critical Studies resident in the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She serves on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
“I’ve always had a strange relationship to 19th century Romantic landscape painting, because while I’m really captivated by the paintings of Bierstadt, Cole, Durand, and the like, I also feel a bit skeptical, as if I have to remind myself that they’re using certain tricks of color, light, and atmosphere…So maybe I’m especially sensitive to the notion that much of the history of landscape painting, and by extension paintings about catastrophic events in the landscape, has to do with hyperbolizing a sense of place and inviting drama, whether good or bad, into our everyday lives.”