Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Letha Wilson

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2018

Letha Wilson is a mixed media artist who was born in Honolulu, raised in Colorado and currently lives in Brooklyn. Her outdoors excursions amongst the Rocky Mountains have placed the natural world and its photographic image at the root of her artistic interests. She received her B.F.A. from Syracuse University, and her M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York City. Letha attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009, and her artwork has been shown at many venues including MASS MoCA, Art in General, DeCordova Sculpture Park, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and International Center for Photography. In 2014 she was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography and chosen as the Deutsche Bank Fellow, and was awarded a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant.

At MacDowell, she worked on new pieces from her "Re-Photogram" series. She created new photograms using the darkroom in Nef studio with plant specimens gathered from the MacDowell forest. These new works were included in a group exhibition at The New York Public Library in October 2018.



Letha Wilson worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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