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J. Chris Wilson

Born 1948, Waycross, GA, residing in North Carolina since 1974, lives and works in Wilmington, NC  

Selected Awards

2011 Gertrude S. Carraway Award, Preservation Foundation of North Carolina
2010-2011 Jefferson-Pilot Faculty Member of the Year, Barton College, Wilson, NC
1990 Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, Barton College, Wilson, NC
1987 The Jacqueline Drane Nash Award of Merit for Leadership in Historic Preservation, Edgecombe County Historical Society
1977 Selected for inclusion in the Collection of North Carolina Artists, R. J. Reynolds Industries, Winston-Salem, NC       

Selected Collections

R. J. Reynolds Industries, Winston-Salem, NC
Blount-Bridgers Museum, Tarboro, NC
Preservation Foundation of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Rex Hospital Cancer Clinic, Raleigh, NC
Melanie and Bill Robbins, Telluride, CO
The Lodge on St. Simons Island, GA The Sea Island Company
Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson Graves, Charlotte, NC
Rocky Mount Medical Park, Rocky Mount, NC
Professor Mitsue Ohno, Nagoya, Japan
Highlands Country Club, Highlands, NC
Barton College, Wilson, NC                                                                                                              
North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
Mr. Fitzgerald Hudson, Montgomery, AL
Poyner & Spruill, Charlotte, NC
Mr. Harold Bennett, Valdosta, GA
Mr. and Mrs. Wataru Itoh, Nagoya, Japan
Mr. and Mrs. Jon B. Woods, Summerville, GA
Daisy Thorp, Chapel Hill, NC
Nancy Graves Osborne, London, England
Mrs. Doylene Hutto, Washington, DC
Mr. and Mrs. William Heartsock, Cincinnati, OH
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Davis, Richmond, VA
Mr. and Mrs. James Sommerville, Asheville, NC
Poyner & Spruill, Rocky Mount, NC
Hackney Body Works, Washington, NC
Dr. and Mrs. Lindsey E. deGuehery, Wilson, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barron, Gardena, CA
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lord, Savannah, GA
New Hope Hills Country Club, Wilson, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Walston, Wilson, NC
Wake Stone Corporation, Raleigh, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Graves, Raleigh, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Steve McCoy, Raleigh, NC
Dr. and Mrs. Dudley Anderson, Wilson, NC
Mrs. William Blair, Jr., Wilmington, NC
Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Wilson, NC
Carolina Power and Light, Winston-Salem, NC
Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Boykin, III, Wilson, NC
Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Garner, Jr., Mount Vernon, IA
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilkinson, Minneapolis, MN
Mrs. Carl J. Perkinson, Winston-Salem, NC
Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya, Japan
Mr. and Mrs. Maarouf Arnaout, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Dr. and Mrs. David Marshall, Grand Forks, ND 

Over 150 other works in public, corporate, and private collections

Selected Commissions

Rocky Mount Medical Park, Rocky Mount, NC
Poyner and Spruill, Rocky Mount, NC
Highlands Country Club, 3 paintings, Highlands, NC
Wake Stone Corporation, Raleigh, NC
Dr. Lindsey de Guehery, 4 paintings, Wilson, NC
The Lodge, The Sea Island Company, 30 paintings, St. Simons Island, GA
Hackney Body Works, 10 paintings, Washington, NC
Poyner and Spruill, 2 paintings, Charlotte, NC
Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Garner, Jr., Mount Vernon, IA
Barton College, 2 paintings, Wilson, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Graves, 6 paintings, Wilson, NC
Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Boykin, Wilson, NC
Susan Wainright Hudson, Wilson, NC
Lawrence Britt, Wilson, NC

Over 50 additional commissions for private collections

Selected Previous Gallery Representation and Exhibitions 

Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, Featured Exhibitions 1999, 2001
Blue Spiral I, Asheville, NC, Featured Exhibition 2001
City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC, Featured Exhibition 2000
erl Originals, Winston-Salem, NC
Carteret Contemporary Gallery, Morehead City, NC
Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Garden Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2013-2015
"From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey" paintings exhibited in the House of Representatives Chamber, North Carolina Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC

2012-2015 
"From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey" paintings exhibited in:
North Carolina Museum of History, lobby and other areas, Raleigh, NC  
State Library of North Carolina, main reading room, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC

2012-April 2015
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, North Carolina landscapes, Raleigh, NC

2015
Art of the State/State of the Art, September 20, 2014-February 12, 2015, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Symphony Designer Showhouse, March 19-April 19, Charleston, SC

2013
Solo Exhibition Randolph Arts Guild “From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist’s Scenic Journey,” February 5-28, Asheboro, NC
Solo Exhibition Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, "From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey," March 4-April 22, Wilmington, NC
"From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey" paintings featured in the Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse, Debby Gomulka designer, April 20-May 5, Greensboro, NC
North Carolina Museum of Natural Science Nature Gallery, “Murphy to Manteo--An Artist’s Scenic Journey” studies, sketches, and drawings, September 6-29, Raleigh, NC

2012
Solo Exhibition Greene County Museum, November 13-Dec. 29, Snow Hill, NC
Reception recognizing J. Chris Wilson and his "From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey Series" at the North Carolina Museum of History, September 13, Raleigh, NC
Solo Exhibition Arts Council of Wilson, A Reprise (from 40 Years of Painting), Wilson, NC
Solo Exhibition North Carolina Japan Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

2011
Art of the State/State of the Art, May 6-October 30, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC 

2009
Solo Exhibition “From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey,” Barton College Art Galleries, Wilson, NC

2005
Solo Exhibition Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA

2004
Solo Exhibition Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC
Solo Exhibition Burroughs-Chapin Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC

2003
Solo Exhibition 35 year Retrospective Exhibition and Catalogue, 147 works, Blount-Bridgers Museum, Tarboro, NC, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC, Arts Council of Wilson and Barton Museum, Wilson, NC

2001-2002
Paintings Exhibited, Office of The Honorable Beverly E. Perdue, Lieutenant Governor, Raleigh, NC

2000
Featured Exhibition, Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC

1999
Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Wilson, Wilson, NC

1998
Solo Exhibition, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC

1996
Solo Exhibition, The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC

1994
Solo Exhibition, Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya, Japan
Foreign Artists Exhibition, Nagoya International Center, Nagoya, Japan

1993
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
100 County Art Celebration, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC

1992
Solo Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Chowan Collage, Murfreesboro, NC

1991
Featured Exhibition Blount-Bridgers Museum, Tarboro, NC

1990
Farmington Valley Arts Center, Farmington, CT

1987
Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Wilson, Wilson, NC

1981
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

1979
Norfolk State College, Norfolk, VA

1977
Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Wilson, Wilson, NC

1974
Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Wilson, Wilson, NC

1973
Featured Exhibition Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

1972
12th Hunter Gallery Annual, Chattanooga, TN

1971
Solo Exhibition, Savannah Art Association, Savannah, GA

1970
Callaway Gardens Annual, Callaway Gardens, GA
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Selected Publications

Painting on cover of Over the Plain Houses a novel by Julia Franks, Hub City Press, Spartanburg, SC, 2016

Feature UNC-TV, Our State, "SCENES FROM 64" January 2, 2014

"U.S. Eastcoast" produced by Vidicom Media of Hamburg, Germany, Sven Jaxx, Director, and co-produced with ARTE and SWR Fernsehen to be aired as a five-part series on French-German cultural channel ARTE first aired May 20, 2014. part 2. The series is about people and shores from Florida to Maine

"From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey" drawing p. 118, attribution p. 153, Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse Adamsleigh, Greensboro, NC, "Dreamy Indulgences" Guest Room Debby Gomulka designer, Traditional Home Magazine, October 2013

Feature interview Time Warner Chanel 14 by Marti Skold "From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey" and the exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science Nature Gallery, September 3, 2013 aired state-wide multiple times

Feature article Salt Magazine The Art and Soul of Wilmington, Ashley Wahl, Senior Editor and Rick Ricozzi, photographer, August 2013 issue

Feature article "SCENES FROM 64," Our State magazine, pages 92-108, March, 2013

“From Murphy to Manteo--An Artist’s Scenic Journey” feature in The News and Observer, July 29, 2012

Featured on Heart of Carolina Perspectives, WTVD ABC 11, July 22, 2012

Featured on the Tar Heal Traveler "Murphy to Manteo--An Artist's Scenic Journey," WRAL CBS 5, April 30, 2012

Featured in the North Carolina Literary Review, 2008 

Paula W. Patterson Catalogue, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, 2005

J. Chris Wilson Retrospective Catalogue, 2003

Sarah Blakeslee Catalogue, Blount-Bridgers Museum, Tarboro, NC, 1998

"The Architecture of Eastern North Carolina in the Antebellum Period - A Primer on Form and Beauty," North Carolina Wesleyan College Press, 1995

Cover design, Crucible, Barton College, 1984

Painting reproduced on cover Wilson Historic Buildings Inventory, Published by The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1980, reprinted 1982  

Selected Professional Activities and Service

2014-2017 Historic Preservation Commission, Wilmington, NC

2013 Painting workshops, Figure Eight Island Yacht Club, June 24,25; July 22,23; August 12,13, Wilmington, NC 

2013 Board of Directors, Member at Large, Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Wilmington, NC

2011-2016 Board of Directors, Blount-Bridgers House/Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery Foundation, Tarboro, NC

2011-2014 Board of Directors, Preservation NC, Raleigh, NC

2001-2002,1987-1988,1995-1996 Chair, Library Committee, Barton College, member 1988-89, 1990-92 

2001 Originated concept of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park for Wilson, NC

2001 Juror, Rawls Museum of the Arts, Courtland, VA

1999-2000 Secretary, Board of Directors, Arts Council of Wilson, member 1997-2000

1998-2000 President, Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Commission, member, 1988-93, 1997-2002

1996 Guest Lecturer on Architecture, Decorative Arts and Fine Arts, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

1996, 1991-94 Chair, Art Curriculum Revision, Barton College

1995 Consultant in Fine Arts, City of Rocky Mount and Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

1994 Consultant for Historic Preservation and Project Development, St. John's Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, NC

1991 Chair Campus Beautification Committee, Barton College, member 1977, 1989-90

1992 Presenter, Wesleyan Symposium, Art in the Global Community, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC

1989 Presenter, Wesleyan Symposium, Architecture of Eastern North Carolina in the Antebellum Period Presenter on English Decorative Arts for British Week, Barton College, Wilson, NC

1988 Presenter, Architecture of Antebellum Eastern North Carolina, State Convention, United Daughters of the Confederacy

1985 Presentation to the Greater Greenville Area Preservation Society, Greenville, NC

1984 Appointed to the Board of Advisors, Preservation Foundation of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC

1983-1984 Co-developer of a course titled, American Material Culture, Barton College

1981-1982 Chairman Historic Properties Commission, Wilson, NC, member 1979-1983

1978 Staff Workshop (for Art Therapy) Wilson-Greene Mental Health Center, Wilson, NC

Curated an exhibition of Decorative Arts, which involved many individuals in the community, Barton College

1976 Judged Art Exhibit, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

1975-76 Purpose Committee for Southern Association self-study, Barton College      

Travel and Continuing Study

Continuing self-study in architecture and decorative arts with special emphasis on the South
Extensive travel to museums and historic sites, Eastern United States
2006 Led student group on study tour of Italy
1994-1995 Travel and self-study in Japan and China for art, architecture, decorative arts, and culture
1990 Travel and self-study in England for architecture and decorative arts
1970 Extensive travel in Central Italy, other sites in Southern and Northern Italy, Paris, France  

Positions

2012-ongoing Professor Emeritus, Barton College, Wilson, NC
2012-2015 Artist in Residence, Barton College, Wilson, NC
1974-2012 Faculty, Barton College, Wilson, NC
1991-2012, Professor of Art 
1983-1991, Associate Professor, Tenure Granted 1986, 
1977-1983, Assistant Professor 
1974-1977 Instructor  
1995-2006 Director of Exhibitions, Barton Art Museum, Wilson, NC
1995-2005 Regional Director, The Scholastic Art Awards for Eastern North Carolina, Barton College Regional Sponsor 
1994-1995 Visiting Professor, Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya, Japan 
1988-1992 Project Coordinator, Bellemonte, C. 1817, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC 
1974 Guest Artist, Savannah Art Association, Savannah, GA       

Education

1973-1974 Post-M.F.A., University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1973 M.F.A., University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1970 B.A., Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
Regents Studies Abroad Program, University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy
1967-1968 Basic design program, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
1967 A.A., Santa Fe Junior College, Gainesville, FL