Research | Conceptualizing | Exhibitions | Publications


Wendy L. Wilson I Curriculum Vitale

Director of Exhibitions/ Curator

2019 Anthropocene : Humans and Nature
       Voice of San Diego article: Art and the Anthropocene at the Border

Anthropocene: Humans and Nature exhibition explores the era of dominant human effect on the Southern California and Tijuana landscape.  Art installations at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center (BMCC). The reception will host exhibiting artists as well as anthropogenic soundings by regional composers including Jeremy Field and Poet Gerda Govine.
Artists in the exhibition: 
Stephanie Bedwell, Diana Benavidez, Annette Cyr, May Y. Cheung Hoffman, Michael Field,Brian A. Gibson, Matthew Hebert, Nancie Holliday, Janet Hubka, Luis Ituarte, Amanda Kachadoorian, Seffa Klein, Jim Melli, Paula Poole, Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Anna Siqueiros, Julie Sperling, Eva Struble, and Luke Woodaman.
Anthropocene press release

2018 Maestro Jahja Ling  | Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
         Video of exhibition

         Internationally known Maestro Jahja Ling, San Diego’s preeminent orchestra conductor laureate

         and Bonita, California resident is the focus of this exhibition featuring personal letters,

         video, and historical images from Ling's life.  Visitors can explore LIng's time at Julliard, Yale, and           the Tanglewood Music Center with teachers Mieczyslaw Munz, Otto-Werner Mueller, Leonard

         Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and André Previn.

         Performance documentation includes Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Whitney Houston at

         Super Bowl XXV, Carnegie Hall with the San Diego Symphony, and performances with Yo-Yo

         Ma and Lang Lang. Candid photos include international composers, conductors, and musicians.             Ephemera from awards, such as the 1977 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master       

         Competition in Israel and the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

         Article: San Diego Union Tribune "Exhibit in Bonita tracks Jahja LIng" by Beth Wood

         Radio interview: Jazz 88.3 Dave Drexler "Inside Art" with Jahja Ling 

2018 NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE, Mythical California   | CCAE Museum, Escondido, CA.

Exhibition explores Saint Phalle's fascination with mythical California including Queen Califia and the making of Queen Califia's Magical Circle sculpture park.  The exhibition includes her Californian Diary series, original maquettes of totems, furniture, and a large scale model of the sculpture park.  January 13 - March 4, 2018

Art & Museum magazine, "The Architecture of Niki de Saint Phalle, Living Inside Sculpture" 
(pg. 52-53)

2016-2017 Joan Embery, My Animal World   | Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

Exhibition showcases the life of this iconic "Wild Animal Ambassador" and local horsewoman. Joan Embery is best known as the international ambassador for the San Diego Zoo, appearing with exotic animals on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.


2015-2016 Information Retrieval: Matthew Hebert  | Creative Catalyst San Diego Foundation
      Community engagement public art sculpture about technology, our region, and landscape.
      Video of installation by artist

2015 In The Studio: Art Dialogs   I CCAE Museum, Esc. social media page,

Artists in the exhibition: Raul Guerrero with sculpture and two dimensional artwork created in      studio with Ed Kienholz and Sam Francis. Shane Guffogg shares his artwork and stories about life with Ed Ruscha and other Los Angeles artists. Lyn Horton in the studio with Sol LeWitt and Douglas Huebler. Works by Peter Phillips and early performance and sculptural works with Eleanor Antin. Roy David Rogers in the studio with Eleanor Antin and Francoise Gilot. The exhibition includes personal notes, pictures, and stories about the relationships formed during the art making process. press

2015 Contemporary Constructions: Matthew & Iris Strauss Family Foundation I CCAE Museum, Esc

Artists in the exhibition: Chema Alvergonzales, José Bedia, Mel Chin, Inka Essenhigh, Ralph Fleck, Cosima von Bonin Raúl Guerrero, Elliott Hundley, Jörg Immendorff Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Nelson Leirner, Jean Lowe, Markus Lupertz, Fabian Marcaccio, Faris McReynolds, Sarah Morris, Asma Shikoh, Doug & Mike Starn, Fred Wilson, Sam Taylor Wood, Yin Xiuzhen


2014 Second Spring: California Plein Air pre-1940’s I San Dieguito River Conservancy I CCAE Museum

Selections from museums, private, and government collections. the Irvine Museum, Jean Stern lecture. Artists in exhibition: Franz Bischof, Maurice Braun, Conrad Buff, Colin Campbell Cooper, Alson Clark, Paul Dougherty, Charles Fries, John Frost, Percy Gray, William Griffith, Alice Klauber, Leonard Lester, George Demont Otis, Arthur Grover Rider, Anna Hills, Joseph Kleitsch, Ivan Messenger, Alfred Mitchell, Ernest Henry Pohl, Granville Redmond, Charles Reiffel, Albert R. (AR) Valentien, Carolus Verhaeren, William Wendt


2014 Plein-Air Painters of America, CCAE

Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, Lorenzo Chavez, Gil Dellinger, Kathleen Dunphy, Gay Faulkenberry, Lynn Gertenbach, Raleigh Kinney, Jean LeGassick, , Joseph McGurl, Ned Robert, Ralph Oberg, Ron Rencher, Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Matt Smith, Kate Starling, Brian Stewart


2013 Native American Cultural Revitalization I San Diego Zoo Global, CSU San Marcos, Debra Small       and Lydia Vassar


2013 Art+Science: Ubiquity and Permanence with Claire L. Evans from YACHT I Esc. Municipal Gallery, CA.


2013 Local Color with US Veteran Collective Dirty Canteen with Ehren Tool| Esc. Municipal Gallery,CA


2013 Photo-Documentary with Jon Lowenstein (Chicago) and Teun Van Derheijden (Amsterdam) I

Univ. San Diego Trans-Border Institute, Esc.


2013 Uterus Flag Project, Master’s Thesis Terrilynn Quick I Esc.Municipal Gallery, CA.


2013 Exhibitions: WOOD, A Furniture Show IV curator Brian Murphy, Panache Invitational Art Auctions with Niki de Saint Phalle Charitable Art Foundation, DreamAbility-Artists with Abilities not Disabilities with Marty Tiedeman, Emerging Student Artist:High School Student Show with Donna Meyer , Contemporary Realism with Daniel Foster, Oceanside Museum of Art,  Small Scale with Juror: Annette Cyr, National University, Art Riot with Chris Cochran, Stone Brewing Company, Summation 2013 with Constance White, San Diego Airport Authority Public Art Program, Velocipede, AMGEN bike race, Enlightened Lens: Advanced Photography from Palomar College with Donna Cosentino


2012 West Coast Fiber and Book Arts juror Stephanie Bedwell I Esc. Municipal Gallery, CA


2012 Recycled Materials Runway Event and exhibition with Amy Sims - Architect, livinghomes, Los Angeles


2012 Exhibitions: Summation 2012 Martha Ehringer, Mingei International Museum, Art Riot with John Rubesha, Local Color,  Small Scale-Toy Store with Renee Richetts, Contemporary Realism with Tara Smith, DreamAbility with Marty Tiedeman and Joe Nalven, EAP Members exhibition, Panache Invitational Art Auctions, Petey Dietz and Nancy Jennings, Enlightened Lens: Advanced Photography from Palomar College with Donna Cosentino


2011 Art+Science: Eyesight = Insight with Ruth West, University of California, San Diego, CA


2011 Summation 2011, Charlotte Cagan, San Diego History Museum, Art Riot with Joe Nalven, blogger UTSanDiego, Recycled Art with Victoria Huckins, Local Color, Mine the Chatter with Kevin Freitas, DreamAbility with Marty Tiedeman, Contemporary Realism with Moya Devine, Emerging Student Artist:High School Student exhib., Ity Bity, Isty-Bitsy, Teeny Weeny - Small Scale Show with the Longest Title Ever  with Catherine Sass, San Diego Public Art Commission


2010 Exhibitions: Summation 2010 with Amy Galpin, San Diego Museum of Art, Art Riot with Daniel F. Martinez, Recycled Materials Runway Event and Recycled Art exhibition, Fiber & Book Arts 2010 (West Coast) with John Marshall, Local Color, The Art of Making Money with Zane, Streetlife clothing, Contemporary Realism with Rachel Teagle, Children Museum San Diego. Panache Invitational Art Auctions, (Keep it) Narrow  ,Members Only 2010


2009 Art+Science:Art Stars  with Ruth West and Sarah Attwood, UCSD and Madcatz Design
2009 Summation 2009 with Fritzie Urquhart, Glass & Metal with Garry Cohen, Glass Ranch Del Dios,Nurture vs. Nature Tom Noel & Larry Baza, Art Riot with Scott Kuhnly, Greenwashing/Recycled Art with Olivia Luther, Members Only, WOOD, A Furniture Show with Brian Murphy
2007-2009- (24 exhibitions and 30 solo artist exhibitions)

Publications & Catalogs

2018 - NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE, Queen Califia's Magical Circle.  Book designer
Lydia D'moch. 


2015 Contemporary Constructions and In The Studio exhibition catalogs

2007 – 2013  Summation: Merging of Art and Poetry (Hither and Yahn)




Press & Interviews


2015  A Comeback in Escondido, San Diego CityBeat
2013  Art as Therapy:PostTramatic Stess Disorder and Artists, Union Tribune Newspaper, SD
2012  Illuminate the Evening,  Glow-in-the-Park, Installation Union Tribune Newspaper, San Diego
2009 Tiffany is Tall,  Fashion Week, Cover and article San Diego Reader
2007 Moving the Municipal, North County Times, Escondido
2000 Cover of Los Angeles Reader, Tibetian Fair, Head of Publicity-Los Angeles Friends of Tibet

1993 Bukowski's Wedding, KFCF Pacifica, Fresno



Concept Development

2013 Concept Development I smART Fridays ‘artist in schools’ and smART Festival, Grape Day Park, Esc. 

2012-2013 Design Me a Planet:International program with Michel Saloff Coste, lecture, workshop and elementary school program

2012 Concept Development I Glow-in-the-Park, Grape Day Park, Esc. Municipal Gallery

2011 Concept Development I Paint My Ride, Art Car event and workshop with Mr. Shrine, Escondido, CA
2008 – 2013 Concept Development I Experimental Film Screenings, Pop-up locations and Muni Gallery
2007 – 2014 Concept Development I Recycled Materials Runway Event, Pop-up locations including California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
2007 Concept Development I Innerspace Gallery for PhotoArts Group and Digital Art Guild
2000-2007 Concept Development I Lucia Pamela flash movie and website development
1990-1993 Producer of radio and print I Pacifica Radio Station Corporation, Los Angeles and Fresno CA
1991 Writer I Creative Department I Fox Television Stations Productions, Los Angeles, CA.
1990 Assistant to the Producers and writer I Missing Reward , Four point Entertainment, Los Angeles CA.


Awards & Grants


2020 California Humanities grant: Sine Kwento: Film and Stories with filmmakers Benito Bautista and Emma Francisco
2015 Creative Catalyst grant with artist Matthew Hebert, The San Diego Foundation

2015 Distinguished Citizen Award, 75th Assembly District Acknowledgment
2014 High School competition, 52nd Congressional District Acknowledgment
2013 smART Fridays I San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Third District
2013 Leadership in Education I Escondido Union School District, Elementary District
2012 West Coast Fiber and Book Arts I San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Third District
2011 Innovative Arts Programming grant: Art, Science & Recycling | National Endowment for the Arts
2012 Wood, A Furniture exhibition, State Assembly recognition, Vista, CA.

2007-2015 Community Enhancement grant | San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Third District
1991 Best Story I GroupW (Westinghouse), Los Angeles CA


Artist Exhibitions- Individual Works


2017 Nasty Women, San Diego | Helmuth Projects
2016 David Bowie Cave of Wonder | Traveling exhibition
2016 Desert Garden with Bowie | Panache Invitational

2015 Wayne and Sylvia’s table | Spring exhibition Brokers Building, San Diego, CA.
2015 Dollie in Joshua Tree | Panache Invitational
2014 LACMA | Contemporary Realism | Esc. Municipal Gallery
2013 Waiting for the Frackin Bus I Fall exhibition Brokers Building, San Diego, CA.
2013 Zooey and Bee Complex I Art+Science 2013 | Esc. Municipal Gallery
2012 Abbott Kenney Cakestands I Panache Invitational
2012 Page 10 I Members, Esc. Municipal Gallery
2011 Mt. Whitney I Small Scale, Esc. Municipal Gallery
2011 Escondido Underwater I Expressions Space, Escondido, CA. (two person exhibition)
2009 Construction Proof I Art+Science: Eyesight is insight with Ruth West, UCSD, Esc. Municipal Gallery, 
2013 Von Faulkenberg Histories I Toy Show curated by Roy D. Rogers, Esc. Municipal Gallery, CA.
2012  Early Archaic Astro lab and Anza-Borrego Astro Lab I Toy Store curated by Renee Richetts, Esc. Muni. Gallery
2000-2007 – Croquet Devil, Fig Tree Gallery, Fresno, CA. and

Modular Functions of Elliptical Curves, Pasadena CA




1984-1986 AA Degree | Palomar Jr. College, San Marcos, CA
1986-1989 BA Radio, Television and Film, California State University, Fresno, CA
2000 Flash Animation,, Ojai CA

Installing  In the Studio: Artist Dialogs
with Eleanor Antin, Stella, and Pam
Install with Roy David Rogers and Brian Gibson
Pictured artwork by Raul Guerrero, Lyn Horton and Roy David Rogers
Recycled Materials Runway Event

Highlighting local designers and artists including California collective Haute Trash and Francisco Medavog. Set design by Jon Bazan. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

pictured: Zee Leggett


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