Faith Wilding

Faith Wilding (born 1943) is a Paraguayan American multidisciplinary artist – which includes but is not limited to: watercolor, performance art, writing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, and digital art. She is also an author, educator, and activist widely known for her contribution to the progressive development of feminist art. She also fights for ecofeminism, genetics, cyberfeminism, and reproductive rights.[1] Wilding is Professor Emerita of performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.[2]

Faith Wilding
Born 1943 (age 7778)

Alma mater University of Iowa,
California State University Fresno,
California Institute of the Arts
Known for Performance art, installation, multimedia art, arts education
Movement Cyber Feminism, Feminist Art, Performance Art, Critical Studies

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Faith Wilding was born in 1943 in Paraguay and emigrated to the United States in 1961.[3][4] She holds a degree in English from the University of Iowa. In 1969 she began her graduate studies and then received her Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts.[5][6]

She was married to Everett Frost, an English professor. Wilding and her husband were anti-war activists and members of the Students for a Democratic Society. While in Fresno, Wilding and her friend Suzanne Lacy became activists for the feminist movement.[5]

Wilding became a teaching assistant in the Feminist Art Program Judy Chicago founded at California State University, Fresno, in 1970.[7] While there, she participated in the month-long, ground-breaking feminist exhibition Womanhouse, held in an empty house in Los Angeles in 1972. For Womanhouse she made Crocheted Environment which she originally called Womb Room (1972) as well as the performance work Waiting.[8]

Wilding wrote about the Feminist art movement in her book By Our Own Hands (Los Angeles, 1976).[9] She has worked in various media including art, video, installations, and performances.[10] Her work has been exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia, including at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Drawing Center, all in New York City; in Los Angeles at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum; the Riverside Art Museum; documenta X, Kassel; Ars Electronica Center, Linz; The Next Five Minutes Festival, Amsterdam; and Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid.[11] Her audio work has been commissioned and broadcast by RIAS Berlin; WDR Cologne; and National Public Radio.[12]

Wilding taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.[13] She has worked as a Research Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University,[14] and a faculty member of the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art Program at Vermont College, Norwich University.[15] She has received several grants and awards in art, including a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.[16]

She was interviewed for the 2010 film !Women Art Revolution.[17]

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