I'm an artist working primarily in fibers (lace, embroidery, etc) and drawing. I also teach at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, in the Visual & Critical Studies department.



email me at:

amywilson {at} gmail.com

I teach a variety of classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where I have been a faculty member since 2005.

Here's a quick description of the classes I currently teach at SVA:

Studio classes:

  1. Foundation Drawing: In the fall, we focus on basic skills and drawing from observation in pencil, walnut ink, and watercolor. In the spring, we get to be more creative and conceptual, and expand the notion of drawing to include animation, performance, and book-making. This is a six-hour studio class open to freshmen in the Honors program and in the Visual and Critical Studies Department. For more information on my drawing classes, click here.
  2. Intro to Fiber Arts (starts Fall 2013): The first of its kind, this is a "craft forward" class in what has traditionally been a fine/commercial arts school. In this class, we will be learning the basics of spinning, weaving, dyeing, crochet, knitting, and sewing, and their use in creating objects with both (or in some cases, either) practical use and in dialog with contemporary art practices. This is an elective class, open to second, third, and fourth year students.
  3. Senior seminar (Spring 2014): This is the final studio requirement for Visual & Critical Studies students before graduation. It will focus largely on critique of individual projects, as well as readings from contemporary critical theory, studio visits from visiting lecturers, and gallery/museum visits.

Art history/critical theory classes:

  1. Under the Influence: Altered States and Art History: This once-a-week, three-hour lecture class focuses on mental illness, and alcohol and drug use as inspirations for the creation of art throughout history. We explore the work of both “outsider” artists (starting with the works included in the Prinzhorn collection) and then expand the discussion to include “insider” artists who have openly discussed the influence of these altered states on their work. Open to all undergraduates at the School of Visual Arts.
  2. Understanding Kitsch: This is a once-a-week, three-hour art history lecture course. Starting in the mid-1800s, we trace the “history” of kitsch, from the rise of Industrialization to contemporary times, and talk about how things we consider to be “useless” or “in bad taste” reflect the culture in which they were made. Considerable time is spent reading and discussing the works of Greenberg, Collingsworth, Wilde, Sontag, and others. Open to all undergraduates at the School of Visual Arts.
  3. 15 Artists/15 Weeks: For this class, I put together a bit of a funky list of artists I felt that undergraduates should know more about… but don’t. So, we spend one three-hour class a week discussing an artist in depth, and giving their work more attention than it would usually get in a survey class. Artists include Jackson Pollock, Joseph Beuys, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, Mary Kelly, Lynn Hershman Leeson, George Maciunas, and others. Open to all undergraduates at the School of Visual Arts.
  4. Art in Theory, 1900-2000: This is an art history lecture course about the movements, thoughts, ideas, and artists that propelled the creation of art in the twentieth century. With special attention paid to artist’s writings and as well as the potential for art to be a catalyst for social justice, this class provides students with a deeper understanding of our most recent art history. Open to juniors/seniors in the Visual & Critical Studies department.

Independent Studies

As a faculty member, I have conducted over a dozen one-on-one, semester-long classes with students whose needs or interests weren't served by classes already offered. These range from studio classes like watercolor and collage, to academic courses like feminist art history.

Student Exhibitions

I've been involved in the curation, organization, and administration of three student exhibitions. Outpost was an experiment in creating an alternative economy based on art; Ground Control and It's All In Your Head were more conventional exhibitions of seniors' work from the Visual & Critical Studies department.


Visiting Artists Lectures/Critiques

I've been a Visiting Artist at a number of different schools, including Tyler, the Boston Museum School, Drew University, University of Mississippi at Oxford, and many others.