The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Anderson Lecture Series Welcomes Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson
Lecture Time: Thursday, September 20 at 1p.m.
Lecture Title: "Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace”
Lecture Location: Palmer Museum of Art, Lipcon Auditorium


Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and art space director, who over the past four decades has created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. 
She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, and online works.
Represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York, Wilson received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2013. She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art; and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Also on September 20, Wilson will perform at the HUB-Robeson Gallery, 6:50-7 p.m., in connection with the exhibition Overlap: Life Tapestries. The performance will be followed by a panel, Overlap Conversations on (un)Warping Sexism in the Arts, with curator Vida Sabbaghi, Penn State Professor of Art Education Karen Keifer-Boyd, and others.