de Young Artist Studio

In 2018 the Kimball Education Gallery will feature a new Art and Cognition Center—a free, accessible, and comfortable educational space designed specifically for young children and their accompanying adults. The Art and Cognition Center will provide a site for interactive play, learning, and discovery focused on the arts.

In tandem with this change to this gallery, the Artist Studio Program is being reimagined to encompass projects and experiences that reach throughout the entire museum, both inside and outside. This will allow the program to better engage with audiences and to feature the work of Bay Area artists working across various formats and disciplines in conjunction with our Contemporary Art Program.

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Vertighost opens at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor on December 16 and will celebrate one of the seminal Bay Area artists. More projects will soon be announced.

de Young Artist Studio

Angie Wilson, Luminous Matter #1, 2015. Canvas, wood, yarn, thread, mason twine, and acrylic paint, 20 x 20 x 1in.

December 6, 2017December 31, 2017

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Artist Reception: Saturday, December 16, 3–5 pm

Using yarn and light, Angie Wilson draws on metaphors of weaving to create visual and emotional translations of the cosmos, inspired by telescopic photography, string theory, and meditations on space and time. The impetus for Wilson’s imagery was the year she spent in radiation treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During each session, she was slid into what looked like a space pod, a strange, cold place where she began to contemplate making work about outer space. In the gallery, she creates an immersive installation evoking the ever-expanding universe, transforming the gallery into a constellation of stars in various states of formation and explosion. She guides museum visitors in creating circular supernova weavings, connecting the external universe with our inner selves.

Angie Wilson's work has been exhibited around the Bay Area at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, di Rosa, Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, City College of San Francisco, Cult/Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, and Root Division. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the National Institute of Art and Disabilities. Also a costume designer for theater and dance, she has created costumes for the American Conservatory Theater, Lines Ballet, Project Bandaloop, the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, and Embodiment Project.


The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.