Faith Wilding

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Faith Wilding
Born 1943
Nationality Paraguayan American
Known for Performance art, installation, multimedia art, arts education

Faith Wilding is a Paraguayan American multidisciplinary artist, writer and educator, widely known for her contribution to the progressive development of feminist art.

Personal life and education[edit]

Faith Wilding was born in 1943 in Paraguay and emigrated to the United States in 1961.[1][2] 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.[3]

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.[3]


Wilding became a teaching assistant in the Feminist Art Program Judy Chicago founded at California State University, Fresno, in 1970.[4] 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.[5]

Wilding wrote about the Feminist art movement in her book By Our Own Hands (Los Angeles, 1976).[6] She has worked in various media including art, video, installations, and performances.[7] 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.[8] Her audio work has been commissioned and broadcast by RIAS Berlin; WDR Cologne; and National Public Radio.[9]

Wilding taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.[10] She has worked as a Research Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University,[11] and a faculty member of the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art Program at Vermont College, Norwich University.[12] She has received several grants and awards in art, including a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.[13]

Wilding cofounded and collaborates with subRosa, a reproducible cyberfeminist cell of cultural researchers using BioArt and tactical performance in the public sphere to explore and critique the intersections of information and biotechnologies in women’s bodies, lives, and work.[14] subRosa has performed, exhibited, lectured and published in the USA, Spain, Britain, Holland, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Mexico, Canada, Slovenia, and Singapore.[15] Recent Wilding/subRosa performances/exhibitions include: “The Interventionists”, MASSMoCA; “BioDifference” Biennial of Electronic Arts, Perth, Australia; Performance International, Mexico City, and Mérida, Yucatán; “Cloning Cultures,” National University, Singapore; Welcome to the Revolution, Zurich; Art of Maintenance, Kunstakademie, Vienna.[16] In 2013, the Women's Caucus for Art announced that Wilding will be a 2014 recipient of the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.[17] In 2014, threewalls, a non-profit art gallery in Chicago, held the first retrospective of Wilding's work titled "Fearful Symmetries" that featured artwork spanning 40 years. [18]


Coauthor or editor
  • Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices. Eds. Maria Fernanadez, Faith Wilding, and Michelle M. Wright. Autonomedia, 2003.
  • Laura Meyer with Faith Wilding, "Collaboration and Conflict in the Fresno Feminist Art Program: An Experiment in Feminist Pedagogy". n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal vol. 26, July 2010 pp. 40–51.
  • subRosa, Faith Wilding. "Bodies Unlimited A decade of subRosa's art practice." n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal. July 2012. 28. pp. 16–25.
  • Faith Wilding, Critical Art Ensemble. "Notes on the Political Condition of Cyberfeminism." Art Journal. Summer 1998. 58: 4. pp. 46–59.
  • Faith Wilding, Mira Schor, Emma Amos, Susan Bee, Johanna Drucker, María Fernández, Amelia Jones, Shirley Kaneda, Helen Molesworth, Howardena Pindell, Collier Schorr "Contemporary Feminism: Art Practice, Theory, and Activism--An Intergenerational Perspective". Art Journal. Winter, 1999. 58: 4. pp. 8-29.


  1. ^ "Faith Wilding". Oxford Reference Index. Retrieved February 2014. 
  2. ^ Smith, Beryl et al. (1996). Lives and Works: Talks with Women Artists, Volume 2. Lanham, MD and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 0-8108-3153-8. 
  3. ^ a b Jane F. Gerhard. The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2007. University of Georgia Press; 1 June 2013. ISBN 978-0-8203-4568-0. p. 27.
  4. ^ Jane F. Gerhard. The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2007. University of Georgia Press; 1 June 2013. ISBN 978-0-8203-4568-0. p. 27–28.
  5. ^ Butler, Cornelia (2007). WACK! art and feminist revolution. Los Angeles: The MIT Press. p. 316. ISBN 0-914357-99-9. 
  6. ^ Terry Wolverton. Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman's Building. City Lights Books; 1 August 2002. ISBN 978-0-87286-403-0. p. 28.
  7. ^ Peter Howard Selz; Susan Landauer; San Jose Museum of Art. Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond. University of California Press; 2006. ISBN 978-0-520-24053-7. p. 191.
  8. ^ "Faith Wilding". Vermont College of Fine Arts. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Faith Wilding". Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  10. ^ "Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries Retrospective". threewalls. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "New Observations /113: Faith Wilding". Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  12. ^ "Faith Wilding | Vermont College of Fine Arts". Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  13. ^ "Faith Wilding". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  14. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  15. ^ "subRosa". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  16. ^ "Bronx Museum of Arts Roundtable". Kabul Reconstructions. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  17. ^ "Women's Caucus for Art". Women's Caucus for Art. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ "threewalls exhibition". threewalls. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Interview with Faith Wilding and Brett Stalbaum from M/E/A/N/I/N/G
  • Waiting. React Feminism.
  • Interview with Faith Wilding for !Women Art Revolution, !W.A.R.: Voices of a Revolution digital archive, collection of the Standard University Libraries.