“Art History Crash Course for the Painter or Collector” Led by J. Chris Wilson on Tuesday, Sept. 23

J. Chris WilsonWILSON, N.C. — Searching for a convenient refresher in art history?  Look no further than the Barton Art Galleries at Barton College. The College’s professor emeritus in art and artist-in-residence J. Chris Wilson will provide the perfect opportunity with his “Art History Crash Course: Review of Art History for the Painter or Collector” scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilson’s presentation and illustrated lecture, in a workshop format, will be held in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building and will include lunch. Reservations are required.

Sponsored by the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts, Lunch and Lecture Series, the cost for the event is $10 for Friends of Visual Arts Members and $20 for non-members. For additional information or to make reservations, please contact the Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477 or email: artgalleries@barton.edu.

Geared for the artist and the collector, the beginner and the more advanced student of art history, this workshop will emphasize the most significant movements and styles throughout the evolution and history of western painting and will highlight the recognizable characteristics of each.

A North Carolina landscape artist, Wilson currently has nearly 35 paintings on exhibition in four state buildings in the Capital District of Raleigh, including the Museum of History, the State Library of North Carolina, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the House of Representatives Chamber in the North Carolina Legislative Building. The paintings are part of Wilson’s painting series of large-scale scenic North Carolina landscapes “From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey.”

Wilson’s work was the subject of a feature article in the March 2013 issue of “Our State” magazine, and his historic home and art were featured in the August issue of “Salt Magazine.” The artist was featured on UNC-TV’s “Our State” program that aired on January 2 and is featured in a documentary focusing on “The U. S. Eastcoast” produced by Vidicom Media of Hamburg, Germany, and co-produced with ARTE and SWR Fernsehen to be aired as a five-part series on the French-German cultural channel ARTE in early summer. The series is about people and shores from Florida to Maine. In the recent past, Wilson was featured on WRAL’s “Tarheel Traveler,” and “WTVD’s Heart of Carolina Perspectives.” His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Southeast, and his art is also represented in numerous public and private collections in the United States, especially in the Southeast, and in England, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Wilson has been involved in symposia, community presentations, and publications on art, decorative arts, and historic preservation, and he has engaged in extensive community service throughout his professional career, currently serving on the boards of Preservation North Carolina and the Blount Bridgers House/Hobson Pittman Memorial Foundation.

Originally from Waycross and St. Simons Island, Ga., Wilson earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia, where he also completed post-graduate work, with Lamar Dodd as his major professor. Wilson served on the faculty of Barton College from 1974-2012, earning professor emeritus recognition following retirement. Now, he continues at Barton as the College’s first artist-in-residence.

Wilson makes his home in Wilmington with his wife, Kathleen, and has two adult children: a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Singleton.

For additional information or to view Wilson’s work, visit www.jchriswilson.com.