FOVA Art Lunch and Lecture Series on March 26 Features N.C. Connection

Barton’s FOVA Lunch and Lecture Series Will Focus on History of Painting in N.C., Collecting N.C. Art, and Composition and Design for the Artist and Collector

WILSON, N.C. — March 18, 2015 — Barton College’s artist-in-residence and North Carolina landscape artist J. Chris Wilson will present a three-part illustrated lecture on Thursday, March 26, as part of the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts (FOVA) Lunch and Lecture Series. The three lecture topics will include “A History of Painting in North Carolina,” “Collecting North Carolina Art,” and “Composition and Design for the Artist and the Collector.” The lectures will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on the campus of Barton College from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with lunch included.

Reservations are required for the lunch and lecture event. The charge will be $10 for Friends of Visual Arts members or $20 for non-members. To confirm your reservation, please contact the Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477 or email These lectures will be of great interest to collectors, artists of all types, and individuals who want to know more about North Carolina art.

Wilson currently has nearly 35 paintings on long-term exhibition in four significant state buildings in the Capital District in Raleigh. The paintings are from a major series of large-scale scenic North Carolina landscapes “From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey,” which are on exhibit at 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. Wilson is the first artist to have paintings featured in the House of Representatives Chamber.

A number of Wilson’s works also will be featured in the upcoming 2015 Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse from March 19-April 19. His 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 2013 issue of “Salt Magazine.” The artist was featured on UNC-TV’s “Our State” program and in episode two of a five-part documentary series focusing on “The U. S. East Coast” produced by Vidicom Media of Hamburg, Germany, and co-produced with ARTE and SWR Fernsehen. The production, which aired on the French-German cultural channel ARTE, is a series about the people and the shores stretching from Florida to Maine.

In the recent past, Wilson and his North Carolina painting series were featured on WRAL’s “Tar Heel 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 Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission 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, and received 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 about the artist or to view Wilson’s work, please visit