Faith Wilding is an intermedia artist, writer, and educator with a BA (Honors, Comparative Literature), University of Iowa, and an MFA (Performance/Installation/Feminist Art), California Institute of the Arts, 1973.
Wilding is Professor Emerita of Performance at SAIC; and a Visiting Scholar at the Pembroke Center for Feminist Research at Brown University, Providence, RI; she has been Faculty at VCFA since 1992. Wilding's work addresses the recombinant and distributed bio-tech body in various media including drawing/painting/printmaking, video, digital media, installations, and performances.
Wilding was a co-founder of the Feminist Art Programs (Fresno, CalArts) and the feminist art movement in Southern California, chronicled in her book By Our Own Hands (Los Angeles, 1976) and many other essays. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. Solo and group performances, exhibitions, installations include: Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Vancouver Art Gallery; PS1, New York; Bronx Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; The Whitney Museum of Art; the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; UC Riverside Museum of Art; The Drawing Center, New York; Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, NYC; Ars Electronica Center, Linz; Documenta X, Kassel; The Next Five Minutes Festival, Amsterdam; the Singapore Art Museum, and others. Publications include: Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices! (Autonomedia, 2003); and numerous essays, including publication in The Power of Feminist Art (Abrams, 1995).
Wilding co-founded and collaborates with subRosa, a cyberfeminist cell of cultural producers 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. Recent Wilding/subRosa performances and exhibitions include: Feminist Matter(s), Pittsburgh Biennial; Softpower, Vitoria, Spain; A Week With/out Women, Nova Gallery, Zagreb; the Way That We Rhyme, YBCA, San Francisco; Yes Species, NGBK, Berlin and Castellon, Spain; Express Choice, Syracuse University; The Interventionists, MASSMoCA; BioDifference, Biennial of Electronic Arts, Perth, Au.; YOUGenics, Betty Rymer Gallery, SAIC; International Markets of Flesh, Performance International, Mexico City, and Merida, Yucatan; ExpoEmmaGenics, Intermediale, Mainz.
Awards and grants include Guggenheim Fellow (2009); NEA artist fellowships (1987, 1989); Creative Capital grant, with subRosa (2003-05).