David Wilson is an artist based in Oakland, CA. He creates observational drawings based in direct experiences with landscape and orchestrates site-based gatherings that draw together a wide net of artists, performers, filmmakers, chefs, and artisans into collaborative relationships. He organized the experimental exhibition The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and received the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's 2012 SECA Art Award. He has exhibited his work with SFMOMA, was included in the 2010 CA Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, had a solo Matrix exhibition at BAMPFA, and has received grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation, Southern Exposure, and The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design.

This website is an archive of David's drawings and the projects that he organizes, sometimes under the name Ribbons.


b. 1982, Framingham, MA
Lives and works in Oakland, CA

2005 BA Visual Art, Wesleyan University, CT

2018 SF Arts Commission new commission for SFO
2017 Walter and Elise Haas Fund grant
2015 Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant
2014 City of Berkeley officially declares May 25, 2014 "The Possible Day," honoring The Possible exhibition at BAMPFA
2013 Craft Research Fund Grant, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Asheville, NC
2012 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2012 Facebook Artist in Residence, Facebook Inc, Menlo Park, CA
2011 Curatorial Research Fellowship, Andy Warhol Foundation, New York, NY
2010 Alternative Exposure grant, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2009 GOLDIE Award presented by SF Bay Guardian, San Francisco, CA

2018 New Space, converted garage, Oakland CA
2016 Copy the Copy, Land and Sea, Oakland
2013 Arrivals, 2012 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA
2013 Tower Show, converted industrial tower, Oakland CA
2011 New Drawings, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA
2010 Gatherings, MATRIX 233, BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA
2010 The Great Beach and Father Sky, Mollusk, San Francisco, CA
2009 Open Endless, Tartine, San Francisco, CA
2007 Again, Bear Valley Visitor Center, Pt Reyes, CA
2006 Dry Harvest, Mama Buzz, Oakland, CA
2005 Six Months, BA Thesis exhibition, Zilka Gallery Wesleyan University, Middletown CT

2014-2018 BAMPFA artist in residence, organizing public engagement projects
2014 The Possible exhibition, BAMPFA, Berkeley CA
2012 Prospect Park Gathering, Brooklyn NY
2012 Ukiah Retreat/Barn Raising, Ukiah CA
2012 CLASS series, free artist-led classes, various locations Bay Area
2011 OpenHarvest, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo JP
2010 Gatherings performance series, L@TE programmer, BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA
2010 Moon Walk Moon Dance, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2010 VOLUME, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2010 Ukiah Retreat, Ukiah CA
2009 Fort Memorial, Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, Richmond, CA
2009 Open Endless: Day of Exploration, Rodeo Cove, Marin Headlands, CA
2009 Barn Show, Center for Land Based Learning, Winters, CA
2008 Cave Show, Woulds Gallery, Oakland, CA
2008 Outskirts Show, Port of SF, San Francisco, CA
2008 Island Show, Angel Island, Tiburon, CA
2008 Tent Show, Woulds Gallery, Oakland, CA
2008 Journey Show, Sacramento Riverbanks, Crocket,, CA
2007 Crater Show, Sibley Volcanic Preserve, Oakland, CA
2007 Mountain Show, Mount Diablo, Danville, CA
2007 Tunnel Show, Battery Wallace, Marin Headlands, CA
2006 Eucalyptus Grove, Claremont Regional Preserve, Berkeley, CA

2018 Desi: Alexander Kori Girad and David Wilson, Land and Sea, Oakland CA
2018 Something (you can't see, on the other side, of a wall from this side) Casts a Shadow, SOMArts, San Francisoc, CA
2018 WAY BAY 2, BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA
2015 In that Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art: David WIlson and Francesco Spagnolo, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco CA
2012 At The Edge: Recent Acquisitions, BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA
2011 Sunset Circles, Pop Gallery, Culver City, CA
2011 Worlds Outside of This One, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
2010 2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2009 Hot and Cold: The End Is Here, Baer Ridgway, San Francisco, CA
2009 David Wilson and Matt Volla, Hatch Gallery, Oakland CA
2009 Out of the Flat FIles II, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Enter the Center, Eleanor Harwood, San Francisco, CA
2007 Enchanted Forest, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA
2005 Leah Frost, David Wilson, Martha Ives, A.P.E. Arts, Northampton, MA

2014 "Holland Cotter's Notable Art Events of 2014: 'Black Radical Brookyln' and More," Holland Cotter, New York Times, Dec 11, 2014
2014 "Discovering 'The Possible' at BAM/PFA,' Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside, Feb 7, 2014
2013 "Museums Depart From the Obvious," Holland Cotter, New York Times, Sep 4, 2013
2012 "2012 SECA Art Award Recipients," Kendall George, SFAQ, Dec 24
2012 "Show Tracks BAM's Ever-Shifting Edge," Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, Oct 13
2011 “2010 California Biennial,” Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Art Forum, XLIX, No. 5
2010 “Going to California: David Wilson,” Victoria Gannon, Art21 blog, Nov 24
2009 “GOLDIE winner,” Johnny Ray Huston, SF Bay Guardian, Vol. 44, No. 5
2009 “Open Endless,” Johnny Ray Huston, SF Bay Guardian, Vol. 43, No. 33
2009 “David Wilson, Open Endless,” First Person Magazine blog, May 7
2009 “Barn Party, Shoka Shafiee, Sacramento News and Review, Feb 12
2008 “Enter the Center,” Max Goldberg, SF Bay Guardian, Vol. 42, No. 19
2007 “Class of 2008,” Kimberly Chun, SF Bay Guardian, Vol. 41, No. 48
2006 “Critics Pick: David Wilson,” Johnny Ray Huston, SF Bay Guardian, Vol. 41, No 6

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Magnes Collective of Jewish Art and Life
Facebook, Inc.