Hilary Wilder


In a new body of work titled A Castle Dark (For Cathy), artist Hilary Wilder tells the story of Cathy Smith, a former groupie to The Band also known for her troubled relationship with singer Gordon Lightfoot and her implication in the drug-related death of John Belushi. The series of paintings are constructed from the visual details of her life while paying homage to Canadian landscape painter, Tom Thomson. Wilder received a B.A. in Studio Art from Bates College and an M.F.A. in painting at the University of Wisconsin. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Visual Arts. Wilder is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. The artist is also taking part in a group show titled “The Sirens’ Song” opening October 11 at Rubin Center in El Paso.