A Missouri native and alumnus of the Kansas City Art Institute, Yale University, and Boston University, James Wilson has made his life’s work of practicing, teaching, and promoting the medium of painting. Exhibition at numerous galleries across the United States and Mexico, accolades in the New York Times and Arts Magazine among other publications, and professorships at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Temple University, and finally Mineral Area College grace his extensive resume. A return to the Midwest after living in New York, Philadelphia, and Mexico for much of his career gave Wilson fresh eyes for the landscape and characters of his childhood, leading him to a sort of ironic regionalism in his painting, that monumentalizes everyday Midwestern scenes with tender familiarity.