Kristina Wilson received a B.A in 1993 and Ph.D. in 2001 from Yale University. She joined the Clark faculty in the fall of 2004.
Wilson has published two award-winning books. Her book about museums and the popularizing of American modernism is The Modern Eye: Stieglitz, MoMA, and the Art of the Exhibition, 1925-1934 (Yale University Press, 2009). The Modern Eye was awarded the 2011 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for distinguished scholarship in American art by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2004, Wilson published Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression (Yale University Press), about the rise of American modernist design in the Depression years. The book won the Charles F. Montgomery Book Award from the Decorative Arts Society, and was accompanied by an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2004-2005.
Wilson has written articles and reviews in a variety of publications, including The Art Bulletin, American Art, Journal of Design History, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Winterthur Portfolio, and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She has also contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues for institutions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the RISD Museum of Art, the National Building Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
At Clark, Wilson has worked with undergraduates on a variety of research projects. She co-curated an exhibition on the history and reception of cyanotype photography at the Worcester Art Museum in 2016 with Nancy Burns, Associate Curator of Prints Drawings and Photographs. Burns and Wilson received an Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators for the project. See the “Cyanotypes” tab on this page for an account of the student research seminar (Fall 2015) and exhibition (spring 2016). See the “Life of a Campus” tab on this page for an account of the research project she conducted with students in 2011-2012 on the architectural history of the Clark campus. Wilson also teaches lecture courses on nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century art, upper-level courses on modern design, gender in art, and art history methods.
In addition to her collaborations with the Worcester Art Museum, Wilson is also involved with ArtsWorcester, an organization devoted to contemporary art practice in Worcester and the surrounding region. She has served on the Board of Directors for ArtsWorcester in various roles since 2012, and was President of the Board from 2015 to 2017.