Artist's Statement and Biography

The work of Molly Wicks explores subtractive form and the ghosts of color. Working from sedimentary layers, fungus, and mold forms, then applying paint to the cuts provides an organic grid whose holes and back refract into shadow harmonies guided by the austere dimensionality of the elevated panel.

As well as the focus placed upon color with the refractions and shadows, a large emphasis is placed on the color painted within the cutouts. The precise painting of these interior spaces creates areas of color vibration, tension, and harmony. These relationships are studied in hopes of generating visual compositions that evoke sound. 

Currently, Molly is exploring more representational imagery, but the focus on layers and color remains the same.

Past biology and music, Molly has been influenced by her continuous travels, students, and her children.

Curriculum Vitae


2011 | Washington State University, Pullman, WA

MFA: Drawing, Sculpture, Painting

2007 | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN

BFA: Art; Minors: Spanish Studies and Theater Arts

2004 | IES, Santiago, Chile

Teaching Experience

2019-23 | Lecturer, South Dakota State University

2011-19 | Instructor, South Dakota State University

Courses taught at SDSU:

ART 111: Drawing I

ART 112: Drawing II

DSGN 121: Design Fundamentals I

DSGN 110: Creative Thinking

ART 122: Design, Color

ART 123: Design, 3d

DSGN 152: Design Fundamentals II

ARTH 100: Art Appreciation

ART 231: Painting I

ART 331: Painting II

ART 431: Painting III

ART 432: Painting IV

ART 433: Painting V

ART 482: Travel Studies

2009-11 | Instructor of Record, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Courses Taught:

FA 110: Introduction to Drawing

FA 102: Visual Concepts 1

FA 320: Beginning Painting

FA 101: Introduction to Art (TA)

FA 303: 19th Century Art History (TA)

FA 304: 20th Century Art History (TA)

2008-09 |Reserve Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN

Large Projects

2020                  Wicks Lab, Permanent collection, Johns Hopkins University

2018                      Public Art Commission, SDSU: Harding Hall Atrium

                                        connect. interweave evolve.

2017                  Mural, The Brookings Register Wall (with help from the SDSU Art Club)



Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2018                  New Works, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD

2016                  Hot, Humid, Growth, Constant Growth, Sioux Falls Design Center, Sioux Falls, SD

2015                  hue and your shadow, Art Center of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

                          Molly Wicks @ Valley City State University Gallery, Valley City, ND

                          Molly Wicks @ Fishbowl II, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

2014                  Molly Wicks @ Shoebox Gallery, Shoebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2013                  Ologies, Ographies, Esvelt Gallery, Pasco, WA (2 person show with Eric Parker)

                          Typographies of Shapes and Lines, CUB Gallery, Pullman, WA



Selected Group Exhibitions

2022                 Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

2021                 Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

2020                 Here and There, McCormick Gallery, Midland, TX (invited)

                          Abstraction, South Dakota Art Museum Show (Invited)

                          Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

2019                 Permanent collection, Kaldec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA

                          Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

2018                 63rd Annual Central Washington Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA (juried)

                          Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

2017                 Ka-Chunk, Ipso Gallery @ Fresh Produce, Sioux Falls, SD

                          Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

2016                 Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

                          SDcaa Faculty Show, Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, SD

                          inaugeral show, South Dakota Gallery, Mitchell, SD (invited)

2015                 Built Environments, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD (joint show with Cassie Marie Edwards and Laura Jewell)

2014-16            6th South Dakota Governor’s Biennial (traveling, juried by Chris Adkins, Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

2015                  South Dakota Faculty Show, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD

                          Miniatures, Arts Center of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

2013                 Open Door 9, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (Juried by Elizabeth Armstrong, Curator of Contemporary Collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

                          PRIME, Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA

                          Magnitude 7, Manifest Gallery, Cinncinatti, OH

                          Out of Bounds, McCormick Gallery, Midland, TX (4 person show)

2012                 Open Door 8, Rosalux Gallery, Minnapolis, MN (Juried by Christina Chang, Curator of Engagement at Minnesota Museum of American Art)

                          First Juried Show, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD

                          SDSU Faculty Show, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

                          South Dakota Arts Faculty Show, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

                          36th Annual Fine Arts Open Exhibition, Brookings Arts Council, Brookings, SD

                          This is What’s Up, Maroney Commons, Howard, SD

                          5th South Dakota Governor’s Biennial (juried and traveling)

                          UMPH (MMP), SDSU Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

2011                 SDSU Annual Faculty Exhibition, SDSU Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD

                          WSU MFA Exhibition, WSU Museum of Art, Pullman, WA

                          Student Works, Valley Arts Center, Clarkston, WA

2010                 NotMOMA, Gallery 2, WSU Fine Arts Building, Pullman, WA

                          Graduate Student Spring Show, Two Degree Northwest Gallery, Moscow, ID

                          First Year MFA Show: Ashlin Mears and Molly Wicks, Gallery 2, WSU Fine Arts Building, Pullman, WA

2009                 Co-Mutiny, Frames Up Gallery, Minneapolis

2007                 BFA Exhibition, Regis Center for the Arts at the University of MN, Minneapolis, MN

2006                 Picasso’s Children, Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


2014                     Vermont Studio Center, Artist Grant received (May-June)

2013                     Art Farm, Marquette, NE (June)


2021                  Green Is My Favorite Color, Artist Talk, seen at:

2020                         Incorporating the Arts into Architecture, article at Blue Prints SD, seen at:

2019               Guest Artist and Lecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

2017                     Awardee, South Dakota Arts Council Grant, $2,000 Artist Career Development Grant

2016                     Visiting Lecturer, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Trip to Portugal, October 2016             

                             Career Development Grant, South Dakota Arts Council, $2000

201                        2014                     6th Governor’s South Dakota Biennial Catalog

                                                                     Examiner. com Interview by Erik Ritter, Molly Wicks @ Shoebox Gallery, seen at:                   

2013                     Magnitude 7 Catalog

                             Out of Bounds Catalog

2012           , 2056th Featured Artist

                             New American Paintings, vol. 102 (Juried by Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts)

                             5th Governor’s South Dakota Biennial Catalog

2010                     LandEscapes Literary and Fine Arts Journal, 2011

Conference Presentations

2019                     FATE, Habitat for Humanity, Groups, and Freshman (presented in Columbus, OH)

2018                     NCBDS, Creative Thinking (presented in Cincinnati, OH)

2017                     FATE, Are There Examples (presented in Kansas City, MO)

2015                     FATE, Seed House (presented in Indianapolis, IN)

Study Abroad/Significant Travels

2016                     Study Abroad Planning in Portugal for SDSU

2006                     Travel in Greece (1 month)

2004                     Study Abroad in Santiago, Chile and Travel in South America (Six Months)

2003                     Travel in Australia and New Zealand (2 months)

2002                     Study Abroad in Cote d’Ivoire and travel through West Africa (Six Months)