A Thriving Community

Local Artists and Artisans

Regional Talent

Music & Arts

Wilson enjoys a thriving community of local artists and artisans whose work is featured in galleries, shows and festivals throughout the region. Its location on the Blues Highway, the Great River Road and Americana Music Triangle also gives Wilson a unique musical flavor. In nearby Dyess, the Johnny Cash boyhood home shows how the land and culture helped shape an American music icon. The Wilson Music Series, local art installations and budding artist residency program nurture the artistic expression that grows out of the Delta.

Wilson Music Series

The Wilson Music Series is a quarterly music event featuring local, regional and national artists. In venue spaces spread across town, the series highlights the rich musical heritage found on Blues Highway 61.

Industrial Connection Art Installation

Artists Ellen Dempsey, Desmond Lewis and Lacy Mitcham are graduate students in sculpture at the University of Memphis. This work reanimates the concrete slab next to the original Lee Wilson Company cotton gin, as it continues an artistic dialogue in the town. Materials and arrangements are a reaction to the town’s complex agricultural history, as well as the juxtaposition between organic and industrial features sprinkled throughout the landscape.

Artist Residency Program

Our goal is to expand the creative and interpretive program in Wilson to include an artist residency. We want artists, particularly visual artists, to come to Wilson and take time here to respond to the landscape, the people and the cultures in this region. The town of Wilson will provide studio space for those artists to create and share work based on these experiences.

Artist Residency Program