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Lia Wilson

​Lia Wilson is an arts writer and arts administrator. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Maine in 2015. Wilson has a background managing academic departments in art schools, first for California College of the Arts’ Architecture Division and later for Pratt Institute’s Art and Design Education Department. She was the Communications Manager at the Portland Museum of Art during the institution’s Your Museum, Reimagined initiative, a multi-year revamp project expanding access to the museum’s campus and collection. Wilson’s writing practice explores themes of identity, visibility, and representation in contemporary visual arts, and her research interests include the expanded field of outsider art and self-taught art and the evolution of critical discourse surrounding artists with mental illnesses. She has a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and a BFA in Printmaking from College of Santa Fe. She currently lives in Portland with her partner and young son.

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  1. Kate Sanders-Fleming

    Hi Lia,

    I’m Kate Sanders-Fleming, owner of Buena Vista Landscaping, Portland area, and visual artist/dance enthusiast. I got your name from Sara Juli. I used to teach art and yoga, and my own practice and teaching have been dormant a few years since I started my business. Looking to get back involved and interested in volunteering at Space, potentially something involving youth. Sara mentioned the “Mixtape Party” as well as classes or workshops with youth? Would love to talk with you about possibilities. My cell is 207 712-4583, email is, you can check out my business to learn a bit more about me at, or on instagram: buenavistalandscapingmaine. Now is my busy season, so I could probably only do a day or two a month ish right now, but let’s talk and see where it leads.

    Thanks, best to you and yours during these crazy times.


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