Professor of Art and head of the Conceptual and Information Arts program Stephen Wilson passed in his sleep Jan. 10, at the age of 66. Educated at Antioch College, Boston College, Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago, Wilson was a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of new media. His interactive installations and performances have been shown internationally in galleries, SIGGRAPH, CHI, NCGA, Ars Electronica, and V2 art shows. He authored many books and articles that explored the cultural and educational implications of the intersection between art and technology. His most recent book, Art + Science: How Scientific Research and Technological Innovation are Becoming Key to 21st-Century Aesthetics, surveyed artists, theorists and researchers in fields such as biology, medicine, physics, artificial life, telepresence, body sensors, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and information systems. He was also a developer for companies that included Apple and Articulate Systems, and performed the role of principal investigator in National Science Foundation research projects that investigated the relationship between new technologies and education.
Wilson is survived by wife Catherine Witzling, daughter Sophia and nieces Pamela Wilson and Staci Pruitt, as well as their families. Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at Sinai Memorial Chapel. His widow asks that flowers not be sent, but to instead donate to one of Wilson's favorite charities. For more information, contact the Art Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 8-2176.