William Lamson

Brooklyn, New York

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About William Lamson

Headshot of William Lamson,  looking directly at camera with a slight smile. He is a Latino man with light tone skin, shaved black hair, wearing a black button up shirt.

William Lamson is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice involves working with elemental forces to create durational performative actions. Set in landscapes as varied as New York’s East River and Chile’s Atacama Desert, his projects reveal the invisible systems and forces at play within these sites. Lamson’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Moscow Biennial, MoMA PS1. He has produced site specific installations for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Center For Land Use Interpretation, and Storm King Art Center. A 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Lamson has been awarded grants from the Shifting Foundation and the Experimental Television Center. He earned his MFA from Bard College and teaches in the Parsons MFA photography program and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023

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In the landscape or in a gallery, my projects explore the ecologies of living and non-living systems to reveal their animating forces and material agency. In each of my artworks, I am interested in creating for viewers an expansive and shifting scale of experience, one that can move them between the microcosmic space, in which a material transformation is happening, to the macrocosmic environment, in which both the participant and the artwork exist.”