Sybil Wilson was born in Tulsa, OK in 1923. She studied at the Art Students League in New York with Ernest Fiene and, after having worked as a graphic designer in Connecticut, studied at Yale University with Josef Albers, receiving a BFA in 1954 and an MFA in 1959. Wilson also studied weaving privately with Anni Albers, and worked with her as editor on Anni Albers's 1961 book "On Designing."
Wilson was intrigued with the possibilities of weaving, or intertwining, canvas strips, and happened one day to leave some strips of canvas stretched over another canvas overnight. On looking at the canvas the next day Wilson discovered that because of the humidity in the air the canvas strips had curled at the edges. This chance discovery then became the focus of her painting for many years, with the canvas strips being painted different colors on different sides and along different edges. The strong visual effect of color in her work shows clearly the teachings of Josef Albers.
Wilson herself taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the University of Bridgeport, and exhibited her work in the 1960s and early-1970s, including solo shows at Grand Central Moderns, NYC, in 1962 and 1965, inclusion in the Retinal Art traveling exhibition in 1966, and solo shows at East Hampton Gallery, NY in 1970 and Woods-Gerry Gallery, RISD in 1972. She was awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts "50 Best" award in 1960, and her work is in the collections of New York University, University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts and University of Bridgeport.
Sybil Wilson died in 1997.