Sheilah (Wilson) Restack

Sheilah (Wilson) Restack

Associate Professor
Chair of Studio Art
Position Type
- Present

Sheilah (Wilson) ReStack was born in Caribou River, Nova Scotia. She earned a BA at Mount Allison University in English/French (1999), BFA in Photography at NSCAD University (2002) and MFA Studio Arts at Goldsmiths College (2004).

ReStack has exhibited her work nationally in Canada and the US, as well as England, New Zealand and Israel. Awards include CBC Aural Recall winner (2002), Nova Scotia Talent Trust recipient (2002-4), Creative Capital Foundation Scholarship (2007), Canada Council Travel Grant (2008), Denison University Research Funding (2010, 2013), Banff Center thematic residency scholarship with Adam Chodzko (2011) and Canada Council Project Grant (2012, 2015). ReStack’s work has been commissioned for the Museum of Fine Arts of Santa Fe, Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, OSU Urban Art Spaces, W(here) festival in Pictou County, Columbia College Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Ross Creek Center for the Arts, Confederation Arts Centre and others. ReStack was the winner of Judy Chicago’s Through the Flower Foundation ‘Feminists Under Forty’ competition in 2008, and her work continues to investigate the potential for feminism, empowerment, queer desire and images that propose new narrative structures.

Most recently she has collaborated with her partner, Dani (Leventhal) ReStack, on video and photographic installation work. Their collaborative video, Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (SOTD) was premiered at the Whitney Biennial in 2017. Their collaborative installation Stack for Carrington’s Hyena, at Iceberg Projects and Columbus Museum of Art was recently reviewed in Artforum (2017), and was the impetus for their name change. ReStack’s are currently working on a video titled Future From Inside (FFI).

B.A., Mount Allison University; B.F.A., NSCAD University, Nova Scotia; M.F.A., Goldsmiths College, London


Professor Wilson joined the Art Department faculty at Denison in Fall 2009. Her photographic, video, social practice and performance work is interested in narrative and how to create ruptures in our understandings of narrative.