Albert Leon Wilson

Al Wilson is considered to be the first artist to exploit the steel I-beam as an art material.  Active in the Rochester art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s, Wilson was a member of the Arena artists’ group and also maintained a gallery on Park Avenue in Rochester.

Originally a commercial artist, he was inspired to become a sculptor as a result of photographing another Rochester metal sculptor, Carl Zollo.  Wilson began to exhibit at MAG’s Clothesline Festival in 1964, and over the next several decades his work entered important public and private collections, including that of Nelson Rockefeller.