Chris Wildrick

School of Art

Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Studio Arts
Associate Professor

Chris Wildrick portrait.

359 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244-1180


Chris Wildrick is a conceptual, performance, and systems-based artist, which at the moment means he makes charts about dinosaurs and dresses up like comic book characters.

His current academic research focuses on the strengths of cosplay and other parts of geek culture as generous, innovative, grassroots creative activities that have an emphasis on strong craft and rhetorical skills while remaining accessible to everyone. He has shown, performed, and talked about his work all over the world, from New York to Chile to Estonia to New Zealand. He has presented his work on dinosaur aesthetics at venues such as Chicago’s Field Museum and Ithaca’s Museum of the Earth.

Wildrick is a world-class debater and wiki-writer about comics, a novice light saber duelist, andma moderately good destroyer of tiny plastic space ships. He won a Marvel No-Prize for his overly-convoluted theories about the Molecule Man, and spent several years as a semi-professional comics organizer.

Wildrick full CV [Word}


  • M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., Williams College


Conceptual, performance, and systems-based art, in particular as they relate to geek culture and dinosaur aesthetics.

Wildrick often uses media such as charts, books, cosplay, performance, conversations, and writing.

Courses Taught

  • Cosplay
  • Artists Who Write
  • Fluxercise
  • Workshops in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Time Arts
  • Text in Art
  • Life and Data
  • First-year Arts in Context
  • Second-year Studio
  • Illustration Graduate Research seminar on pre-thesis writing
  • Studio Art Graduate Thesis-writing
  • First-year Honors Orientation Seminar, Honors program
  • Visiting Artist Lecture Series