Apr 26, 2019
Wendy Wilson-Gibson
Bonita Museum and Cultural Center Executive Director

As a professional arts administrator Wendy Wilson-Gibson has extensive experience in media communications and non-profit arts management.  From concept to final product Wendy enjoys collaborating with private collectors, clients, non-profits, and museums to conceptualize exhibitions and explore visitor experience and immersive experiences. As an artist she has studied and worked as a practicing artist in new media arts focused on the intersections of art and science as well as data collection and display. As a curator, she has conceptualized, funded, and produced multi-media installations and exhibitions exploring contemporary, new media, and theory-based subject matter as well as exhibitions exploring the history of personal collections and the relationships involved in art creation.

Wendy received her Bachelors Degree in Radio, Television, and Film with an emphasis in Studio and Art Theory from California State University, Fresno. She began her career in broadcast media producing radio and television programming. She moved to Los Angeles to work the entertainment circuit as a national demographics writer in the creative department of 20th Century Fox Studios, she wrote pilots under the direction of Barry Diller, Stephen Chao, Brian Graden, and Scott St. John.  Before this Wendy was Associate Producing for Jonathan Goodson at Mark Goodson Productions. Charity work in Los Angeles included publicity director for Los Angeles Friends of Tibet and community programming at KPFK, Pacifica Los Angeles.

Wendy has always enjoyed working in multimedia event coordination, promoting music and performance groups from experimental to international.  Music production includes working for Darla Records, Vista CA.; Station Manager at KFCF Fresno, a Pacifica commercial free radio station run by the non-profit Fresno Free College Foundation.  

Wendy enjoys fundraising for worthy causes including supporting local arts agencies and local art groups.  She has fundraised for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, museums, and historical societies.  She has worked with charitable foundations like the Niki de Saint Phalle Charitable Art Foundation and Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation.  

Currently Wendy is the Executive Director of The Bonita Historical Society which operates the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC). The museum is located in the idyllic Sweetwater Valley, easily accessible from the 805 or 54 freeway in South Bay, San Diego.  The museum hosts ten exhibitions per year relating to the history of San Diego South Bay, as well as highlighting the artwork of local and regional artists.  Currently the museum is hosting the National Sculpture Society based in New York and their Southern California member sculptors including MehlLawson, Mark Edward Adams, D.L. Engle, and Adam Matano.  These artists receive national recognition for their large scale public sculpture of animals.

The BMCC also has a gallery devoted year around to the history of the Sweetwater Valley.  The outdoor area of the museum is home to Imperial Beach collective Art Kids of San Diego who host “Art in the Museum” days every second and fourth Saturday.  The patio is also home to a fire truck play structure designed by artist Anna Stump as well as an archeological pit to recover artifacts from early San Diego.