Carol Wilder, a native of Dallas, Texas, received a B.F.A. degree from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. She completed graduate work in painting at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas with Master of Arts degree followed by a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 1977 Carol studied painting with Janet Fish and Alex Katz in the summer program, Blossom-Kent Art Workshop at Kent State University in Ohio. She taught art classes in the Dallas County Community District for 13 years. Carol Wilder met with an untimely death February 12, 2004.
Larry Enge relocated to Dallas in 1975 from his home town of Gary, Indiana. Prior to relocating he studied art at Indiana University in their B.F.A. program. The summer of 1969 was spent at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where the late Jacob Lawrence was part of the staff.
Carol Wilder and Larry Enge were married to one another for almost 22 years. They began working as a collaborative team in the Summer of 1994. They shared a philosophical outlook and religious faith that transcended their difference in artistic style and racial and cultural heritage.
Wilder and Enge have had solo exhibits at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Galveston Art Center; Longview Museum of Fine Art; Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas; Irving Arts center and Dallas Visual Art Center. They have curated three exhibits of works by collaborative teams of artists in Dallas, Irving and Houston, Texas. In 1995 they exhibited in a group show in Galerie Art Present in Paris, France. In 1996 they were part of the Southwest 96 exhibition hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts in Sante Fe.
They were profiled in a Dallas Morning News article written by Bill Marvel, "Creative Collaboration". Their work is represented in the Belo Foundation Collection of Texas Artists and they recently completed a major commission of two large scale canvases for the Texas Association of Broadcasters in Austin, Texas. Other commissions include a portrait of William Grant Still for the William Grant Still Music Foundation. The portait is reproduced on the cover of "Volume I: Arias for Soprano and Mezzo Soprano".
Carol Wilder taught Design II at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. Larry Enge has taught figure drawing at the Creative Art Center in Dallas, Texas through January of 2004.
Other events, activities and projects Wilder and Enge have participated in are: