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Canadian painter, Chris Willcox was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She earned BFA degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design, University of Guelph and earned her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2000, to accept a position at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she is a tenured professor in the Art and Art History department. 

Her work has been shown at galleries in the U.S. and Canada, most recently, in the MAEP galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Phipps Center for the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council Grants, and in 2013/14, A Howard Foundation Fellowship in painting and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.