CCS Names New Chair of Master of Fine Arts Program


DETROIT —The College for Creative Studies has appointed Sally Erickson Wilson as associate professor and chair of its new Master of Fine Arts degree program in color and materials design.

Prior to joining the CCS, Erickson Wilson was design manager at Johnson Controls where she was responsible for leading the North American fabric design team. Erickson Wilson began designing interior color and material proposals for Peugeot and Citroën brands at Peugeot S.A. in Paris, France. She then went on to Ghia SpA in Turin, Italy, where she worked on several concept vehicles including the Ford Focus and the Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale.

The college’s color and materials design program is the first master’s program of its kind in the nation and focuses on the use of color, new materials, finishes and processes in various design applications. CCS created the program in response to the growing need for qualified specialists in color and materials in a wide range of industries.

As chair of the program, Erickson Wilson will be responsible for the oversight and evolution of the graduate curriculum and will educate students to develop an eye for color differentiation, materials craftsmanship and quality assessment with the highest professional standards.

Erickson Wilson also has served as a color and materials consultant for Tata Technologies, Chris Bangle Associates of Torino, Italy, and Global Auto Systems Inc. in Seoul, Korea. Wilson was an adjunct faculty member at CCS from 2005 – 2011 where she taught design theory and history of modern among other courses.

Erickson Wilson received her BA in textile design at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England. After earning a postgraduate diploma in marketing at Kingston University in Surrey, she received her master’s degree in Textile Design from the Royal College of Art in London.