Artist Statement: “The Walk” was created during a time in Renee's life when struggles and trying times manifested itself in the loss of her mobility. With the painful reality that she may not be able to walk again, she stood strong in her faith and with perseverance and prayer she accomplished her goal of moving forward, one step at a time! She imagines that in a “just world”, all people with disabilities will be accommodated, included, valued, and loved.
Deaconess Renee Wilson is a native of Louisville, KY, but after retiring she also made NKY her home. She has served two Kentucky churches as a devoted Church Secretary/Clerk and Sunday School Teacher. She was honored as a Hometown Hero in Louisville, KY for her Bus stop Ministry where for years she purchased and gave out hats, gloves, and scarves to keep homeless community members and riders warm in the winter and cold bottled water to help folk stay hydrated and cool in hot/warm months. For decades she has served and gives back to our communities as a Missionary and she has always gladly served as the Neighborhood Mom & Friendly Neighbor who checks on, assists, and helps neighbors feel welcome & loved. In 2007 Renee earned the Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry presented by Poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry. Meet disability justice artist Renee Wilson!