Anne Willson was born in Wilmington, NC. Although she started in the arts as a potter, she shifted into the nonprofit arts sector in 1989 and worked with nonprofits for over twenty-seven years in North Carolina and Tennessee, maintaining a side art practice. She was first exposed to sculptural weaving at a MassArts workshop in Bennington VT in 2009. In 2016 she shifted her work within the nonprofit sector, returned to North Carolina, and returned to art making. Today, Willson works out of a studio in downtown Raleigh, exhibits across the state, and teaches the random weave process in multiple locations. Most recently she developed a site-specific wall installation for the NC State University Crafts Center and has been invited to present solo exhibitions in 2019 (Louisburg NC) and 2020 (Rocky Mount NC).