Brent Wilson joined Penn State's faculty in 1974 as a professor of art education as well as head of the art education program in the School of Visual Arts. The Brent Wilson papers reflect his participation in implementing national art education policies and document his service as an administrator and scholarly work on children in art education. Wilson served as the head of the art education area of the University of Iowa for twelve years beginning in 1962. He joined the faculty at Penn State in 1974 where he served as professor of art education, as well as head of the art education program in the School of Visual Arts. He received great praise for his work with children in art education.