Anne Wallace grew up in a Texas ranching family and worked in Central Mexico and on the US/Mexico border for 15 years. During that time, she co-founded the Refugee Assistance Council of Laredo, Texas, to provide legal representation to asylum seekers in detention, and helped develop Amnesty International’s Refugee Program and Women and Human Rights Program.
Wallace's videos, installations and public projects draw on both human rights and art practices. They are often community based, incorporating multiple perspectives on culture and history through the use of personal narrative. Many of her works engage the border and the American West, examining issues of representation, authenticity and myth. From carving salvaged 'street trees' with a chainsaw to the urban park commissions, the relationship between people and the environment has been an underlying theme in her work.
Wallace has exhibited in the United States, Mexico and Northern Ireland and is in the collections of the Museo Alameda Smithsonian (now Texas A&M Cultural Center), the City of San Antonio, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, the City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Her experimental documentaries, El Otro Lado and Un Mundo Raro, have been shown at film festivals and art museums across the U.S., in Mexico and India.