Wilma Parker is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program, The American Society of Marine Artists, Tailhook, and the Salmagundi Club of New York City. She was awarded the George Gray Prize, Coast Guard Art Program, Salmagundi Club, 1994. In 2009, she was included in the Robert Rauschenberg Tribute Show, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, Texas.
She has shown at and has work included in The National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida; Rotunda, House of Representatives, Washington D.C.; National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Distinguished Women in Marine Art, Mystic Maritime Museum, Mystic Connecticut; USS Coast Guard Twentieth Annual Show, Salmagundi Club, New York City; Los Angeles Maritime Museum; San Diego Maritime Museum; International Society of Marine Artists, Camden, Maine; Naval Air Station, Alameda, Aviation Museum; USCG Exhibition, South Battery Club, Governor’s Island, New York; award presented by Admiral J.W. Kime; Commonwealth Club of San Francisco; Nautilus Memorial, Groton, Connecticut; Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut; Mid-Atlantic Maritime Museum; Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.