Brian D Collier: Artist, Educator, Re-Naturalist
Brian Collier's projects, installations, and public interventions range across a wide variety of media, including websites, video, sculpture, photography, drawing, artist's books, and performance. Through this diverse practice he focuses on ways in which elements of the non-human natural world exist, or have reinserted themselves, in severely human-altered habitats. Through his projects, he disseminates information about these sites, often proposing strategies to re-evaluate the weedy margins of the human-dominated landscape. He is Founder and President of The Society for a Re-Natural Environment and Creator / Head Archivist of The Collier Classification System for Very Small Objects Master Collection.
Collier's work has appeared widely in solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad. A partial list of venues include: BCA Center in Burlington, VT; Power Plant Gallery at Duke University; Deutsche Bank's 60 Wall Gallery in NY;, Neues Museum Weserberg Bremen, in Bremen, Germany; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL; Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA; Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Galería Raúl Martínez, Havana, Cuba. He has received grants from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Illinois Arts Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Bloomington Cultural District Commission .
Reviews and articles about Collier's work have appeared in a variety of publications, among them Art in America, The New York Times, Afterimage, Art Papers Magazine, Domus, The Chicago Reader, Orion: Nature/ Culture/ Place, and The Burlington Free Press. His work is also included in the books: Art & Ecology Now from Thames & Hudson Press, The Object from MIT/Whitechapel Press, Weather Report: Art & Climate Change edited by Lucy Lippard and Say It Isn't So : Naturwissenschaften im Vissier der Kunst / Art Trains its Sights on the Natural Sciences (Weserberg: Museum für moderne Kunst).
Collier earned his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Collier was born in Bay Shore, NY in 1970. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.