Brian D Collier:  Artist, Educator, Re-Naturalist



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Solo Exhibitions



▫New City Gallerie, Burlington, VT, “Ecologies,” my work was featured in the main gallery. Thematically related work by other artists was shown in the galleries peripheral exhibition spaces.



▫Durick Library, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, “The Collier Classification System for Very Small Objects.”



▫The University of Colorado Natural History Museum, Boulder, CO, “Bird Shift: The Anthropogenic Ornithology of North America.”

▫“Bus Birding”: a commissioned public art project on Boulder County public buses and at selected bus stops. The project was accompanied by a series of related public events hosted by EcoArts Connections, Boulder County, CO.



▫The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN, “The New Birds of New Harmony.”



▫Kansas Union Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, “Reimagining the Environment at The University of Kansas.”

 ▫Paragraph Gallery, Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO, “Teach the Starlings in Kansas City.”



▫Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL, “The Highway Expedition.”

 ▫Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS, “Very Big Show about Very Small Objects.”



▫The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN, “Teach the Starlings.”



▫Stevenson Union Gallery, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, “The Collier Classification System.”



▫The Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO, “I’ll Have a Starling.”

 ▫CSPS Gallery, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA, “Very Small Objects:  A New System of Classification.”



▫Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Earth and Water.”



▫CEPA Gallery (Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art), Buffalo, NY, “Two Projects.”


▫Galería Raúl Martínez, Cuban Book Institute, Palacio del Segundo Cabo, Havana, Cuba

 “Rock Collecting Project.”


Selected Group Exhibitions



▫National Climate and Atmospheric Research Center, UCAR Center for Science Education Gallery, Boulder, CO, “EcoArts Connections: History of Visual Arts in Boulder.”


▫ Billings Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, “Monarch Release,” new original work consisting of a performance and installation for the event “Sixth Extinction Café.”



▫ Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT, “Systems, Cycles and Floating Goats”” a new project commissioned for the “Eyes on the Land” exhibition.



▫The Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, “Picture Books.”


▫Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR, “Curios and Curiosities.”



▫Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT, “Of Land and Local.”


▫Butter Projects, Royal Oaks, MI, “The Order of Things.”


▫Dolan Center Art Gallery, Friends Academy, Locust Valley, NY, “Very Small Objects/Selective Unveiling,” a two-person exhibition.



▫Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Center’s Sluisaw Model Forest, “From Whale Oil to Whole Foods,” a three-site exhibition hosted by Greene County Council On The Arts.



▫Schuylkill Environmental Education Center, “Facts and Fables: Stories from the Natural World” Philadelphia, PA.


▫Platform, an exhibition space sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, “micro-topologies.”



▫ United Nations Environment Program Exhibition, Bohemian National Hall Gallery, New York, NY, “Subtantialis Corporis Mixti.”


▫ArtSites Gallery, Riverhead, NY, “Bird Shift.”


▫The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, “Connectivity Lost.”


▫McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL, “The Backyard.”



▫Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center for the Arts and Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX, “Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation Action”: A three day symposium. My participation includes a site-specific sculptural work installed on campus, a multi-media presentation and performative guided tour.


▫ Missouri State University Art & Design Gallery, Springfield, MO, “Troubles in Paradise.”



▫Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY, "Feeling the Heat: Artists, Scientists, and Climate Change."


▫H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO, “New, Three.”


▫KU Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, “Biodiversity is.”


▫H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO, “Kansas City Flatfile.”


▫La Esquina, Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO, “Locate | Navigate.”


▫Online exhibition:, “Conducting Mobility,” curated by Claude Willey and Ryan Griffis.



▫Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany, “Say It Isn’t So,” curated by Peter Friese, Guido Boulboullé, Susanne Witzgall.


▫Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO, “Weather Report: Art & Climate Change,” curated by Lucy Lippard.


▫Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL, “MFA 2007.”


▫I-Space Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Dookie,” curated by Deke Weaver.


▫OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL, “Collected.”



▫Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA, “Back to Nature.”


▫Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, “EARTH.”


Publications as Author and Published Interviews


▫ MIT/Whitechapel Press, selection from “The Collier Classification System for Very Small Objects,” included in The Object, Documents of Contemporary Art, edited by Antony Hudek. May 2014. 153-154.


▫ Cover artist and contributing author (text and images) of “Why Do Flying Carp Jump,” for Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas #16. 2013. 244-254.


▫Published interview by Jeremy Beaudry for “Nature Study, An Ambivalent Guide,” printed booklet created for “Facts and Fables: Stories of The Natural World” at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA, 2011. 36-39.


▫Selections from “The Collier Classification System for Very Small Objects,” by Brian Collier, Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas #8, 2005. 178-185.


Books and Exhibition Catalogues


▫ Thames & Hudson Publishers, inclusion of my project “The Highway Expedition” and a quote from my artist statement in Art & Ecology Now by Andrew Brown. June 2014. 112-113.


▫Environmental Anthropology, Ed. Helen Kopina and Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet. “Requiem for Roadkill: Death and Denial on America’s Roads,” 46-57, by Jane Desmond, includes extended discussion of my project Roadkill Shrines. Routledge Press.


▫Subtantialis Corporis Mixti, Exhibition Catalog, Mark Cevenka, Curator, Published by The United Nations Enviroment Program & the Czech Center of New York.


▫Say It Isn't So : Naturwissenschaften im Vissier der Kunst / Art Trains its Sights on the Natural Sciences. Ed. Peter Friese, Guido Boulboulle, and Susanne Wittzgall. *“In the Laboratory of Doubt: Six Chapters on the Subject of Art and Science / Im Laboratorium des Zweifels: Sechs Kapitel zum Thema Kunst und Wissenschaft”: Section III, 22-25. By Peter Friese.

In English and German.    Weserberg: Museum fur moderne Kunst, 2007.

*“Kunstlerinnen und Kunstler, Artists” / “Brian Collier.” 116-121.


▫Weather Report: Art and Climate Change. Ed. Kirsten Gerdes. Essays by Lucy Lippard, Stephanie Smith and Andrew C. Rivkin. Published by The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.


▫Schieffelin! by Kevin Sharp. Published by The College of St. Catherine for the exhibition, “Teach the Starlings,” 2006.

▫American Democracy Under Siege, Exhibition Catalog, Claudia Flynn and Troy West, Curators. 2003


▫Art of the Encyclopedic, Exhibition Catalog, Paul Vanouse, Curator. 2002.


Grants and Awards


▫Tenure Advancement, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, 2015


▫VanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts Grant to host three McCarthy Gallery exhibitions, Art Faculty Exhibition, Angus McCullough and Tanya Chally, 2016


▫VanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts Grant to host two McCarthy Gallery exhibitions, Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross and John Devlin, 2015


▫Faculty Development Expense Defrayment Grant, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, 2014


▫VanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts Grant to host two McCarthy Gallery exhibitions, Darlene Charneco & Ryan Thompson, 2014


▫Junior Faculty Summer Research Stipend, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, 2013


▫VanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts Grant for Kristen Letts Kovak’s McCarthy Gallery exhibition, 2013


▫Faculty Development Grant, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT,



▫VanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts Grant for Linda Weintraub Lecture 2011


▫Illinois Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant, 2011


▫Faculty Development Grant, 2008-2009, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.


▫ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, 2008-2009, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, MO.


▫Faculty Development Grant, 2007-2008, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.


▫Special Assistance Grant, 2003-2004, Illinois Arts Council.


▫Individual Artist Grant, 2003, City of Bloomington Cultural District Commission, IL.


▫Winner, Sixth Annual Emerging Artists Competition, 2001, Center for Exploratory and                                Perceptual Art (CEPA), Buffalo, NY.


▫New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Special Opportunity Stipend, Given in cooperation  with the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, 2000-2001.


Selected Bibliography


“St. Michael's College professor, artist advocates for 'invasivores',” by Joel Baird, Burlington Free Press, Oct. 14, 2013


“Show Explores Man and Nature,” by Susan Campriello, The Daily Mail, July 9, 2012.


"Art of Flight,” by Pamela Poston, Seven Days, November 23, 2011.


“Facts and Fables mixes Sculpture with an outdoor stroll”, Edith Newhall, Philadelphia Enquirer, July 17, 2011.


”Jump Aboard for ‘Bus Birding’ in Boulder,” Joe Prentice, Daily Camera, August 3, 2011.


“Water: Social Issues and Contemporary Art Education” by Angela Cornelius, Ernie Sherow, and B. Stephen Carpenter. Art Education, November 2010, Volume 63, No. 6. 26-27.


“Nature in the City” Domus, February 2010.


“Brian Collier at Paragraph” review by Alice Thorson. Art in America, October 2008. 198.


“Old Birds, New Birds” by Tracy Abeln, Review: Mid-America’s Visual Arts Publication, May 5,   2009.


"Brian Collier at Paragraph," review by Alice Thorson. Art in America.October 2008. 198.


"They Practice What They Teach," by Nick Malewski. The Kansas City Star. Thursday, September 2008. 33-34.


“Global Warnings,” by Suzaan Boettger. Art in America , June/July 2008. 154-161, 206-207 : 161, 207.


“Wings of Change: Training Birds for Continent-wide Sound Installation,” by Jessica Owings. Review, June 2008. 20-23.


“Animal Imagery Showing Up in Contemporary Art,” by Alice Thorson. The Kansas City Star. Sunday, May 4, 2008.


“The Artists in Locate | Navigate Find Their Way Everywhere,” by Dana Self. The Pitch , February 28, 2008 .


"Looking for Inspiration in the Melting Ice," by Claire Dederer. The New York Times, Arts & Leisure, Sunday, September 23, 2007. 35.


"Mocking Bard," by Rachel McCrystal. Orion: Nature / Culture / Place 26.4, July / August 2007. 8-10.


"Atmospheric Art: EcoArts' "Weather Report" project brings together art, science and environmental activism,". by Vince Darcangelo. Boulder Daily Camera, Friday section, Sept. 14, 2007.


"Schieffelin!" by Kevin Sharp. Published by The College of St. Catherine for the exhibition Teach the Starlings , 2006


 "Birds of a Feather Talk Together," by Bonnie Obremski, The Berkshire Eagle , June 25, 2006 , Section B, 1 & 5.


"Brian Collier: Probing the Overlooked," by Steve Arney, The Pantagraph , Features, October 10, 2004.


"Worlds of Information: Art of the Encyclopedic," by Kristin Gallagher, Afterimage , July/August 2003. 13.


"Time in a Bottle," by Fred Camper, Chicago Reader , March 21, 2003. Section one, 20 & 23.


"Know It All," by Richard Huntington, The Buffalo News , "Gusto," March 21, 2003.


"Obscure and Compulsive at the Carnegie," Artvoice , March 13, 2003.


"Art of the Encyclopedic," Exhibition Catalog, Paul Vanouse, Curator


"Two Projects," by Kristin Gallagher, Art Papers Magazine , May/June 2002. 44.


"Diggin' in the Dirt," "How Many Cubic Inches Does It Take to Make a Planet?," "What's in the Water?...or.When was the Water Ever Water?," three interconnected reviews by Kristin Gallagher, Verdure No. 5/6 , February 2002. 146-148.




2007 ▫M.F.A., Studio Art, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1993 ▫B.F.A. Sculpture, State University of New York at Buffalo





▫Associate Professor of Fine Arts: Art, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT



▫Adjunct Faculty, Art & Design, Sculpture, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign



▫Full-Time Instructor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sculpture, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO



▫Full-Time Instructor, Interdisciplinary Arts, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO



▫Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign