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Brian D Collier

Education

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

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

Solo Exhibitions 

2013
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.

2012
Durick Library, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT, "The Collier Classification System for Very Small Objects"

2011
The Anthropogenic Ornithology of North America, University of Colorado Natural History Museum, Boulder, CO

2010
The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN, “The New Birds of New Harmony”

2008
Reimagining the Environment at The University of Kansas: A Society for a Re-Natural Environment Project, Kansas Union Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Teach the Starlings in Kansas City, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2007

The Highway Expedition , Rowland Contemporary Chicago, IL

Very Small Objects: The Topeka, Kansas Collection, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS

 2006
Teach the Starlings , The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN

2005
The Collier Classification System , Stevenson Union Gallery, Southern Oregon University,
Ashland, OR

2004
I'll Have a Starling , The Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

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

2003
Earth and Water, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001
Two Projects , CEPA Gallery (Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art), Buffalo, NY

Rock Collecting Project , Galería Raúl Martínez , Cuban Book Institute, Palacio del Segundo Cabo, Havana, Cuba

Selected Group Exhibitions

Upcoming for 2015
“Eyes on the Land,” to be exhibited in summer 2015 in the contemporary art gallery of the Pizzagalli Center at the Shelburne Museum. I am one of twelve artists invited by The Vermont Land Trust and the Shelburne Museum to create new work based on a yearlong investigation of a Vermont Land Trust site.

2014
The Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, “Picture Books.”

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

2013
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.

2012
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

2011
United Nation Environment Program Exhibition, Bohemian National Hall Gallery, New York, NY

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Facts and Fables: Stories from the Natural World, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation Action, Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center for the Arts and Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX, A three day symposium. My participation includes a site-specific sculptural work installed on campus two months before the event.

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

2008
Feeling the Heat: Artists, Scientists, and Climate Change, Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY

Biodiversity is, KU Natural History Museum, Lawrence, KS

New, Three, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

Conducting Mobility, greenmuseum.org, online exhibition, Curated by Claude Willey and Ryan Griffis

Kansas City Flatfile, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

Locate|Navigate, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO

2007
Say it is't so, Curated by Peter Friese, Guido Boulboullé, Susanne Witzgall
Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Weather Report: Art & Climate Change, Curated by Lucy Lippard, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

Collected, Opensource Art, Champaign, IL

MFA 2007, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

SRNE, Various Projects, part of the MFA group exhibition curated by Deke Weaver, I-Space Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006
Back to Nature , Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA

EARTH , Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

2005
Mind in Matter: Constructions of the Built Environment , OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL

Elements of Scale , Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Collier, Eichron, Picard , The Green Lantern, Around the Coyote Fall Festival, Chicago, IL

The Bird Show, Artist Invitational , California State University Fullerton, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

Huge Detail ( Two person show) , McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL

2004
Lucky Thirteen , Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL

International Environmental Art Exhibition , Hartman Center Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2003
Artists Defend Democracy , Curated by Troy West and Claudia Flynn, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

Art of the Encyclopedic , Curated by Paul Vanouse, Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda, NY

2002
Ejercicios/Laboratorios ( Three person show) , Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba

2001
Artists Defend the Environment , Curated by Troy West and Claudia Flynn, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

2000
Blockbuster , Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY

1999
Small Works Exhibition , Leftbank Gallery, L.L.C, Salt Lake City, UT

Mixed Media , Period Gallery, Omaha, NE

1998
Grand Opening Show , Peepshow Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Selected Professional Activities

Director and Curator of the McCarthy Gallery at Saint Michael's College and the "Time Lounge" video art exhibition series, Colchester, VT

Selection Committee Member for Seven Below Residency, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT

Curatorial Committee Member, Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO

 

Grants and Awards

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

VanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts Grant to host 2 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, 2012.

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

Illinois Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant, 2011

Fauculty Development Grant, 2012, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT

ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, 2008-2009, Kansas City, MO

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

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

Special Assistance Grant, 2003-2004, Illinois Arts Council, A State Agency

Individual Artist Grant, 2003, City of Bloomington Cultural District Commission, Bloomington, 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  

Brodie Fellowship, School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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. Expected publication in 2014.

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

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 Schulkill 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.

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.

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

Invitational Artist Lectures, Panels, and Performances

2014
Panel Presentation, “Eco-Artists & Writers,” University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

2013
Presentation, “Exploiting Unintentional Greening,” in conjunction with the exhibition “Ecologies,” New City Gallerie, Burlington, VT.

2012
Presentation, “Bird Shift: The Anthropogenic Ornithology of North America,” Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

Performance/Presentation, “The Society for A Re-Natural Environment,” Pecha Kucha Night, Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

Presentation, “Noticing, Naming and Displaying Very Small Objects,” Saint Michaels College,       Colchester, VT.

2011
Artist Lecture, in conjunction with “Whale Oil to Whole Foods” exhibition, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sluisaw Model Research Forest, Acra, NY.

Performance/Presentation, “On the Impact of Flying Carp” Singing Bird Nature Center, Rock Island, IL, sponsored by the University of Iowa Art & Art History Department

Presentation, “Art, Birds and the Re-Natural Environment”, University of Colorado Natural History Museum, Boulder, CO

Artist Lecture, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

Artist Lecture, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2010
Multi-Media Presentation, “ Noticing, Naming and Displaying Very Small Objects,” Historic New Harmony, New Harmony, IN, part of The Art of Science lecture series

Performance/Presentation, “ On the Impact of Flying Carp, ” La Esquina, Kansas City, MO

Performance/Presentation, “ On the Impact of Flying Carp, ” Links Hall, Chicago, IL

Multi-Media Presentation, “ The New Birds of New Harmony, ” New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN

Artist Lecture, Southern Indiana University, Evansville, IN

Artist Lecture, Webster University, St. Louis, MO

2009
Performance/Lecture, “ The New Parrots of North America, ” Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Performance/Lecture, “Teach the Starlings,” in conjunction with the exhibition, “Troubles in Paradise,” at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Multi-media Presentation, “The SRNE presents: The Anthropogenic Ornithology of North America,” created for “Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation, Action” symposium, University of Houston, Houston, TX

Performance/Guided Tour, “The New Parrots of North America,” created for “Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation, Action” symposium, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2008
Performance/Lecture, “Python Invasion,” Kansas City Pecha Kucha #1, Bar Natasha, Kansas City, MO

Artist Lecture, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Performance/Lecture, “Teach the Starlings,” Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Performance/Guided Tour, “Locating, Identifying, and Teaching Starlings in Kansas City,” In conjunction with the exhibition, “Teach the Starlings in Kansas City,” Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Gallery Talk, Locate|Navigate, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Artist Lecture, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

2007
Symposium Panel Member, in conjunction with the exhibition "Collected," Opensource Art, Champaign, IL

Video Screening/Lecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

2006
Video Screening/Lecture, Moving Image Class, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Performance/Lecture, "Teach the Starlings," Image Studio Class, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Artist Lecture, MFA Seminar, "Collecting and the Archive," Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Performance/Lecture, "Teach the Starlings," College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN

Artist Lecture, Visiting Artist Seminar, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2004
Symposium Panel member, In conjunction with the exhibition "Millennium Artists," Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL

Artist Lecture, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

 2001
Artist Lecture, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Teaching

2011-current
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts: Art, Saint Michael's Colleg, Colchester, VT

2010
Adjunct Faculty, Sculpture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2007-2009
Instructor, Interdisciplinary Art Department & Sculpture Department
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2005-2007
Teaching Assistant, School of Art & Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

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.

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