Alison Collins lives and works in New York City. Her sculpture and installations have been exhibited nationally, most notably at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, South Carolina State Museum, Bronx River Arts Center, Azarian-McCullough Art Gallery at St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Chashama. Collins holds degrees from Tulane University and Louisiana State University. She has taught sculpture at Tulane University, Louisiana State University, College of Charleston, and Penland School of Crafts. Collins currently teaches Art History at Bronx Community College/CUNY.
EXHIBITIONS Chashama Windows, 266 37th Street, NYC, October 2009 Installation of in statu nascendi. Providence Art Windows, Providence, RI, Dec 2008-Mar.2009 Installation of in statu nascendi. Alizarin McCullough Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 2007. An installation of 100 steel nests, in statu nascendi. Hans Weiss New Space Gallery, Manchester CT, March 2006. The Love Show, a 32 foot by 10 foot steel wool wallpaper installation. Penland School of Craft, Penland, North Carolina, 2005. Enclosed Within, a show of sculptural containers and vessels. Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, New York May 2004 Apogee, Sculpture installation. Magar Hatworks, Charleston, SC, 2003 Hostile Love, Window installation held for the duration of the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 2001 Exhibited Lovesnotlovesnot a fifty by twenty-five-foot installation made entirely of steel wool incorporating the wall and floor space of the gallery. The South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, 1999-00 100 Years 100 Artists featured 100 artists who lived and worked in South Carolina. Randolph Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 1999 Potent Figures, an exhibition by four artists who confront issues of the figure in their artwork. Historic Sloss Foundry, Birmingham, AL, 1999 Outdoor exhibition of sculpture in cast iron and steel. Wren House at Clemson Botanical Garden, Clemson, SC, 1999 The Wren House is an ongoing collaboration amongst artists, architects and designers in South Carolina. William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, VA, 1998 Human Habit an exhibition of garment inspired sculpture. South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, 1998 Triennial an art exhibit featuring selected artists who live and work in South Carolina. City Gallery, Charleston, SC, 1997-98 Exhibited Short of Breath an exhibition including glass and steel cameos, a ten foot tall steel domed skirt, and a steel corset with a motorized inflating fabric interior. City Arts Series at Nations Bank Plaza, Columbia, SC,1997 In-Flux exhibition curated by the South Carolina Arts Commission focused on the work of seven artists new to the state. Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC, 1997 Exhibition Hot Under the Collar a series of steel collars, steel feather boa, steel and latex dress, and an eighteen foot long steel curtain. Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, 1996 Exhibited Alison Collins, a collection of steel garments Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA, 1995 Exhibited Project Veil featured a collection of steel garments including a farthingale dress with live plants growing out of the hips, and steel evening gloves. BIBLIOGRAPHY The New York Times (CT), Sunday April 9, 2006, "Love without Make-up," article by Benjamin Genocchio. Gambit Weekly, July 3, 2001, New Orleans, LA, "Otherworldly Loves," article by D. Eric Bookhardt. The Times Picayune, Friday July 6, 2001, New Orleans, LA, "One Note Wonders," article by D. McCash. The Post and Courier, Thursday, November 20, 1997, "Art Preview," article by Frank Martin. The State, Sunday, October 5, 1997, Columbia, SC, "A New View," article by Jeffrey Day. The Post and Courier, Thursday, March 20, 1997, Charleston, SC, "Contemporary vs classical in two new shows," article by Nicholas Drake. The State, March 1997, Columbia, SC, March 1997 article by Jeffrey Day. The Gambit, August 29, 1995, New Orleans, LA, "Some Summer Trance-Formations," article by Eric T. Bookhardt. Under the Oaks, Spring 1995, New Orleans, LA, cover photo of "Exposed." AWARDS & HONORS Faculty Research and Development Grant, College of Charleston, 1999 Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Charleston, 1998 Outstanding Feminist Thesis Award, Louisiana State University, 1996 Class of 1914 Art Award, Tulane University, 1988 TEACHING Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bronx Community College/City University of New York, 2004-Present Instruction of nine credit hours per semester of Introduction to Art a survey from prehistory to present. Instructor, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, summer 2005 Steeling from Textiles, a two week intense workshop in the iron studio with 12 students. Full-time Instructor, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 1996-1999 Instructed all levels of undergraduate Sculpture and Introductory Drawing. Managed foundry, welding shop, wood shop, kilns, and portable equipment. Developed and maintained sculpture slide library, which included photographing student's work and works of 20th C. sculptors. Advised students. Served on College of Charleston's Halsey Gallery curatorial committee. Curated Pop-Luxe, a multi-venued exhibition including artists: Regina Frank, Jessica Larson, Christine LoFaso, Gene Pool, and Martha Posner. Instructor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1995-1996 Instructed graduate seminar in sculpture, all levels of undergraduate sculpture, and Fundamentals of Art. Instructor, L.S.U. Studies Abroad Program in Paris, France, 1996 Instructed Twentieth-century Art History Survey, Drawing I, and toured students to pertinent art-historical sites in Paris and Northern France. Adjunct Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1993- 1995 Instructed all levels of undergraduate Sculpture. Maintained welding area, foundry, wood shop, and hand-held tools. Coordinated duties for graduate assistants. Instructor, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, 1994-1995 Instructor of the weekend children's workshop. Developed and taught studio art projects which incorporated themes from current museum exhibits for children ages 5-12. Instructor of Record in Sculpture, L. S. U., Baton Rouge,1992-93 Planned and instructed Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design. Monitored foundry, welding shop, and wood shop as graduate student. Teaching Assistant, L.S.U. Studies in Paris, France, 1992 Lectured on Modern European Sculpture and Painting and toured students to relevant sites in Paris. Teaching Assistant, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1990-1992 Assisted instruction Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design I and II. EDUCATION Louisiana State University, M.A., History of Art, Baton Rouge, 1996 Louisiana State University, M.F.A., Sculpture, Baton Rouge, 1993 Tulane University, B.F.A., Studio Art, Painting, New Orleans, 1988 REFERENCES Dr. Ruth Bass, Chairperson, Department of Art and Music, Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY 10453, (718) 289-5341 Alan Gilbert, Editor, caa.reviews, College Art Association, 275 Seventh Ave., NYC,10001, (212) 691-1051 Mark Sloan, Director and Senior Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, School of the Arts, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424, telephone: (843) 953-7891 Herb Parker, Professor, Sculpture, School of the Arts/Studio Art, College of Charleston, 66 George Street Charleston, SC 29424, telephone: (843) 953-8213