B.F.A. Suny at Buffalo
Areas of Expertise:
Sculpture/3D/Site-Specific Art, Digital Imaging, Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design, Ecological Art, Digital Video and Interdisciplinary Art. I am particularly interested in research-based artworks that traverse traditional disciplinary boundaries while retaining a strong connection to foundational fine art production.
Courses I Teach:
- Digital Imaging
- Sculpture: Subject and Object
- Sculpture: Site and Installation
- Art & Ecology
- Fine Woodworking Design and Construction
- Digital Video Art
- Junior Studio
- Senior Studio
My Saint Michael's:
As an interdisciplinary artist with a background in sculpture, furniture design and fine woodworking I am committed to teaching our students how to develop strong technical skills, be highly experimental and explore the many ways visual art intersects with other disciplines. Objects, images and designs produced by artists are found everywhere, not just in galleries and museums. Artists have a unique perspective into the complex visual and spatial environments we live and work in because we don’t just analyze them, we produce them. Teaching students at a Liberal Arts College provides amazing opportunities to further the understanding of how art and design intersect with, and contribute to, culture and society. I am also able to connect our students to professional artists in my role as curator of the McCarthy Art Gallery.
My artist website: briandcollier.net.
Brian Collier's interdisciplinary projects range across a wide variety of media, including websites, video, sculpture, photography, drawing, artist's books, installation 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 Taxonomic Architect/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: Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, VT; Power Plant Gallery at Duke University; BCA Center, Burlington, VT; 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; University of Houston, TX; Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado Boulder; Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA; University of Southern Oregon; 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 New England, Art Papers Magazine, Domus, The Chicago Reader, Orion: Nature/ Culture/ Place, Buffalo News 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, Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science and Everyday Life by Jane Desmond and Say It Isn't So: 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.