Biography

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Liz Collins is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. She reimagines traditional textile techniques to create non-conventional art objects, interior textiles and installations. Employing a range of natural to synthetic materials, incorporating vivid colors, dynamic patterns, emphasizing textures and inventive structures, Collins enjoys pushing the limits and doing the unexpected across the spectrum of textile media.  She has had solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum at Skidmore, College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Heller Gallery, New York, NY; the Textile Arts Center, New York, NY; AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; AS220 in Providence, RI;  and at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY;  the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY;  the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY; and the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI among others.

Liz received a BFA and MFA in Textiles at RISD in 1991 and 1999. Upon graduating from RISD with her MFA, she launched her own knitwear focused fashion label with a runway presentation in New York during fashion week. She spent the following four years growing her company, designing, producing, showing, and selling clothing for the international designer market at stores such as Barneys and Kirna Zabete.

In 2003 Liz joined the RISD Textiles faculty, during which time she moved into making art and consulting/ design development for other brands. Her fashion label shifted into a project based endeavor, with occasional forays into capsule collections. In 2013, Collins left her faculty position at RISD in order to more fully pursue her art and design career. She now teaches part time at SAIC in Chicago, and functions as a lecturer and visiting artist at many art and design schools.

Liz has received many awards and accolades, including a United States Artist Target Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and a CeCArtsLink Grant that supported her producing a KNITTING NATION performance/ installation in Zagreb, Croatia with Queer Zagreb. Liz has done residencies at Haystack, Yaddo, Occidental College, AIR Alaska, and the Museum of Arts and Design.

Most recent works can be viewed on Instagram here: #lizcollinsstudio

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