Biography

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Liz Collins is a New York City-based artist and designer.

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.

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 Pratt Institute and SAIC in Chicago, and functions as a lecturer and visiting artist at many art and design schools.

Liz’s solo exhibitions have been at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY; Heller Gallery and the Textile Arts Center in New York City; AMP Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts; AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island; and at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee.

Her project, KNITTING NATION, and other pieces and projects have been shown at the following New York City Museums: the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Museum of F.I.T. , the  Museum of Arts and Design, and MoMA. Other exhibition venues include the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York; and the ICA Boston. 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, and AIR Alaska.

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

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