Paul Collins

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a diarist artist and I use my daily experiences as a jumping off point for discussing the world. Trouble at work? Let’s start there and make a drawing and sketch the problem out in space… I create a range of objects, from paintings and drawings to sculpture and installations. Regardless of media, each work aims to articulate meaning through its image as well as the rigor and process of its becoming. I try to combine humor, tactility and observation to examine the world around me. Within each piece I make I try to use materials to set up a narrative dynamic where disparate elements come into contact: either 2 bodies in paint, 2 sides of a coin, or 2 physical masses in collision. My greatest asset in examining and establishing narrative is the choice of material and the drawn line: Their combination gives these stories their humor, specificity and energy.

Most of all, I love the chemical power of human interaction, and my favorite subjects are the most common: humor, hustle, married life, crazy babies, employment, coping, jealousy and trouble. Every piece I make involves a person - a human tale - and a collision of that dream vessel with the currents of living.

EDUCATION
1995 Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1995 Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1990 Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Yellow Wood, Painting Center, New York, NY
Studio Profile, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
The Golden Age Studies, The Framemaker Gallery, Clarksville, TN
2014 Building Forever, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 Winter’s Nest, Threesquared Gallery, Nashville, TN
2012 Grow Where You’re Planted, Downtown Gallery, Clarksville, TN
Ghosts of California, Morgan University Center, Austin Peay State University
2010 Spare Change, Western Colorado Center for The Arts, Grand Junction, CO
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Art of the South, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art and Design, Memphis, TN
Vanishing Act, Heliopolis, Brooklyn, NY
Contemporary South, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Drawing Discourse , UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC
2014 Abstractica , Passenger Art Center, Detroit, MI
Blottr , Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville
Home Fires, Seedspace Gallery, Nashville. Curated by Scott Zieher
Terrestrial , Unsmoke Art Systems, Braddock, PA
Playing with Your Expectations , The Art Center, Grand Junction, CO
2013 Marks - National Juried Drawing Exhibition, Madelon Powers Art Gallery,
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, PA
American Art Today: Figures, Bascom Art Center, Highlands, NC. Curated by Jonathan Stuhlman, Curator of American Art at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC.
Sketchbook Collective Exhibition, Watkins College of Art and Design, Nashville, TN
Punch and Judy, Punch Gallery, Seattle, WA. Curated by Terry Thacker.
Sketchbook Project Tour, Art House Co-op sponsored tour of North America
including Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Nashville
12by12: A National Exhibition of Small Scale Works (online), MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
2012 Small Works, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Steve DiBenedetto.
Faculty Biennial, Downtown Gallery, Clarksville, TN
Dog is in the Details, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA
Nice to See You, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN
2011 Colorado Ceramics, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
Feel Free to Touch (or not), CCAH Gallery, Carbondale, CO
2010 False Prophets, Aspen Alternative Arts Alliance, Aspen, CO
Heaven Can Wait, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2009 Too Much Love, Anderson Ranch Gallery, Snowmass Village, CO
2007 Art in Real Life, Sara Rogenes Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003 New Works by Paul Collins & Tina Chin, Anderson Ranch Gallery, Snowmass Village, CO
1999 Size Matters, Gail Gates, Brooklyn, NY
SOMA Selects, Curated by Renny Pritikin, Clementina Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 10 Years of Skowhegan, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Luscious, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1993 New Work, Market Five Gallery, Washington, DC
Artists of Colorado, Boulder Art Center, Boulder, CO
SELECTED CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
2015 Alex Lockwood: Shake, OZ Nashville, Nashville, TN
Light and Loaded: The Plein Aire Roadtrip Paintings of Gregory Botts, Trahern Gallery, APSU, Clarksville, TN
2014 Celebrity Sessions: Warhol Photos from University of South Carolina Upstate, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN (co-curated with Dr. Tony Morris)
Amelia Garretson Persans’ Notes From the 422nd Annual Wraiths for Writing Conference, Track 1 Gallery, Nashville, TN
Rory Barron At Rest, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 Squint: Waking Dreams of the Caf einated Hippy, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY
Mortal Strings: Prints and Sculpture by Anna Wagner, Woodward Library, Clarksville, TN
Jesse Shaw’s American Epic, Woodward Library, Clarksville, TN
2012 Living Gallery Program(featuring William Pope.L, Dahlia Elsayed and Jason Rogenes), Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
Text and Textile { a Sampler }, with Prof. Cindy Marsh, Austin Peay State University
Elizabeth Ferrill, Scratchy Spaces, COOP Gallery, Nashville TN
Daniele Genadry, sightlines (CEL), COOP Gallery, Nashville TN
2011 Pressing Identities: Print Selections from Anderson Ranch Editions, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2010 James Surls: The Black Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
The Big Light Show, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
Live Forms Talking (featuring Scott Chamberlain, Jeanne Quinn and Kim Dickey), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
Betty and George Woodman: New Works, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2009 Imaginary Home (featuring Tom Andersen, Mala Iqbal and Paul Jacobsen), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
Janice Jakielski: I Love My Love with a J, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
RESEARCH
2015 Visiting Artist, Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, FL
2014 Invited Visiting Artist (Sculpture Project), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2012 Contemporary Curatorial Practice Workshop Participant, Independent Curators International,
New York, NY (supported by APSU Summer Research Fellows Program Award)
1991-1993 Artist in Residence (Painting), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
1988 Resident Artist, Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
2014 Artist Lecture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2013 Living Gallery at APSU, Provost Lecture Series, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
2012 Presenter, Developing a Socially Engaged Exhibition Program,
Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Durham, NC
2012 Presenter, Mobilizing Campus: Living Gallery at Work, Summer Symposium, ICI, New York, NY
2010 Artist Lecture, Western Colorado Center for The Arts, Grand Junction, CO
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2015
Art Voices Magazine ( No. 40 - Spring 2015), Featured Cover Artist, (curated by Terrence Sanders)
2013
New American Paintings (No. 106), Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Southern Competition 2013 Winner
Art Voices Magazine (No. 34), Featured Artist Viewing Room section, (curated by Terrence Sanders)
Association of American Colleges and Universities News, “Engaging Adult Students with High-Impact Practices at Austin Peay State University”, Jan-Feb 2013. Dept of Art’s Living Gallery Program discussed as a novel means of engaging students.
Nashville Scene (August ‘12), “New Yorkers in Nashville: A List by Adrienne Outlaw”

HONORS
2014 Hamblet Artist in Residence, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2013 New American Paintings (No. 106), Southern Competition 2013 Winner
2012 APSU Summer Research Fellows Program Award Recipient, Clarksville, TN
2004 Macromedia Site of the Month, The Screening Room Video Library, Showtime Networks, NY, NY
1990 Wolfendon Fine Arts Prize, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
UNIVERSITY SERVICE
2013-14
Chairman, Dept of Art Visiting Artist, Speaker and Exhibition Committee (VASE)
Member, Dept of Art Search Committee(Gallery Director)
Member, Dept of Art RARA Committee
Member, Peay Read Committee (Visual Arts Faculty Consultant and Juror)
2012-13
Chairman, Dept of Art Visiting Artist, Speaker and Exhibition Committee (VASE)
Chairman, Dept of Art Faculty Search Committee (Sculpture)
Member, Dept of Art Curriculum Committee
Member, President’s African American Cultural Center Advisory Committee
Member, Peay Read Committee (Visual Arts Faculty Consultant and Juror)
2011-12
Chairman, Dept of Art Visiting Artist, Speaker and Exhibition Committee (VASE)