VASE LECTURES

Photo of Bethany Collins sitting on a stool in an art studio.

Bethany Collins

Bethany Collins

February 23, 2023. 5:30 pm
Center for Creative Photography

Bethany Collins, a multidisciplinary artist who works in Chicago, will talk about how race and language interact in her works as part of the School of Art’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Endowment (VASE) series. In her Contranyms series, for instance, Collins transposes definitions from Webster’s New World Dictionary of American Language onto American Masters paper, then aggressively obscures much of the entries with an eraser. What remain are specific snippets of meaning that are poetically charged through their isolation, as well as the crumbled paper bits left behind by her erasing. As Holland Cotter noted writing in The New York Times,“language itself, viewed as intrinsically racialized, is Bethany Collins’s primary material.”

Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. She has been recognized as an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was awarded the Hudgens Prize in 2015. Other awards include: Lucas Artist Fellowship (2019), Montalvo Arts Center; The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Artadia Award (2019), Artadia Chicago Awards; Public Humanities Practitioner-in-Residence (2019), Davidson College; Artist Fellowship Award (2019), Illinois Arts Council Agency; Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2018) and Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2019), CIC Foundation.

Collins received an MFA from Georgia State University and a BA from the University of Alabama.

2022-2023 Visiting Artists

Bethany Collins

Bethany Collins

February 23, 2023. 5:30 pm Center for Creative Photography
Walid Raad

Walid Raad

March 23, 2023. 5:30 pm. Center for Creative Photography
POSTPONED: Deborah Willis and Sama Alshaibi

POSTPONED: Deborah Willis and Sama Alshaibi

October 27, 2022. 5:30 pm. Center for Creative Photography
Tarrah Krajnak

Tarrah Krajnak

October 13, 2022. 5:30 pm. Center for Creative Photography
Myra Greene

Myra Greene

November 17, 2022. 5:30 pm. Center for Creative Photography