Bethany Collins is an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois who works in drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and art books. Collins' works, which incorporate fractured or illegible phrases either punishingly erased or arduously rendered, were featured in a solo exhibition at University Galleries in 2019, Bethany Collins: A Pattern or Practice.
MFA, drawing and painting, Georgia State University; Atlanta, GA (2012)
BA, studio art and visual journalism, University of Alabama; Tuscaloosa, AL (2007)
Glasgow School of Art, Capstone International semester abroad; Glasgow, Scotland (2005)
Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship; Chicago, IL (2019)
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; New York, NY (2015)
Collins participated in a collaborative project with Normal Editions Workshop with partial sponsorship from University Galleries during a short-term residency February 3-7, 2020
Bethany Collins drawing on mylar during the collaborative print project at Normal Editions in 2020.
Bethany Collins begins a drawing on mylar at Normal Editions during the collaborative project
Bethany Collins talks with a class of students visiting Normal Editions to see and hear about her project as it develops
Bethany Collins applying tusche wash to mylar during the artist's drawing process
Bethany Collins tests of different drawing materials on mylar
Morgan Price and Bethany Collins examine and test different materials
Bethany Collins mixing up stick tusche and testing it on mylar
Morgan Price and Bethany Collins discuss options regarding tusche wash drawing on mylar as the drawing is in progress
Bethany Collins considers samples of three red ink mixtures with the beginning of her drawing on mylar
Bethany Collins (seated) welcomes students to observer the collaborative project in progress
Bethany Collins consults her notes during the drawing process
Bethany Collins and Morgan Price inspecting drawings on mylar over the light table while preparing to expose photo-lithographic plates
Peytin Fitzgerald mixing ink with visiting artist Bethany Collins.
Veda Rives Aukerman and Peytin Fitzgerald mixing ink for color trial proofing sessions during the collaboration with Bethany Collins.
Nicci Arnold, Bethany Collins, and Lisa Lofgren observe the printing of the first plate for Bethany's project. Peytin Fitzgerald is the sponger for printer Morgan Price.
Morgan Price prepares the ink roller by rolling up the dark red ink for the first layer
Close-up view of the ink slab while Veda Rives Aukerman rolls out ink
Morgan Price rolling out ink and Veda Rives Aukerman sponging the lithographic plate for run #1.
Bethany Collins writing the title on the "Right to Print" impression for version two
Veda Rives Aukerman, Bethany Collins, Peytin Fitzgerald, and Erika Shiba stand with two impressions signed "Right to Print" for editions to be printed later
Bethany Collins signing "Right to Print" on the selected impression to print in an edition
Bethany Collins writing the title on the "Right to Print" impression