Bonnie Collura’s multi-media sculptures, figurative textiles, and outdoor works have contributed to the dialogue of contemporary sculpture for over twenty years in exhibitions spanning the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and India. Reviews of her work can be seen in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, Art Net, Flash Art, BOMB magazine, Beautiful Decay, Tema Celeste, Sculpture Magazine, and numerous print and on-line publications. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (1994) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University (1996), her work is the recipient of several honors, including a 1997 Emerging Artist Award (Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art), a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and over six research grants from Penn State University. Most recently, she has been awarded two grants from the Studio for Sustainability and Social Action (S3a) for her cross disciplinary project, "Together, Tacit" which aims to foster sculptural collaboration and awareness between blind, low vision, and sighted individuals. She is a recipient of a 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for the sculptural project, Seven.
Toggling a rigorous studio practice with a dedicated teaching career has led to an investment of art’s purpose through a younger generation in the classroom. In 2021, Collura was the recipient of a prestigious Outstanding Educator Award from the International Sculpture Center.
Currently, Collura is a Full Professor of Art at Penn State University, teaching in the School of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Architecture. Prior to her appointment at Penn State she taught at Yale University, Columbia University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, University of the Arts, and Parsons The New School for Design. She lives and works in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania with her husband, Matthew J. Olson and their extraordinary, domestic short-hair cat named Louise Bourgeois.
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2010 - present
2010 - present