b. 1984, Montgomery, AL
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

EDUCATION
2012
MFA, Drawing & Painting, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA


2007
BA, Studio Art & Visual Journalism, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

2005
Glasgow School of Art, Capstone International, Glasgow, Scotland

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020
Evensong, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN
Bethany Collins, Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, AL

2019
Chorus, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Benediction, The University of Kentucky Art Museum, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
A Pattern or Practice, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL [cat.]

2018
Undersong, PATRON, Chicago IL
The Litany, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Occasional Verse, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

2017
Material Fact, PATRON, Chicago, IL
Of a piece, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

2016
In Evidence, Van Every / Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
The problem we all live with, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
with the exception of the sky, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA

2015
Inquiry’ s End, Richard Gray Gallery , Chicago, IL [cat.]

This is How the Myth Repeats, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

2012
(Unrelated), Ernst G. Welsh Gallery, Atlanta, GA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020
Jacob Lawerence: The American Struggle, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA [cat.]
Angela is Happening! Angela Davis: Image and Text, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswich, NJ [cat.]

2019
Direct Message, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Juntao First National Book Art Exhibition, Qian Juntao Art Research Museum, Haining, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China
PROJECT, Temporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Young, Gifted, and Black: The Lumpkin-Bonccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, New York, NY
Great Force,Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA [cat.]
Heritage, Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco, CA
The Politics of Rhetoric, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Resilience: African American Artists As Agents of Change, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MO
Parallel and Peripheries, MOCAD, Detroit, MI
Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/ Giuffrida Collection, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Fault Lines, Corvus Gallery at the University of Chicago Lab School, Chicago, IL

2018
Parallel and Peripheries, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
The Armory Show 2018, Piers 92/94, New York, NY
Out of Easy Reach, Depaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IL
What We Make, Richard M. Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
In the Eyes of the Beholder, Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

2017
Traduttore, Traditore, Curated by Karen Greenwalt & Katja Rivera, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
EXPO IN/SITU: Chronopolitics, Curated by Florence Derieux, Chicago, IL
Another Country, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Victory Over the Sun: The Poetics and Politics of Eclipse, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Beyond Boundaries, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Darryl Atwell Collection of African American Art, Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC
Gray Matters, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Between Words and Images, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Excerpt, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2016
S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

Chicago Invites Chicago, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
Prix Canson, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Lines of Flight, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY
Art AIDS America, Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

2015
To Be Young, Gifted & Black, Curated by Hank Willis Thomas, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Talking Back, Otherwise, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, Canada

Hudgens Prize Finalists Exhibition, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA
I lost an arm on my last trip home, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY

Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, Charlotte, NC

2014
Material Histories, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]

Retreat, organized by Theaster Gates, Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL [cat.]

we seemed to be unanimously selected, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY
RE•AL•IZED, Carol Jazzar Contemporary, Miami, FL
The School, Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Point of View: African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI

Space For Possibility, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
INCOGNITO 2014, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
See Through Walls, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA

Emerging Artist Exhibition, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, GA

2013
Drawing Inside the Perimeter, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Intersections of Gender & Place, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS

ONE ONE, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

2012 

From Cosmology to Neurology and Back Again, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Talent Loves Company, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA


2011

Bring It, Landmark Arts, Lubbock, TX

2010
Southern Art?, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Atlanta, GA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2019
Aaron Gettinger, “At the Smart, ‘Solidary & Solitary’ Shows Individuals Progressing Black Art,” Hyde Park Herald, February

2018
Brian Leahy, “Brian T. Leahy on Bethany Collins,” Artforum, December
Kelly Crow, “At Miami’s Art Fairs, a Somber Mood Sets in,” The Wall Street Journal, December
Amarie Gipson, “Bethany Collins: Undersong,” THE SEEN, December
Evan Moffit, “What Can’t Be Read,” Frieze, Jan/Feb

2017
Amanda Dalla Villa Adams, “Critics Pick: Bethany Collins,”Artforum, September
Sara Rose Sharp, “Artists Embrace the Grayscale,”Hyperallergic, July
Antwaun Sargent, “Kara Walker, Juliana Huxtable, and More Challenge False White Recordings of Black History,” The Creators Project, March

2016
Amanda Cachia, “Critic’s Pick: S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom,” Artforum, December
Barbara Schreiber, “Think about power in a new way at ‘Seeing / Saying’,” Charlotte Observer, November
Buzz Spector, “Eight Questions for Bethany Collins,” ART PAPERS, June

2015
Courtney Willis-Blair, “In Absentia: An Artist Performs Historical Erasure,” Modern Painters, December
“Version After Version,” ART PAPERS, Nov 2015.
Lilly Lampe, “Critics Pick,” Artforum, October
Sargent Antwaun, “Nina Simone’s ‘Young, Gifted, and Black’ Inspires an Exhibition in South Africa,” The Creators Project, October

2014
Holland Cotter, “The Stuff of Life, Urgently Altered,” The New York Times, August

2013
John Lemley, “Talking Art, Race & Identity with Bethany Collins,” NPR’s WABE, September

LECTURES AND ARTIST TALKS
2019
Artist Talk: Bethany Collins, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Conversation: Bethany Collins and Amber Rose Johnson, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Libby Newman Visiting Artist Series, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Platform Speaker Series Artist Talk, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Visiting Artist Talk, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Artist Talk: Bethany Collins and Samuel Levi Jones, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Conversation: Bethany Collins and Duriel Harris, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Society for Contemporary Art Lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2018
Visiting Artist Talk, Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Artist Talk, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY
Artist Talk, The Center for the Book Arts, New York, NY
Artist Talk, McColl Center for Art and Innovation, Charlotte, NC

2017
Visiting Artist Talk, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Printmedia Visiting Artist Lecture Series, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Artist Talk with Darby English and Daniel Borzutsky, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Artist Talk with Xaviera Simmons and Carmen Winant, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Panel with Joey Lico, Kadar Brock, Samuel Levi-Jones and Cheryl Pope, Soho House, Chicago, IL
Artist Talk with Deana Haggag, PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL
Joyner/Giuffrida Collection Panel with Kevin Beasley, Charles Gaines, Ann Goldstein, Samuel Levi Jones and James Rondeau, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL

2016
Artist Talk, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Art Papers Live with Natasha Trethewey, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

2015
Hamilton Arts Lecture Series, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Distinguished Alumni Talk, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Artist Talk, The Art Students League, New York, NY

2014
Artist Talk with Nico Muhly, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2010
Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Universitario Bauhaus, Puebla, Mexico

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2019
Lucas Artist Fellowship, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
Artadia Award: 2019 Chicago, Chicago, IL
Public Humanities Practitioner-in-Residence, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
Artist Fellowship Award, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago, IL

2018
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New York, NY
Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, CIC Foundation, IN
McColl Center for Art + Innovation Residency, Charlotte, NC

2017
Make A Wave Grant, 3Arts, Chicago, IL

2016
Jackman Goldwasser Residency, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Prix Canson Finalist, New York, NY

2015
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

Hudgens Prize, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NYBemis Center for Contemporary Art, Artist in Residence, Omaha, NE

2014
Artadia Award: 2014 Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2013
The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist-In-Residence 2013-2014, New York, NY
The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY
Hambridge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences Residency, Rabun Gap, GA

2012
WonderRoot Arts Center, Walthall Artist Fellowship, Atlanta, GA

2010
Arquetopia, Inc., Artist in Residence, Puebla, Mexico


2009
Rural Alabama Initiative, Artist in Residence, Elba, AL

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Agnes Scott University, Decatur, GA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Illinois State University Special Collections Department, Normal, IL
Kalamazoo Institute of Contemporary Art, Kalamazoo, MO

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago IL
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Virginia Special Collections Library, Charlottesville, VA
Yale University Library, New Haven, CT
Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw Stats University, Kennesaw, GA