McMurry University to offer Painting on Photographs Workshop Featuring Michael Collins

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:17 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University is hosting a Painting on Photographs workshop by Michael Collins from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 21, in the Chapin Pottery Building. 

Collins is an artist recognized for producing some of the most profoundly affecting figurative Post Symbolist painting seen today in contemporary art. He has held many university teaching positions and is currently the senior director of the Visual Arts Department, at Houston Baptist University, where he is also Artist-in-Residence in painting, professor of art and focuses on teaching in the M.F.A. program.

Cost is $50 for professionals and community, $35 for full time students and art teachers and $10 for McMurry students. For more information or to register, contact Caitlin Boyle at 325-793-4662 or email or


Michael Collins was born in Houston, Texas, in 1955 and maintains his primary studio in Houston with his wife Gayle. His works are primarily represented by Lew Allen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, though he also maintains representation with Redbud Gallery in Houston, Virginia Miller Gallery in Miami, and La Galerie K in Paris, France.

Collins’ works have been reviewed in a variety of international arts publications, such as Art News Magazine, Art In America, Art Lies, and Art World Magazine. Collins has had over 50 solo exhibitions at nationally and internationally recognized gallery and museum venues including LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gerald Peters Gallery in Dallas, Texas, Art Space/Virginia Miller Galleries in Miami, Florida, Redbud Gallery in Houston Texas, La Galerie K in Paris, France, and spaces in Santiago Cuba, Berlin and other German cities.  Collins’ works may be seen in 13 museums in the U.S., including The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas, Bass Museum in Miami, Florida, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, the El Paso Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas as well numerous corporate collections.

Collins’ art has been curated in more than 250 group exhibitions in the U.S., Cuba, Peru, Germany, China, Mexico, France, Denmark, Greece, and Istanbul. His paintings have received more than 50 juried awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts-Middle American Arts Alliance grant for excellence in painting and works on paper, as well as three Cultural Arts Council of Houston grant awards for excellence in painting.  From Ruins To Resurrection/Sacred Landscapes of Michael Roque Collins, a hardbound publication of his work published in 2009 by Halcyon Press, features essays by Ken Marvel, owner/director of Lew Allen Galleries; Jim Edwards, a distinguished curator and expert of the art of the American West; and Edward Lucie-Smith, an internationally renowned art writer in England and author of more than 100 canonical texts covering the themes found in contemporary art.

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