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Bethany Collins

Make a Wave Recipient

Bethany Collins is a multidisciplinary artist whose conceptually-driven work is fueled by a critical exploration of how race and language interact. In her Contronym series, for instance, Bethany transposes defnitions from Webster’s New World Dictionary onto American Masters paper, then obscures much of the entries with an eraser. What remain are specific snippets of meaning poetically charged through their isolation, as well as the crumbled paper bits left behind by her erasing. As Holland Cotter noted in The New York Times: "language itself, viewed as intrinsically racialized, is Bethany Collins’ primary material." Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Drawing Center, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Bethany has been recognized as an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MacDowell Colony, and the Hyde Park Art Center, among others. In 2015, she was awarded the Hudgens Prize.

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