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April 7, 2016 - July 3, 2016
Sampler is a collection of new work by Minneapolis artist (and Betty) Katy Collier, riffing on the idea of a “sampler,” an artifact produced as a test or example of a skill. The series of collaged works explore the influence of pastoral themes within domestic design and traditional craft practices. In the last four years Collier has printed multilayered woodcuts and monotypes that create and borrow symbols and patterns used in traditional crafts. The printed collages recall quilts, samplers and other textiles. When women work–quilt, weave, or knit–the results of their labor are often viewed as a functional and emotional record of that effort within a given tradition. In Collier’s work the processes of carving, printing and collaging make visible the essential role of labor in art making.
Katy Collier works through multiple disciplines including printmaking, drawing and animation. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Hyde Park Art Center (2010), Women’s Studio Workshop (2012), Nemeth Art Center (2014), Detroit Artists Market (2014), and Highpoint Center for Printmaking (2015). She teaches printmaking at Highpoint Center for Printmaking and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spudnik Press and Ox-Bow School of Art. She earned her BA from Whittier College (2006) and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009).