The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Bonnie Collura

bonnie collura
Associate Professor of Art
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814.865.9471
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103 Visual Arts
Bonnie Collura received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994 and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in 1996. She is the recipient of a 1997 Emerging Artist Award from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, a 2003 Rolex Protégé nomination, a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a 2010 United States Artists Fellowship nomination, a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and has received five research grants from Penn State University, including a 2010 Stuckeman Endowment for Design Computing. Collura’s sculptures, drawings, and outdoor works have been exhibited in domestic and international galleries and museums spanning the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and India. Ms. Collura’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, BOMB magazine, Beautiful Decay, Tema Celeste, Sculpture Magazine, Time Out New York, Up & Coming: The Emerging Art Scene in New York, and several other print and on-line publications. Currently, Ms. Collura is working on three large-scale projects: White Light, Imperceptible Rupture and Patchwork. White Light is an immersive sculptural and video installation built off a 10-layer custom sewn wearable called Armor for White Light. Imperceptible Rupture is series of nine abstracted portraits made of collaged casts from a decade of flexible rubber mold imprints. Patchwork consists of several fuse form figurative shells dissected by tailored fabric. Collura is currently an Associate Professor at Penn State University, teaching in the Sculpture Department. 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. Collura currently lives in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania with her husband, Matthew Olson and their domestic shorthair cat, Louise Bourgeois.