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Jim Collins MFA

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Sculptor Jim Collins MFA
Jim Collins

About Jim Collins

Jim Collins is primarily a sculptor, Jim Collins has been figurative in his art from the beginning. Early, he was carving large female figures from logs of walnut, elm and cladding them in appliqu`s of copper, brass, lead and, in some cases, fine fur and leather. Each figure was a statement about the contemporary style and fashion of the times.
Jim Collins was a Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga until 1983 when he resigned that teaching position to devote full time to his career as a professional artist. His sculpture style has since been characterized by the use of silhouette figures constructed of stainless steel, brass, and copper, galvanized and painted steel
Jim Collins has an extensive and impressive exhibition record, and including numerous one-man shows, invitationals, and competitions. During the last thirty years he has been involved in many commissions for both private and public collections.

Jim in the studio

Biography / CV of Jim Collins

2015 SUWANEE SCULPTOUR, 2015-2017, Suwanee, GA
Found Image Collage, Invitational - Group Show, The Bascom - Highlands, NC
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, 2015-2016. Bristol, TN/VA
2014 PUBLIC ART CORRIDOR EXHIBITION, 2014-2015, Johnson City, TN
SPACES EXHIBITION, 2014-2015, Huntsville, AL
ART IN PUBLIC, 2014-2015, Gadsden, AL
MIDWEST SCULPTURE INITIATIVE, 2014-2015, Canton, Hastings, and Fenton, MI
2013 SALISBURY SCULPTURE SHOW, 2013-2014, Salisbury, NC
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, 2013-2014, Knoxville, TN
SCULPTURE WALK VII, 2013-2014, Kingsport, TN
SUWANEE SCULPTOUR, 2013-2015, Suwanee, GA
MIDWEST SCULPTURE INITIATIVE, 2013-2014, Fenton, Tecumseh, and Kochville, MI
27th ROSEN EXHIBITION, 2013-2014, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
2012 ABSOLUTELY AMBIGUOUS, Solo Show of Mixed Media Collages, Coker College, Hartsville, SC
PUBLIC ART LEAGUE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 2012-2013
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, 2012-2013, Knoxville, TN
SUWANEE SCULPTOUR, 2012-2013, City of Suwanee, GA
ART ON THE STREETS, 2012-2013, Colorado Springs, CO
THREE SHADES OF GREEN, Sculpture Commission, The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
MAJOR SCULPTURE COMMISSION, St. George National School, Balbriggan, Ireland
2011 IRISH ENCOUNTERS, Dooradoyle Library, County Limerick January - February and
RUA RED, Dublin, June - July
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, Merit Award, “People’s Choice Award” 2011-2012, Knoxville, TN
SCULPTURE WALK V, 2011 - 2012, Kingsport, TN ("Kavanagh Himself" Purchased for City Collection)
SOLO SHOW (Mixed Media Collage), DIRECTOR`S CHOICE, OCAF, Watkinsville, GA
DISCOVER WHAT`S OUTSIDE, Sculpture Exhibition, April - December, Salisbury, NC
2010 IRISH ENCOUNTERS, A solo touring exhibition of 20 mixed media collages at several venues
throughout Ireland. Opening in Kilkenny in June - Basement Gallery, Dundalk in November
DISCOVER WHAT’S OUTSIDE, Sculpture Show, Salisbury, NC
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, March -- October, Knoxville, TN
ARTSS in the Open, 2010-2011, Sandy Springs, GA
2009 ROME ART COTERIE, Seventh National Juried Exhibition, Rome, GA
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, April – November, Knoxville, TN
SOUTHWORKS, Watkinsville, GA
PUBLIC ART COMMISSION: an individual sculpture each for the three villages of: Carlingford, Collon, and Heynestown in County Louth Ireland
FLYING COWS, Arts at the Airport - Flying Solo, Nashville International Airport, TN
2008 SCULPTURE WALK, Best of Show, 2007-2008, Columbus,GA
ARTSS in the Open, 2008-2009, Sandy Springs, GA
MAJOR PUBLIC SCULPTURE COMMISSION – Number 1 Fire Station, Plano, Texas
SCULPTURE WALK (Public Art), (Kavanagh Himself) 2008-2009, Columbus, GA
2007 SOLO SHOW- ENCOUNTERS (Jan – March), Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
MILE MARKERS, (September), nine powder-coated stainless steel sculptures on the Tennessee Riverwalk.

Jim with the Dolls

Artist Statement of Jim Collins

Jim Collins is primarily a Public Art sculptor working in a figurative manner, best exemplified by his long running series the WATCHER. His sculpture style has been characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed of stainless steel, aluminum and other metals. Collins was a Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1966 until 1983. He received degrees from Marshall University in West Virginia, the University of Michigan, and a M.F.A. degree in sculpture from Ohio University. There is more information in the Dictionary of American Sculptors, Who’s Who in American Art and at the website His work can be found in many collections in the United States and Ireland with the majority located in the Southeastern United States. Colorful silhouettes of figures and animals can be seen from the Emerald Isle to Plano Texas with the latest additions in Balbriggan County Dublin Ireland and Colorado Springs.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Jim Collins

American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA
Huntington Museum of Art Huntington, WV
Berea College, Berea, KY
Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Appalachian Corridors, Charleston, WV
Mrs. Harry L. Bradley Collection, Milwaukee Art Center, WI
Chattanooga State Community College, TN
Regions Bank, Sweetwater, TN
Rockland County, New City, NY
City of Chattanooga, TN
Limerick County Council, Ireland
City of Plano Texas
Downtown Columbus Georgia
Louth County Council, Ireland

Public Works of Jim Collins

There are many Public Art Commissions in the United States and Ireland. Please see CV for details.

Qualifications / Education of Jim Collins

Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, A.B. in Art and Education
University of Michigan, M.P.H. in Public Health Education
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, M.F.A. in Sculpture

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Jim Collins

Dictionary of American Sculptors
Who`s Who in American
Irish Encounters, A Touring Exhibition, 2010-2011
Interview 2008, Keeping You Connected, Plano, Texas
Times Marker Article, 2007
JIM COLLINS ART: 1963 – 2003

Teaching Experience

Professor of Art University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1966-1983

Price Range of Work

Jim Collins's work has a price range from £1,000 to £12,500

Mediums utilised

Jim Collins's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Jim Collins's work is found in the following categories on site:
Humorous Witty Amusing Lighthearted Fun Jolly Whimsical Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (9)
Silhouette, Flat, or Thin or Two Dimensional Bas and Low Reliefs Sculptures or Statues (9)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (8)
Public Art Sculpture (7)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (6)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (5)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (5)
Farm Yard Sculptures (5)
Cattle, Kine, Cows, Bulls, Buffalos, Bullocks, Heifers, Calves, Oxen, Bison, Aurocks, Yacks (4)
Monumental Sculptures (4)
Playground Art Fantasy or Cartoon Statues Sculptures (3)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures (3)
Animals in General Sculptures Statues (3)
Polychrome Sculpture Multi-Coloured Statues statuettes statuary (3)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary (3)
Stainless Steel Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture (2)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary (2)
Human Figurative Sculptures (2)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (2)
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made (2)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Water Features, Fountains and Cascades (2)
Figurative Public Art Sculptures
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Objects of desire Sculptures
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Stylized People Sculptures
Stylized Animals Sculptures
Couples or Group Sculptures
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes
Domestic Animal Sculpture
Wild Bird Sculptures
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Abstract Fish Sculptures
Horses Abstract / Semi Abstract / Stylised / Contemporary / Modern Statues Sculptures statuettes
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Maquette For Larger Monumental Massive Big or Large statue or sculpture
Architectural Sculptures
Mythical Sculptures
Fantasy sculpture or Statue
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures
Fabricated Metal Abstract sculpture
Historical Character Statues / Sculptures

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Naum Gabo
Customer comment on 'Egret on Alert (Standing Water Bird Wader sculpture)' by Kenneth Potts
Ken, Peter

Thank you both, and especially of course Ken, for your trouble over the
egret sculpture. I am very glad to say that it is now installed in our
garden, and we are delighted with it. Lucy has decided it should be called
Elgar, in memory of the work you are currently doing, Ken.

I attach a couple of pictures showing Elgar the Egret on his stand and in
his setting above the rockery by the pond.


Tim, Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom.