Liz Collins is a New York City-based, internationally acclaimed designer and artist, recognized for using machine knitting to create innovative clothing, textiles, performances and installations. In 2014, her knitting work in these areas has expanded to include other media, and her newest work is a combination of painting, textiles, and installations that also feature collaborative works by Collins and designer Harry Allen.
She has had solo exhibitions at AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Occidental College, Los Angeles; the Textile Art Center, New York; AS220 Project Space, Providence; and the Knoxville Museum of Art, among others. Her work has also been included in numerous exhibitions at institutions including the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; the Museum of FIT, New York; Participant, New York; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga, NY; and the Museum of Modern Art. Collins was a United States Artist Target Fellow in Crafts and Traditional Arts (2006), a MacColl Johnson Fellow (2011), and has received several other awards and grants for her work and projects. In the summer of 2014, Collins was awarded residencies at both Haystack School of Crafts and Yaddo. Additionally she has done residencies in Anchorage, AK, and Lima, Peru, where she works with artisans and factories who produce many of her textiles. She has been featured in the New York Times, Metropolis, Modern Painters, ARTFORUM, Textile Forum, and a long list of international fashion media and publications. Collins is a regular guest speaker and lecturer at various art & design institutions from SVA and Parsons/ New School to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a visiting professor at both the Pratt Institute and at Maryland Institute College of Art, and was from 2003-2013 an Associate Professor at RISD, where she received both a BFA and MFA.