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Miami artist's work selected for Columbus' Long Street Bridge "Cultural Wall"

08/27/2012

Larry Collins' "Cultural Wall" concept
Larry Winston Collins, associate professor of art, was selected along with Columbus photographer Kojo Kamau to collaborate on the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Long Street Bridge “Cultural Wall” project located in Columbus.

The bridge, scheduled to be completed in fall 2013, connects the I-71 overpass to the downtown area on the Near East side of Columbus known as the King-Lincoln area. The mural on the bridge will showcase the history and culture of the predominately African American area when the city was segregated.

ODOT accepted artists’ proposals for the project last spring, considering only artists who have a connection to the Near East side. An advisory panel of Near East Side residents, artists and others guided the final selection of Collins and Kamau.

Collins received his bachelor’s degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design and his MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Prior to joining Miami he taught at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Among his notable works is a series of linoleum block prints depicting black artists such as Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Billie Holiday.

View a video interview with Collins (from Columbus Crossroads Presents).

Larry Winston Collins, current work

Larry Winston Collins, associate professor of art, exhibits widely in Ohio and throughout the United States. His work is currently on view in the two-part international exhibition, ”Time and Place: An International Exhibition of Works on Paper,” which celebrates the bicentennial of the city of Columbus and the 20th anniversary of the Sister City program between Columbus and Dresden, Germany. The exhibition runs through Oct. 20 at the Urban Arts Space at Ohio State University.

Earlier this year he was selected to participate in a group exhibition, “Multiple Encounters,” at the Lalit Kala Akademy, National Academy of Art in New Delhi, India, with works from Indian and American printmakers.

Larry Winston Collins

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