Visiting artist Bethany Collins explores how race and language collide

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 16:33
Photo Credit: Chris Edwards
Photo Credit: Chris Edwards

What: University of North Texas Department of Studio Art “PLATFORM” speakers series public lecture featuring visiting artist Bethany Collins

When: April 4 (Thursday)

Where: Greater Denton Arts Council, 400 E. Hickory St., Denton

Hours: Artist talk from 7:30-8:30 p.m. with reception to follow

Cost: Free and open to the public. Please RSVP on Facebook

Background: Bethany Collins is a multidisciplinary artist who explores how race and language interact. Through drawing, printmaking, sculpture and performance, she examines the multiple meanings, dual perceptions and limitless interpretations of language.


In her “Contronym” series, Collins transposes definitions from Webster’s New World Dictionary of American Language onto American Masters paper before erasing most of the entries. What remain are specific snippets of meaning—words, phrases and crumbled paper bits left behind--all poetically charged through their isolation and opening a conversation about the limitless potential and inevitable failure of language.


The UNT Department of Studio Art “PLATFORM” speaker series invites contemporary artists, critics and curators whose work is fueled by critical discussions around marginalized voices and narratives. In addition to a public lecture, speakers meet with students in individual and/or seminar settings providing additional contact and deeper conversations.


The “PLATFORM” speaker series is funded by the UNT Department of Studio Art, UNT Department of Art Education and Art History, UNT University Libraries, Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts and the Greater Denton Arts Council.


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