Vol. 10.10.2017 | Colleen Blackard Colleen BlackardNew Purpose Colleen BlackardThe Sky From Earth Colleen BlackardImportant ABOUT COLLEEN BLACKARD Recently, Colleen Blackard received the 2018 Pollock-Krasner Artist Grant, a charitable organization that relieves the financial burden on recognized professional artists so they can practice and advance their work. ARTIST STATEMENT From Austin, Texas, I’m currently based in Brooklyn, NY and create drawings inspired by the light of the Texas night skies of my youth. My drawings are created with continuous circular intersecting lines of ink. I build up masses of marker or ballpoint pen circles to create patterns of shadow and light that define the subject. I choose this time consuming yet meditative process as a way to describe the beauty of existence by giving life to every detail. I received a BA from Hampshire College, MA. My first solo exhibition “For The Universe” opened in 2009 at Hampshire College Gallery, and since then my drawings have been shown around the world in London, Moscow, Tokyo, New York City, and more. My work has been featured in such venues as Fountain Art Fair, ACA Galleries, Rush Arts Gallery, Family Business Gallery, Owen James Gallery, and Brooklyn Fire Proof. I was featured in the Brooklyn episode of the Japanese travel show, Hotel no Madokora , and I’m represented by ISSO Gallery in Tokyo, and Aberson Exhibits in Tulsa, OK. My work is in Pierogi Gallery’s flat files in Williamsburg Brooklyn and I was interviewed for their artists’ Q&A. My work is featured in the current publication of Drawing Magazine.