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Bryan Collier


Bryan Collier, a native of Pocomoke, Maryland, exhibits a unique style of painting that incorporates both watercolors and collage. In 1985, Collier won first place in a congressional Competition, and his art was displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Later that year he was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York City through their national talent competition. In 1989, Collier graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree. While attending school in New York, he began to volunteer at the Harlem Horizon Studio and Harlem Hospital Center with a program that provides working space and materials for self-taught artists in the community. Collier went on to become the Program Director, a position he held for 12 years. He still works with the program in Harlem as a volunteer, feeling a deep sense of responsibility to be a positive role model for kids. Today, Collier spends his time working on his book illustrations, creating his own studio pieces, and going into classrooms to talk with teachers, librarians, and students about books and art.
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