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Alumnus Nicholas Collier is Gettysburg’s new artist-in-residence

January 30, 2017

Herald-Mail Media

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Gettysburg National Military Park’s artist-in-residence for January and February is Nicholas Collier, a U.S. Military veteran who will pursue photography, sculpture and filmmaking during his residency.

Collier received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 from George Mason University in Virginia and his Master of Fine Arts in 2016 from Florida State University.

He works as an interdisciplinary artist, employing photography, social practice and sculpture to explore the intersection of ideas revolving around place, history and contemporary culture. His work has been shown in galleries in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Florida.

He lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he splits his time between his studio practice, the development of his start-up, Aloft Aerial Imaging, and working as a residential remodeler.

“Art has helped me move on from things you do in war that aren’t permissible in society,” said Collier, who reflects on war, combat and military themes.

His residency will allow him to take inspiration from the historic battlefield of Gettysburg and how it reflects on the battlefields and soldier life today.

The artist is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, with a combat action ribbon for his time in Afghanistan. His unit was in Afghanistan running missions like the one in the movie “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg. His unit was the first in the Korengal Valley prior to the Army unit portrayed in the movie “Restrepo.”

Collier arrived Jan. 15, and will do a “meet-the-artist” event and display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 717-338-4469.

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Stars and Stripes had the opportunity to follow Nick around as he photographed – check out the video here.

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