"My work explores functional systems of classification and organization. Display formats such as didactic medical models, taxonomic specimens and trophy mounts are manifestations of our desire to order the world, yet the authority of scientific disciplines belies their mutability as they shift and respond to values, prejudices and popular culture. In my work, traits of human, animal and machine intersect in forms that bring attention to and question beauty and the grotesque, history as an activity of the present and its relationship to what remains uncannyand rational efficiency is juxtaposed with the messiness of everyday life."
Dylan Collins was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1974, and grew up in central Illinois. He currently lives and workd in Morgantown, WV. He attended Eastern Illinois University and received both a BA in Two-Dimensional Studio Art in 1996 and an MA in Sculpture in 1997. Collins moved to Ohio to attend Kent State University, earning an MFA in Sculpture in 2003.
Since earning his MFA, he has held academic positions as Adjunct Instructor in Drawing and Sculpture programs at Kent State University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Drawing at Oberlin College, and Instructor of Studio Foundations at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In 2008, Collins joined the faculty of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University as Visiting Assistant Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator, and he is currently Assistant Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator at WVU.
Collins has exhibited throughout the US with recent exhibitions of his work including "Drawing Connections" at the Boston Center for the Arts, "Forged" at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, "Crossing the Line: Drawings by Sculptors," at Buffalo State College's Czurles-Nelson Gallery, "Color Coded" at Mississippi State University's McComas Gallery, and "Drawing Muchness" at the University of North Florida Gallery of Art. He has won numerous awards, including the Myers Foundation Summer Faculty Research Grant from West Virginia University School of Art and Design from 2009-2013.