National Parks Service Invites Marine Corps Veteran Nicholas Collier as New Artist-in-Residence

National Parks Service Invites Marine Corps Veteran Nicholas Collier as New Artist-in-Residence
Washington, DC, January 13, 2017 --( National Parks Service - Gettysburg National Military Park’s Artists-in-Residence for January/February will be Nicholas Collier, a U.S. Military veteran who will pursue photography, sculpture and film-making during his month-long residency on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Collier received his BFA from George Mason University, Virginia, in 2012 and his MFA from Florida State University in 2016. Collier 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, Florida, 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, whose 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 movie, "Lone Survivor," with Mark Wahlburg. His unit was the first unit in the Korengal Valley prior to the Army unit portrayed in the movie, "Restrepo."

Collier arrives on January 15, and will do a “meet the artist” event and display at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

"Gettysburg inspires so much passion in our visitors today, and the Artists-in-Residence are providing new connections to people from all walks of life," said Ed W. Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. "Our Artist-in-Residence programs are engaging new audiences and connecting with visitors through the power and the passion of art."

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, has expanded its Artist-in-Residence program Service at Gettysburg National Military Park to include 12 artists over 12 months. The Gettysburg Foundation supports the Gettysburg program which has become a model for artist residencies in all of the national parks. The NPAF has introduced four programmatic themes to the residencies in 2017 which will alternate:

U.S. Military Veteran Artists: During January, July and November 2017, Gettysburg’s Artists-in-Residence will be U.S. Military Veterans, bringing a unique perspective to arts in the park. All deadlines for all 2017 applications are next week January 20th.

Alembic Arts (New Media): This programmatic theme speaks to many varied and mixed media including film image, technologies, augmented Realities, Virtual Realities and any and all combinations with these in themselves of combining classic art media with such "new media."

Arts Revolver: Open to any and all artistic media including cross-overs or hybrids with any of the other programmatic themes.

LiterAudiArts: NPAF’s most fascinating AiR programmatic theme focusses on many and all Linguistic, words, sounds, song and music. A few examples of this are poetry, screenplays, spoken word, environmental recordings, sound art, wall of sound experimentation.

NPAF selects any sort of artist for national park residencies, from traditional landscape painters, photographers, to performers, installations, films/video, as well as writers, poets, sound artists, and new arts media. More information about these opportunities is available at * The US Military Veterans Artist in Residence Program is Supported by ActiVets "healing physical and psychological wounds in the solitude, peace, and beauty of our National Parks.".
National Parks Arts Foundation
Cecilia Wainright