Bonnie Collura received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994 and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in 1996. She is the recipient of a 1997 Emerging Artist Award from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, a 2003 Rolex Protégé nomination, a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a 2010 United States Artists Fellowship nomination, a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and has received five research grants from Penn State University, including a 2010 Stuckeman Endowment for Design Computing. Collura’s sculptures, drawings, and outdoor works have been exhibited in national and international galleries and museums spanning the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and India. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, BOMB magazine, Beautiful Decay, Teme Celeste, Sculpture Magazine, Time Out New York, Up & Coming: The Emerging Art Scene in New York, and several other print and on-line publications. She has been invited to speak about her work and teaching practice at over 30 fine art schools and universities in North America.
Collura is currently an Associate Professor at Penn State University, teaching in the Sculpture Department. Prior to her appointment at Penn State she taught at Yale University, Columbia University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, University of the Arts, and Parsons The New School for Design.
Bonnie Collura Studio is a 2,500 square foot mold making, sewing and creative building space located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. In this studio she is working on three large scale projects entitled White Light, Imperceptible Rupture and Patchwork. White Light, a quadrant of The Prince Project, is an immersive sculptural and video installation built off a 10-layer wearable called Armor for White Light. Imperceptible Rupture is series of abstracted figurative shells that collide collaged surfaces to create morphed portraits. Patchwork consists of several hard shelled, biomorphic forms dissected by tailored fabric.