Select Public Art & Mural Commissions

 

Kerouac Park Container. Commissioned by the City of Lowell to paint a 290 ft2 shipping container for display in Kerouac Park.

             Design references 20th-century industrial and labor history, local architecture and botany, Kerouac, and other local points of pride.

             To be finalized Spring 2020

SpaceUs x Hubweek Mural. 22 ft2 event-specific design referencing textures of local ecology and local industry. Commissioned by SpaceUs

             to complete one section of a multi-artist mural, which was installed at HubWeek’s 2019 Fall Festival. Boston, MA. 2019. 

Lane Memorial Library Mural. Site-specific, 280 ft2 mural painted in public library stairwell, leading down to children’s reading

             room. Whimsical, children’s illustration-style design referencing local flora and fauna. Hampton, NH. 2019. 

“I Love This City” Mural. 10’x5’ map of Boston designed and installed on exterior wall of private residence in Boston’s South End,

             featuring landmarks of sentimental value to client. 2018. 

Spaceus 20 Brattle. Semi-participatory watercolor painting on interior wall, incorporating faces of the public who opted in to participate

             in portrait sessions. Cambridge, MA. 2018. 

Downtown is Pawsome. Among a cohort of artists jury-selected to participate in yearlong place-making exhibit, featuring custom-

             illustrated fiberglass sculptures of Nipper, the city’s canine mascot. Albany, NY. 2017–2018. 

 

Exhibitions

2020    Guess Who, TILL Wave Gallery, Watertown, MA 

2019    Face Value, Dorchester Art Project, Boston, MA 

2018    Feminism Prism, Spaceus Annex, Cambridge, MA

            More Than a Riot, the Good Gallery at Arnold Worldwide, Boston, MA

            Altarations: A Selection of Shrines, Dorchester Art Project, Boston, MA

            1369 Coffeehouse Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2017    Downtown is Pawsome, public art installation, Albany, NY

            Single Fare 4, Highline Stages, NYC, NY

Press

 

2019    WBUR Artery. This Art Exhibit Shows Makeup is Political

            Hampton Union/Seacoast Online. Lane Memorial Library to Unveil “NH Nature” Mural

            Boston Globe. My Instagram: Kit Collins.

2018    Boston Hassle. Compass Featured Artist Interview.

            Brain Arts Organization. Interview during Boston Hassle Telethon. 

            Zumix Youth Radio. Interview on Firehouse Show. 

            Albany Times Union. Albany’s Nipper Sculptures Find Forever Homes

            Jewish Boston. Drawn to Stitch: Discovering Ritual in Embroidery, on behalf of Eser.

            Boston Hassle. Top 23 Hassle Show Posters of 2017

2017    The Schenectady Gazette. Who Let the Dogs Out? Nippers on Display

            “Kit & Renee,” a mini-doc by Ian MacLellan. 


 

Experience & Affiliations

 

Solei Arts: Mural assistant, 2019–present. I have worked with muralist Emma Leavitt (DBA Solei Arts) on a number of commercial mural projects,

           assisting with logistics, setup and painting.

SpaceUs: Member artist, 2018–2019. Participated in shared studio space; facilitated events for members, visitors and the public. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Contract Embroiderer in Textile Conservation, 2018. Assisted with the completion of two 18th/19th-

           century armorial tapestry reproductions, the centerpieces of the Raphael Room renovation project. 

MASSCreative: Arts Advocacy Intern, Spring 2015. Conducted volunteer outreach and coordination in service of the annual Arts Matter Day

           rally and legislative lobbying event. 

Workshop & Teaching Experience

 

MFA Boston: 2019. Featured artist at the MFA’s annual Hanukkah celebration. Facilitated a “stamp your own menorah” craft activity for over 700

          children, parents and young adults. 

Hebrew College: 2018. Co-facilitated “Embroidering Your Jewish Ritual Practice,” a six-week course that paired hand embroidery with text study, as

          part of the Eser program’s “Maker Mishkan” educational series for young adults.  

Stamp-making workshops: 2018–present. Facilitate stamp-making workshops for children and adults at a variety of venues, which have included

         Make & Mend (Somerville, MA), the Canopy Room (Somerville, MA), Colleen’s Diner (Medford, MA) and SpaceUs (Boston, MA). 


 

Education

 

2015   B.A. Peace & Justice Studies conferred Cum Laude. Tufts University, Medford, MA.

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