ASC Cloyde Snook Gallery features alumna Kollasch

(09-17-2010)

Adams State College 1984 alumna Kristine Kollasch painting and mixed media exhibit opens October 1, in the Cloyde Snook Gallery. Kollasch's artist lecture starts at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in the Art Building room 227 followed by an artist reception from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Kollasch describes her work as "colorful and contemplative with lots of layers." Some pieces create a statement, others are meant for pure aesthetic enjoyment. "I hope the audience will enjoy the work, smile a bit, maybe laugh or linger in front of a piece as they discover things beneath the initial glance." The work is happy, positive, and often enhanced with text. "I guess I think of myself as a bit of a poet or philosopher."

Kollasch is a thriving professional artist producing fine art and murals. She enjoys working collaboratively with other artists on public art projects that involve the community.

She received her degree in art education. She remembers the "warmth" of the Art Building and art professors Cloyde Snook, emeritus professor of art; Ed Clemmer, emeritus artist; and Sister Mary Lavey, emeritus professor of art.

"The Art Department is pleased to host an Adams State alumna in the Cloyde Snook Gallery," said Gene Schilling, professor of art. "Kristine is a successful professional artist and has much to share with our current students."

After graduation Kollasch worked at Habitat, Inc., a Tempe, Ariz., design and fabrication firm for 11 years. She quit, because she "loved" the job. "I was never going to 'make it' as an artist unless I committed to it." She credits the design firm experience with her success as an artist for the last 13 years. "In a nutshell, don't let go of your dreams, and learn from all your experiences."

During the artist lecture, Kollasch will draw from her own experience as a professional artist to share with students. "You must be committed to your work, to your craft and be professional about it." She believes creative people need to make the most of every opportunity to learn and grow. She encourages artists to accept critique and apply it if it "feels" right. "Keep painting, sculpting, drawing, singing dancing...whatever is your passion, do it without ceasing."

Kollasch said art is a healthy pure way to express emotion and should be included in all public schools' curriculum. "If we required art, used it for collaborating and for allowing individual self expression we could change the world. As a culture we would become more creative problem solvers, more able to understand that life is a process not a product. We might understand a pie chart better if we were encouraged to draw one, or bake one."

For more information call the Adams State Art Department at 719-587-7823.