Denver native Collin Parson currently serves as the Director of Galleries and Curator for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Arvada, Colorado and is a former member at the historic Pirate: Contemporary Art cooperative and recently finished up his artist residency at RedLine Denver. An arts administrator, artist, curator and designer he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design and Technology with emphasis in Lighting and Scene Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master in Arts in Visual Culture and Arts Administration from Regis University in Denver. His creative work involves the control of light and color to create vivid geometric light and space works. He has had the privilege of jurying many arts festivals and exhibitions and has received many awards and recognition for his curatorial projects. He was awarded 100 Colorado Creatives by Westword magazine in 2013 and featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyle magazine. Parson is the son of Colorado sculptor Charles Parson, whose experience with the regions arts community helped Collin long before his professional career began. Growing up in a family of artists, Collin is proud to be continuing the educational and creative traditions.
Parson's current curatorial project is Double Exposure and James Milmoe from January 19 - March 26, 2017 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Artistically, he recently installed his first public art commission Cascading Light at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO and his next public art piece is being installed at the Dairy Block development in LoDo in Denver, CO.
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The goal of my art is to push the viewer beyond everyday limits of perception, assisting one in discovering an informed awareness of this captured beauty. Incorporating nature (light) with the geometric gesture, I hope to achieve a spiritual meditative experience. Experience…An ethereal knowledge on which one could inscribe his or her own specific experience(s). I achieve this by using fluorescent and light emitting diodes with the inclusion of colored gel, controlling these combined elements help capture the vivid demonstrations of the principles of geometrics, light, space, color, and dimension. It’s time to give light the primary role, rather than the secondary, supportive role. My work expresses the fascination about one of the purest artistic and scientific mediums. “Stand back and suspend all judgment and to try to grasp things and ideas with a kind of primal intuition.” (Axel Madsen). “The intention of a phenomenal art is simply the gift of seeing a little more today than you did yesterday”-Robert Irwin.