Vivien Abrams Collens

Vivien Abrams Collens is a mid-career abstract artist who was born in Cleveland Ohio.

After receiving her BFA at Carnegie Mellon U, and her MFA at Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, she returned to Cleveland where she taught at the Cleveland Museum of Art and headed the media department at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

After achieving regional recognition for her relief painted constructions, she moved to NYC in 1977. She received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Athena Foundation and the Hand Hollow Foundation. Her work from the ‘70s and 80s , created under the name Vivien Abrams, were widely shown in NYC and elsewhere and can be seen in museum and corporate collections.

IN 1985 she married David Collens, and moved to the Hudson Valley.

After raising her family, She exhibited her first sculptures at Gensler’s Rockefeller Center gallery in 2015, In 2017 during a residency at Salem Art Works she learned to weld, and has since focused on welded metal sculpture, concentrating on public art.

Her work can be seen on her website, www. VivienCollens.com and on her instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/viviencollens/

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