Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Kim Collmer is an animator and artist based in Cologne, Germany. Her work focuses on the moving image, drawing and collage. Her animations have been described as having "an epic sweep" by the New York Times and she has been compared to Alexander Calder for her films' childlike charm by the New Yorker.

She earned her MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BA from the University of Washington with a dual major in Art History and German Area Studies. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College in Chicago and the University of Applied Arts in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany. She is currently teaching at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen (University of the Arts), Germany and recently taught at the Universität der Künste, Berlin.

As a practicing artist she has exhibited her work and films worldwide, including White Columns, New York, the Arsenal in Berlin, and the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, with reviews published in the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine. She focuses on landscapes both fantastical and real. Some of her landscape work deals with miniature synthetic environments, while her more recent work has dealt with architectural textures and forms, drawing upon both historical and personal influences.

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MFA, Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001

Selected Exhibitions

Two person exhibition with Lars Kreyssig, Quartier am Hafen, Cologne
Two person exhibition with Jennifer Hope Davy, Quartier am Hafen, Cologne
"Power-Play" Schaufenster, Berlin
"rien ne va plus" KUNSTHALLE Hamburger Platz, Berlin
12 Seconds Max, the Factory, Seattle
Past Perfect Future Tense, GAZE Film Series, ATA, San Francisco
24hrz Festival, Altes Pfandhaus, Live Video Performance
Koeln um halb Acht, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
Synthetic Zero Event, Bronx Art Space, New York
New Media Caucus 10 Year Anniversary Video Programme: curated by Heather Darcy
Something bigger than the space can contain, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin
THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Ontario
Wild at Heart, Directors Lounge Film Festival, Berlin
Lange Nacht den Museen, Dusseldorf Film Museum
Tricky Women Animation Festival, Documentary Animations, Vienna
Shortcutz Film, Nominee, Best Documentary Short, Berlin
Surface Tension, World Science Festival, Eyebeam, New York
Tracing Mobility, Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin
Artistic Mediums, Newton Art Center, Newton, Massachusetts
Tracing Mobility: Open Platform, Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin
Surface Tension, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
PHOTO, Kantine, Berlin
Back to Paradise, Kunst im Hafen, Duesseldorf
Graefrather Lichtzauber, Galerie ArtEck, Solingen
Total Darkness, Apartment Gallery, Berlin
Now is the Time, Temporary Space, Houston
Plastic Summer, Gallery 801, New York
One Night Stand, sub-art Institute for Contemporary Art, Razanj, Croatia
Artistic Mediums: Revelations of the Invisible, Museum of New Art, Detroit
Boot's Contemporary Arts Space, St. Louis
Post-Cinema, RMIT University, Melbourne
Underwater Exhibition, Arizona Museum for Youth, Tucson
69 Street Gallery, "The Launch"- Voyeur Video Collective, Melbourne
Platform Animation Festival, Installation Animation, Portland, Oregon
University of Arts, Vision Creates Future, Aachen, Germany

Selected Film Screenings

the Grocery, Serandes for Science, Seattle
"the Screening Room"- solo presentation and lecture, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
Tricky Women Animation Festival
Shortcutz, Berlin
Directors Lounge Film Festival, Berlin
Liminal Loopholes, Directors Lounge, Berlin
Directors Lounge, Berlin
Iota Center, the City, UCLA, Los Angeles
Loop Festival, Barcelona
England BBC Screens
Glastonbury Festival, England
Monumental, Directors Lounge, Berlin
Our Friends Are Electric, Trampoline Urban Screens, Melbourne City Center
Reality Check, LACE, Los Angeles
Parkhaus, cuated by Art Office L.A., screening at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf
Directors Lounge, Berlin
Flik Film Festival, Washington D.C. (Best in Show)
Do Billboards Dream of Electric Screens, Trampoline, Nottingham, England
Not Still Art Festival, New York
"Closer" MID_E Festival, Spain
Directors Lounge, Berlin
University of Chicago, Film Studies Center
20th Instants Video Festival, Aix-en-Provence, France

Kunst und Kultur in der Schule, City of Cologne, 2016-17
Universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin, Mentoring Program, 2015-2016
City Supported Studio, Kulturamt, Köln, 2016
Artists with Children Grant worth 5,000 Euro, Frauenkultur Büro & Ministry of Culture, NRW, Germany, 2012
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
1. Preise, Flik International Festival of Moving Images, 2007
Nominee, Rockerfeller Film & Video Grant, 2005
Nippon Steel Presidential Award, 1998-99, 2000-01
Albert Murray Fellowship, 2001
Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
Golden Key National Honor Society
Lambda Rho Honors Society, Abteilung Kunstgeschichte, Univ. of Washington,
Delta Phi Alpha Honor Society, Abteilung Germanistik, Univ. of Washington

Creative Capital, „On Our Radar“ 4. 2015                   
Koelner Galerien, 6.2014
Kölner Stadtrevue, 6.2014
Animated Documentaries, Der Standard, Vienna, Andrea Heinz, März 2013                                        
Berliner Morgenpost, Directors Lounge, 13.2.2006
Almost There, Catalog, 2013  
Back to Paradise, Catalog, 2011                                            
Slobodna Dalmacija Newspaper, sub-art, Croatia, 8.2010
Subart: 10 Jahre Catalog, 2006
Unstrung, the Bead in Contemporary Art, Ausstellungskatalog, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Australia, 2005
Icono Duel, Stray Show Assesment, 2004                   
Mouth to Mouth Magazine,  Chicago, Spring 2003
New York Times, Ken Johnson, 31.5.2002        
New York Times, Last Chance, 6.6.2002
New Yorker, Review, 27.5.2002               
Houston Press, I Hate My HGTV, 2002
Graduation Catalog, SAIC, 2001              
Bliss, Exhibition Catalog, 2000
3 Acres on the Lake, University of Chicago Press, 2002

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