100 Colorado Creatives: Collin Parson

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#60: Collin Parson

Collin Parson grew up among artists, helping his father, the prominent Colorado sculptor Charles Parson, in the studio and experiencing the milieu as a firsthand observer and eventual participant. But as an adult, the younger Parson stands in nobody's shadow, working as a light-installation artist and the current gallery curator at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.

See also:
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Joe Riche
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Kate Petley
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Amber Cobb

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In a short time, he's already received critical kudos for several major shows at the center, including the far-reaching and immense Art of the State, which he co-curated with Dean Sobel of the Clyfford Still Museum. Parson also somehow still finds time to show as a member of Pirate: Contemporary Art, and was showcased in the retooled McNichols Building's inaugural gallery shows last fall.

This accomplished young man has nowhere to go but up, and his unique expertise in regard to who's who in the regional art world is a treasure chest that opens its lid with every new exhibition he stages at the Arvada Center. Because we figured he had something to say about the state of the state's art community, we asked Parson to answer our 100CC quiz; read on to learn more.

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Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Collin Parson: I would create an Einstein on the Beach type of performance/installation. I would like composers Alvin Lucier or Steve Reich to create the "sounds," with Isamu Noguchi as the designer and Kurt Vonnegut as the guy we hang out with after to celebrate. We would create a piece that would combine elements of all media, and the viewer would be the "actor." (Like how I threw Vonnegut in there?)

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

James Turrell: He is everywhere right now -- the Guggenheim, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His Roden Crater Project is literally out of this world. Being one of my favorite artists, I find it wonderful that someone historically so important continues to explore his "art and meaning" while continuing to stay fresh and vibrant.

Continue reading for more from Collin Parson.


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