Visual Artist: Photography; term
Colleen Woolpert explores the meaning of vision—from visual perception itself to abstract concepts like imagination, wonder, and doubt—through photography, video, and interactive objects and installations. Motivated by her foundational experiences as an identical twin and her twin’s lack of depth perception, her projects have included stereograph exhibitions, collaborations with blind artists, and becoming an inventor, among other pursuits. www.colleenwoolpert.com
Originally from West Michigan, Colleen has a BA from Western Michigan University and MFA from Syracuse University. In 2016 she returned to Kalamazoo for an artist residency and solo exhibition at Makeshift, and stayed on. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, (Washington D.C.), Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA), Schneider Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI), among other venues. Colleen has taught photography for over a dozen years, most recently in Kalamazoo at WMU, KVCC, and the KIA. She holds a patent for the TwinScope Viewer, which has been acquired internationally by collectors and institutions such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Hamilton College, and Stiftelsen Lillehammer Museum (Norway).