Larry Collins (Industrial Design, 1986) exhibition at Fort Hayes
“They That Matter; The Work of Larry Winston Collins
Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery
Reception - September 16 - 6:30 - 8:30
“Prompted by a TIME magazine cover from April 20, 2015, Larry Collins delved into the awareness of events in the United States concerning the shooting of black men and women by police. Deeply moved while reading the magazine, Collins felt these stories of these African American men and women needed to be told and people should honestly take notice of these victims and what these events have to say about our society. Collins reflected back to an exhibition of his work in the mid-1990’s, All For The Cause, where he created 33 portraits, in the collection of the Frank Hale Cultural Center at the Ohio State, of individuals who died during the civil rights movement. Many of those killed were never vindicated, and Collins realized, “the stories of the slain civil rights workers had many characteristics similar to the stories of victims who have experienced police violence.” In ``They That Matter, Collins re-creates 35 individual shrines, illuminating each person who has lost their life; to show the humanity of the victims and that their lives mattered.” Also on exhibit, in the Tower of the Shot Tower and at various campus locations are “Art Unites Cbus” murals which were created to bring messages of hope and healing to Columbus.