From a selected group of more than thirty artists, John Collier was chosen as the chief sculptor for the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero. His four sculptures, representing the patron saints of police, firefighters, and workers, along with St. Mary Magdalene, first witness to the Resurrection, received the prestigious Optimé Award from Ministry and Liturgy and were dedicated by Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, in May of 2005 in memory of those who died on 9/11 and of those who took part in the rescue effort. The works are permanently installed at St. Joseph’s Chapel, adjacent to Ground Zero in New York.
Mr. Collier’s work has been exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Mulvane Museum, the Narthex Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City and at Tatischeff Gallery in New York, the New York Historical Society Museum, Christie's Auction House, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Art Exhibition, the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas, as well as many churches and religious institutions. His work was recently on display at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas and at the Haas Fine Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
Mr. Collier is one of America's most honored Artists. Each year the magazine Faith & Form, in conjunction with IFRAA, the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, present awards for outstanding contributions in faith-based art. In four of the past seven years John Collier has won awards from this prestigious group, namely for his sculptures of the “Annunciation,” “St. Mary Magdalene,” his “Crucifix” and for his “Mary at the Wedding of Cana.” John has also won numerous awards from Ministry & Liturgy magazine including three in 2008.
He has received over twenty Gold and Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and he has received numerous awards from arts institutions of higher learning. He was honored as the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas. He has lectured at Syracuse University, Art Center College of Design, Pratt Institute, Smithsonian Institute, the University of Delaware, and at many other of this Nation's most recognized institutions of Art.
Some of his clients have included: Atlantic Monthly, Bell Atlantic, C.B.S., Catholic Health Services, Conde Nast Publications, Forbes Magazine, New York City Ballet, New York Times, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall Texas, Oscar de la Renta, Catholic Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Random House Publishing, Walt Disney Productions, Time Magazine, St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in McKinney TX, and DeBeers Diamonds.
While much of his life has been spent making art for the world's major secular institutions and for private collectors, John is now devoting himself to painting and sculpting for the church.