The Colin Chase Sculpture Fund

In Loving Memory of Professor Colin Chase

The Department of Art at The City College of New York is grateful for contributions toward the Colin Chase Sculpture Fund to support Sculpture at CCNY and for CCNY Art Students studying sculpture. 

Prof. Colin Chase taught Sculpture at The City College for over 30 years. His positive impact on generations of students and our learning community-at-large is immeasurable. Prof. Chase was always guided by kindness and generosity; every day he aimed to make life just a little bit better for all he encountered. He did so as a friend, a teacher, a colleague, a chair, and as an artist.

Prof. Chase was a highly accomplished sculptor who used a variety of materials and devices to encourage contemplation. In his works, ideas, forms, and textures are synergistically juxtaposed and nestled in incongruent combinations that challenge formal spatial logic. As he stated: “my work is an ongoing investigation carried out over thirty years into the myriad ways we identify and communicate. Peruvian Nazca Lines, cave paintings, and ancient pictographic writing systems have long captivated me, as do contemporary innovations like Morse, barcodes and emoticons.”  

Colin Chase_tirips esuoh prototype

Colin Chase, tirips esuoh, 2021, mahogany, birch, pine, brass, steel, LED. Installation dimensions variable. “TATTARRATTAT” exhibition view, Jane St. Art Center, Saugerties, NY. ©Colin Chase. Photograph by Chris Kendall.


He was a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient. Prof. Chase is represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York. His work has been included in one person and group exhibitions in several galleries and museums including The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, EXIT Art, Cinque Gallery, Smack Mellon Gallery,  Kenkeleba Gallery, the Hudson River Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands, the Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY, Purchase, NY, and The Fine Arts Center, Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. His work has been featured in numerous reviews in the New York Times, as well as in art journals, including Art Papers MagazineReview Magazine, and Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art. Prof. Chase was a resident at the Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Longwood Studios, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY. His work is included in private and public collections, such as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Prudential Life Insurance Company, AT&T, The New School, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the University at Albany Fine Art Museum Collections, and the Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo. He received public commissions for Queens Hospital, sponsored by The Department of Cultural Affairs, NY, DASNY, The New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the Percent for Art Program, as well as the Malcolm X Memorial, Percent for Art Program, sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and NY City Economic Development Corporation.

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Last Updated: 12/20/2022 10:05