Kim Collmer is an interdisciplinary artist working with painting, sculpture, and video. Currently living in Cologne, she grew up in both the US and Germany. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Sculpture. Here she developed her first animations combined with installation. Since then, she has expanded her work to include collage and painting.

Collmer has taught at the School of the Art Institute, the University of Arts Berlin and the University of Arts Bremen, among others. She has screened her films worldwide including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Arsenal Cinema in Berlin, Tricky Women Animation Festival in Vienna, and many years of screening and curating at the Directors Lounge Film Festival in Berlin. Her artwork has been shown in North America, Europe, and Australia, notably at White Columns in New York. Her animations have described as having "an epic sweep" by the New York Times and she has been compared to Alexander Calder for her films' childlike charm by the New Yorker.

olympic mountains

olympic mountains, paint, punchcard, dimensions variable, 2019



MFA, Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001
Post-Baccalaureate, Art & Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

Solo exhibitions and screenings(selected)
2021 Carried Landscapes- curated conceptual exhibition at the Quartier am Hafen with over 60 artists
2020 Solo Film Presentation, Directors Lounge, Berlin
2019 Spaces real or imagined, Q18 Galerie, Cologne
2017 Lines dividing…, Q18 Galerie, Cologne
2017 Solo Film Presentation, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
2016 Conquering Place, Q18 Galerie, Cologne

Film Presentations and Festivals- Selection 2022-2007
Happy Valley Film Festival, Award Finalist / Best Animation Audience Award, Ce l'ho Corto Film Festival, Bologna / Lausanne Underground Film Festival / Citric Signals / Independent Days 21 International Filmfestival in Karlsruhe / G Underground Film Festival / Festival Miden, Greece / Stockholm Experimental Animation Festival / Geelong International Film Festival / Federation Square, Melbourne/ Anthology Film Archives, New York- AWX Screening / Dortmunder Tresen Festival / Animationen- Loops and Projections, Kunstverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf / Ann Arbor Film Festival/ The Screening Room, Solo Presentation, Temporary Gallery, Köln / Artist Television Access, San Francisco / College Arts Association, Chicago Cultural Center / Tricky Women Animation Festival, Vienna / Lange Nacht den Museen, Düsseldorf Filmmuseum / Directors Lounge Film Festival, Berlin / Iota Center, UCLA, Los Angeles / Loop Festival, Barcelona / Trampoline Urban Screens: BBC Screens; Glastonbury Festival; Melbourne City Center; Nottingham; Tokyo / Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition / University of Chicago / 20th Instants Video Festival, Aix-en-Provence, France / Némo: International Biennial of Digital Arts, Paris

Group Exhibitions- Selection 2022-2007
Human Resources, Los Angeles / Art Piq Showroom, Susanne Neuberg Gallery Duesseldorf / Wasser, Bethlehem Kirche, Meerbusch / Schaufenster, Berlin / KUNSTHALLE, Weißensee, Berlin / Mentoring Program Exhibition, Universität der Künste, Berlin / Köln um halb acht, Temporary Gallery, Köln / Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin / Bronx Art Space, New York / Surface Tension: the Museum, Kitchener, Canada; World Science Festival, Eyebeam, New York; Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin / Newton Art Center, Massachusetts / Museum of New Art, Detroit / Tracing Mobility, Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin / Temporary Space, Houston / Gallery 801, New York / Boot’s Contemporary Arts Space, St. Louis / Post-Cinema, RMIT University, Melbourne / Arizona Museum for Youth, Tucson / Platform Animation Festival, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, Portland

Awards and Honors (selected)
2020-25 Städtische Atelier / City Studio, Kulturamt, Köln
2019 Best Animation, Geelong Intl' Film Festival, Australia
2019 Second Place, Bilderbeben Film Festival, Bielefeld, Germany
2016 Städtische Atelier / City Studio, Kulturamt, Köln
Kultur und Schule, Film und Neue Medien, NRW
2015 Mentoringprogramm, Universität der Künste, Berlin
2012 Artists with Children, 5000 Euro Grant, Frauenkultur Büro & Ministry of Culture, NRW, Germany
2007 1. Preise, Flik International Festival of Moving Images
2005 Nominee, Rockefeller Film & Video Grant
2001 Albert Murray Fellowship
1998 Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1992 Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

Arise, Shine, 2021 / Eröffnung mit Rhein, music video, 2020/ Too Big to See, experimental, 2020 / Conquering Place, experimental, 2019 / Der Dicke Heinrich (Big Heinrich), animation, 2019/ Silver Seeds, animation, 2018 / The Conversation, experimental, 2013/ Almost There, experimental, 2013/ Headroom, animation, 2011 / the Lighthouse, experimental, 2011 / the Water that Danced, experimental, 2010 / Postcards from the Deep, experimental/ animation, 2010 / Danger in the Streets of the Sky, VJ set, 2007 / Berlin Skin, animation, 2007 / the Pin Ups, experimental, 2007 / Camera in a Glass Bowl, experimental, 2007 / Lichtwelten, experimental, 2006/ Pod, experimental/ animation, 2006 / The Fold, animation, 2005 / Mercury Moon, animation,2001 / Stars of the Lid, animation, 2001 / Warm Jets, animation, 2000 / Portal, animation,1999 / Big Sky, experimental,1999


CONTACT: mail(at), Atelier located at Quartier am Hafen




All images and content copyright Kim Collmer unless linked to an outside source such as a film festival.