Vivien Abrams Collens

Profile Updated: December 20, 2017
Vivien Abrams
Residing In: CORNWALL ON HUDSON, NY USA
Spouse/Partner: David Collens
Homepage: www.viviencollens.com
Occupation: artist currently focusing on public art and sculpture
Children: Stephanie, born 1987. Rachel , born 1991
Vivien Abrams

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

I keep in touch with Susan Cole, Lesley Dormen, Evie Bramen, Paige Fields Hoebel, and my cousin, Dede Abrams Atkins. would like to communicate with others.

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After Art School (Carnegie Mellon U), I lived in Mexico for 2 years, and got my MFA; then returned to Cleveland and worked at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In 1977 I moved to NYC to further my art career. In 1985 I met my husband , who is Director of Storm King Art Center; we married that year and had 2 daughters who are now 27 and 23 .
We are both very active in our respective professions.
We had an amazing trip to China last fall.
I think I would have enjoyed the last reunion more if I had been able to connect with people first via the internet. I enjoy communicating with classmates, even if I didn't know them well. There were many I admired and would have liked to have known better.

School Story:

Shaker had a great reputation . I was always proud to say I went there, and still feel that way.
Senior year was very difficult for me, as my father died unexpectedly on Sept. 16th. We were very close . Kennedy's assassination reopened the pain of an unexpected loss. I became depressed and withdrawn, feeling a gulf between myself and others. My dad had encouraged me to become an artist, and pursuing art seemed like the best way to memorialize him. Instead of study hall I took extra art classes. The teacher Mr. Jeffries, was good but only supported the boys in the class because "they would have to support a family one day"

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Feb 02, 2018 at 9:23 PM

hope you had a great birthday Amy!

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Dec 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Posted on: Dec 20, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Pleased to share that I installed 2 public sculptures this year. The one on the left is
Froebel's Gifts: energized cube.; 16'H, painted aluminum. .a commission for the permanent collection of the Kenner Sculpture Garden in New Orleans.
On the right is Kenergy. 18" H, a site specific installation at the Cary Hill Sculpture Park in Salem, NY.
I would love to do a piece in Cleveland.
Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Posted on: Feb 23, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Hi Susan, Happy belated birthday from an old friend

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Posted on: Feb 02, 2017 at 6:32 PM

hi Amy, hope you had a great birthday. let me know next time you viist NYC!

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Dec 19, 2015 at 6:07 PM

Hope you had a great birthday!

Jul 27, 2015 at 6:59 AM

HI Evie, Thank you for meeting me for lunch Saturday. Loved talking with you -the time went so quickly! I was impressed with all your community involvement and appreciative of the work on our class reunion. Look forward to attending the next one!

Jul 03, 2015 at 9:03 AM

look forward to seeing you tomorrow in Copenhagen!

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Jul 20, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Posted on: Jun 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM

I will be in Cleveland July 23-25. Would love to see classmates, tour Shaker, see some sights! If anyone would like to meet Thursday 7/23 or Saturday 7/25. please email vcollens@aol.com

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Posted on: May 29, 2015 at 11:13 PM

It was great to see Joe Blake, and meet his lovely daughter Meredith, at the reception for my exhibit Wednesday! Joe is in the blue blazer/pink shirt. My husband David is in the blue shirt/tan blazer.

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May 26, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Posted on: May 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

Dear Classmates,
if you are in New York City this summer , please visit
Rockefeller Center to see
a solo exhibit of my recent work, Urban Studies & City Blocks,
details on my website www.viviencollens.com

if you let me know when you are coming I will try to meet meet you there.
845 551-9160

Aug 05, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I had so hoped to see you and am concerned that you were not there. Hope to hear from you soon. Paige Fields Hoebel, 303/883/4711, paige.hoebel@comcast.net.

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Jul 27, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Hi Harriet, I was hoping you would be checking in. Would love to catch up with you.

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Jun 08, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Posted on: Jul 05, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Hi Amy, I have nice memories of our friendship. Sorry I won't see you at the reunion.

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