As an illustrator, story teller, film director, and exploratory rock climber, Jeremy Collins' repertoire is vast.
His illustrative art has been featured in 115 issues of Rock and Ice as Senior Illustrator, 45 issues of Alpinist Magazine, numerous how-to books and used as imagery throughout the adventure and outdoor industry for product lines including designing a line of climbing shoes.
His watercolor map work has served as a cover of National Geographic Magazine, including a series on the 8000 Meter peaks, as well as mapping the migration patterns of endangered animals for the Freedom to Roam Campaign, the cover of the Patagonia catalog, and numerous personal pieces highlighting his favorite wild places.
Via his fundraising efforts, Collins has helped raise thousands of dollars for pediatric brain cancer research, The Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and water.org among other non-profits. He currently serves as a Section Chair for the American Alpine Club, on the board for the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, and as a team member of Rios Libres- fighting for halting the dam project in Patagonia, Chile. In Venezuela, he and his team delivered solar power to the Yunek village and then returned a year later to enhance it. Collins then spent two days in the village doing creative art projects with the children.
In the past he has served as a board member for Films For Youth, as President of The Kansas City Climbing Club and as an Adjunct Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. In his home town of Kansas City, he has received KC Magazines “100 Most Influential Citizens of 2013” for his drawing in response to the Sandy Hook massacre.
As a film-maker he takes his illustrative work and combines it with animation and live action footage with his studio mates at ThreeHouse to create soulful adventure+life short films that have brought him numerous awards and attention. His film/stage production “The Wolf & The Medallion” won the Banff Center’s Creative Excellence Award, and 5 Point Film Festivals Best of The Fest.
On the rock he has pioneered over 300 new routes in the United States. He has climbed extensively internationally with notable first ascents in Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, and China. He has received a team Copp-Dash inspire award for his efforts as well as the Make Your Own Legends award.
He is currently working on his multi-year project called “Up Down Out & Back” in which he tells stories from the four directions using his first ascent climbs as a platform to explore universal ideas of purpose and finding direction.
Collins is father to Zion Ray and Sela Muir with his wife, Tricia.
COMMERCIAL CLIENTS INCLUDE:
National Geographic Magazine, Nat Geo TV, Wall Street Journal, TedEd, Outside, Patagonia, The North Face, prAna, Outdoor Research, Evolv, Rock & Ice, Trail Runner, Alpinist, Mammut, Mountaineers Books, Sharp End Books, Houghton Mifflin, Sender Films, Educational Communications Board, The Kansas City Zoo, MMGY worldwide, Bernstein Rein and others.
• KC MAGAZINE- Top 100 Influencers In Kansas City, 2013
• Best Animated Film- Boulder Adventure Film Festival, 2003
• Honored Finalist- 5 Point Film Fest, 2010
• Honored Finalist- Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 2010
• Honored Finalist- Banff Film Festival, 2010
• Best Film of The Festival- 5 Point Film Fest, 2011
• Award For Creative Excellence- Banff Film Festival, 2011
• Make Your Own Legends Award- Adventure Film Fest 2011
• Jonny Copp Foundation Award- 2011
• Honored Finalist- Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, 2012
• Honored Finalist-5 Point Film Festival 2012• Copp Dash Inspire Award, 2012
• Honored Finalist- Trento Film Festival, Italy, 2012
• Honored Finalist- Vancouver Film Festival, 2012
• Honored Finalist- Adventure Film Festival, 2012
• Honored Finalist- Banff Film Festival 2012