2022 AMPLIFY WINNER: Alice Stone Collins

The latest AMPLIFY outdoor mural installation at the Spruill Gallery, titled “The Forest for the Trees” by Alice Stone Collins was revealed to attendees of Spirits for Spruill, held on Saturday, October 15 to showcase the latest in the AMPLIFY mural series. 

Alice Stone Collins’ design for the space on the Spruill Smokehouse wall is informed by her proximity to wildfires in Georgia and Colorado, including having to evacuate her family with thousands of others due to one Colorado fire. In her work, Alice describes “contrasting energies of calm and chaos.”

She says that while the colors draw you in, they also reveal a synthetic world that threatens the natural world. She lauds the natural beauty that surrounds us in metro Atlanta, and hopes that people reflect on the placement of the brightly colored “The Forest for the Trees” mural as an appeal to greater preservation beyond the historic Spruill Gallery Grounds


Meet the Artist

Alice Stone Collins

Artist Bio:

Alice Stone-Collins is an artist living in Atlanta, GA where she is a faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College. Her intricate hand-painted collages highlight the tensions between the mundane, the everyday, and the apparent dead.

Alice earned her MFA in studio art from the University of Tennessee and has exhibited her work regionally and nationally. She has been a resident artist at KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft) based out of Louisville, Kentucky and the David and Julia White Artist Colony in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.

Alice has been featured on Studio Break and The Artists Mother Podcast and her work published as the cover art for Aurora, The Allegory Ridge Poetry Anthology. She was also a finalist for the Jean-Claude Reynal Scholarship among other honors and awards


In 2020, Spruill Gallery introduced AMPLIFY, an annual creative placemaking project on the Spruill Gallery grounds meant to engage the community through vibrant public art installations and to support working artists and the art economy.  Mid-year, a national Call to Artists is announced and three finalists are chosen from the pool. In August, the AMPLIFY Selection Committee makes its final selection.  However, the winning artist and entry are kept under wraps until the Spirits for Spruill event in October at which time the mural in revealed.

The installation site is located on the side of the historic “Smoke House” facing the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Meadow Lane Road.  The AMPLIFY award includes a $5000 cash prize and is selected by committee from among entrants from Georgia and across the country

Questions?  Contact Spruill Gallery Director, Jennifer Price at