Thomas Lynn Collins was known as a master artist and craftsman. His one-of-a-kind work has been showcased nationwide from Neiman Marcus to the Jackson Hole Trader catalog. He was well known to Dallas area jewelry designers, such as Andrea Barnett, for his craftsmanship. His work also included intricately carved sculptures of subjects ranging from dragons to angels in stone and fine metals. Tom enriched the community by mentoring art students and teaching them how to carve in wax. In 1999 Tom organized several artists in the community to start the Rockwall Artists League. His family set up the original scholarship fund upon his death, accepting donations in lieu of flowers. The scholarship fund has been continued by the Rockwall Art League in Tom’s memory because of his devotion to the arts and the Rockwall community.
The Rockwall Art League provides a $1000 annual scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing a career in 2-D, 3-D, graphic arts or an art-related field requiring higher education. Eligibility is also available for private and home schooled students within the RISD district boundaries. The scholarship is called the Tom Collins Fine Art Memorial Scholarship.
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