Bruce McColl was born in Waterford, Michigan in 1966. An ice hockey player in his youth, he attended Cranbrook School and received his BA from Brown University in 1988, while competing on the varsity level for both schools. After playing professional ice hockey in Gotland, Sweden, Bruce retired from his life on the ice. In 1994, Bruce was awarded an MFA in painting from Wayne State University where he studied with noted painter Robert Wilbert. Following his graduate studies, Bruce was an instructor of fine art at Tabor Academy, MA, and an instructor of art and art history at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. In 2005, Bruce McColl was appointed the Director of the Currier Museum Art Center. A recent graduate of the National Guild's Community Arts Education Leadership Institute, today Bruce is Director of Art Education at the Currier Museum of Art and Art Center, overseeing educational programs that engage and inspire over 8,000 students each year.
Recently, Bruce's paintings were the subject of two solo exhibitions at AVA in Lebanon, NH, and the Alva de Mars Chapel Art Center, St. Anselm College, in Manchester, NH. In 2012, Bruce and poet Jim McCord were the subject of an exhibition at the Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, New York, featuring works created in collaboration over a 10 year span from 2000-2010. In 2014, Bruce curated "Transforming Lives Through Art: 75 Years at the Currier Art Center" at the Currier Museum of Art, and was the subject of a solo exhibition "Flowers, Orchards and Mountains: Paintings by Bruce McColl" at McGowan Fine Art. In June of 2017, Bruce will be exhibiting new watercolor paintings at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, New Hampshire.
Bruce has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, two Fellowships in Painting from “ArtWorks!” in New Bedford, MA, and two residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. His work is included in the public collections of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH; Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH; and, Union College in Schenectady, NY. Bruce is represented by McGowan Fine Art in Concord, New Hampshire.