An explorer at heart and raised in close proximity to Chicago and New York City, Hollister (Holly) was introduced to art, history and culture early in her life. Since her early youth, she has been drawn to the visual arts. The aesthetics of her home included Orrefors, Steuben, and Kosta Boda glass that her grandparents collected. She was also transfixed by the Hiroshi Yoshida woodblock prints that her father collected in Japan during the Armistice. An early love of Impressionism drew her into the history of the western trading routes with Asia and the influence of Japanese art on western European painting and printmaking. Early travels to Greece brought further exposure to Holly's passion for art and history. 

Holly studied painting and initially attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where she also became immersed in the history of art, and she then went on to receive her BA in art history from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Quite by chance, her early career evolved to researcher at OCLC, Inc., the online database for library card catalogs, rare book librarian at the American Antiquarian Society, and researcher at the Worcester Art Museum and Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

While raising her family in Fresno, California, Holly became an elementary school art educator and also painted landscapes by commission. Moving to Virginia Beach in 2005, she retired from teaching art in high school in 2009. With the intent to find new artistic challenges, she enrolled in a ceramics course at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, where she also began her studies in kilnformed glass with Ali Rogan. Holly has also studied with Paul Marioni, Milon Townsend, Lisa Richardson-Bach, Elizabeth Netts, and ceramics with Courtney Mattison. As a result, she has found herself forever changed by both work in ceramics as well as warm and hot glass processes.

As a painter, Holly is intrigued by the many challenges in coloration of glass, as well as ceramic glazes and surface treatments. She quickly discovered that she could easily apply her knowledge of design principles to her new discoveries in glass fusing and three-dimensional work. She used the influence of her fondness for Delft ceramics in her ceramic work by inlaying porcelain designs from Batik stamps, began to carve Japanese-inspired designs into porcelain stamps that also work well in glass casting, and is now focused on figurative sculpture in porcelain. Holly has an art studio in her home, where she can work in both kilnformed glass and ceramics. Progressing there, she has quickly realized the importance of process versus attachment to any outcome.

EDUCATION:

Single Subject Art K-12 and Multiple Subject K-8 Teaching Credential, California State University Fresno, 2002

BA in Art History, Skidmore College, 1975

Fine Arts, California College of Arts and Crafts, 1971-1972 (now California College of the Arts)

ACTIVITY IN THE ARTS:

  • Member, Glass Arts Society

  • Virginia Glass Guild Board Member: Recording Secretary, 2010-2016

  • Ceramics Studio Assistant, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 2010

  • Member, Potters Council

SHOWS:

  • Virginia Glass Guild Annual Juried Exhibition, Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center, Hampton, VA, 2009-2018

  • Glass Arts Society (GAS) - Virginia Glass Guild Show, Slover Library, Norfolk, VA, 2017

  • "Embracing Narrative: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild", Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA, 2017 - Jurors: Diane Wright, Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass; Chrysler Art Museum and Sheila Giolitti, owner of Mayer Fine Art Gallery

  • "A Year in Review: Works from the MOCA Adult Studio School", Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009-2017

  • Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition, Hampton, VA, 2012-2017

  • Williamsburg Arts Month, Williamsburg, VA 2012

  • Gallery at Cristallo Art Center, Newport News, VA, 2011-2018

  • "Reflections in Glass" Peninsula Glass Guild Show, 2011

AWARDS:

  • Virginia Glass Guild 30th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2017: Second Place for “A Spectrum of Mindful Beings” - Juror, Dr. Jutta-Annette Page, Executive Director of The Barry Art Museum, Norfolk, VA

  • Virginia Glass Guild 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2015: Honorable Mention for "Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Installation View of Ellsworth Kelly: A Retrospective (1996-1997) - Juror, Diane C. Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Art Museum, Norfolk, VA

  • Virginia Glass Guild 27th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2014: Honorable Mention and People's Choice Award for "Hundertwasser Visits Whoville" - Juror, Michael Rogers, Professor, Glass Program, Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts, Rochester, NY

    STUDIES:

  • Powder Printing, with Staci Lynn Smith, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, 2017

  • It's Not a Chandelier, It's a Lighted Sculpture, with Susan Taylor Glasgow, 2017

  • Ceramics Master Class with Courtney Mattison, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 2016

  • FXII-Color Casting Magic with Milon Townsend, 2013 Glass Craft and Bead Expo, Las Vegas, NV

  • The Art of Fusing in Depth with Lisa Richardson-Bach, 2013 Glass Craft and Bead Expo, Las Vegas, NV

  • Ceramics III and IV, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009-present

  • Encaustics Workshop with Karen Eid, MOCA, 2013

  • Hot Casting and Mold Making, Master Class with Paul Marioni, Glass Studio, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, 2012

  • Glass Fusing and Casting with Ali Rogan, Cristallo Artisans, 2011; and MOCA, 2009-2012

  • Glass Fusing, Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, VA - Elizabeth Netts

  • Mold Making Master Class - Glass Casting with Milon Townsend, 2010

  • Ceramics III and IV with Dede Schmidt, MOCA, 2009-present

  • Monotypes with Michelle Barnes, MOCA, 2009

VISUAL ARTS TEACHING PROFESSION:

  • Art Teacher, Tallwood, Frank W. Cox, and Landstown High Schools, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 2005-2009

  • Art Teacher, Department Chair, Wilson Middle School, Chowchilla, CA, 2002-2005

  • Art Education Program Coordinator, Temple Beth Israel, Fresno, CA, 1994-2000

  • Art Specialist and Visual Arts Coordinator, Forkner Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District, 1990-1992