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Up to the now.

I did apply for 2 grants this summer but one was not for the guggenheim that one was to much for me at the time. I was in Spain and not thinking about paper work of any kind. I think the other one is going to happen it’s from the state… Yes, I went to Spain on one of the bolaric island. It was awesom hung out on beaches snorkled for the 1st time did some site seeing via train.

I’ve been in a few shows this summer and the start of the fall. One was at Oak Park Art League, artXposium 2.0, and another show in Fort Myers that is going up rt. now titled, Gardenfresh Artist. I keep forgetting the name of the University it’s at. I have a few things on the horizon but will talk about those later.

Dry Dock


Orb Flowers


Painting time

I’m painting again not that I stopped but there is a little more time.  I’ve been ripping out a ceiling  and  tearing out a carpet still have staples to remove from the floor but thats simple and not dusty.  I’m painting for a show this fall in Florida and I am putting together a few proposals and grants too don’t want to say to much more on those just for jinxes but here are 2 grants due soonish.


September 1, 2008
Artists Fellowships
State of Illinois Recognizes and Rewards Artistic Talent
The Artists Fellowship Program operates on a two-year rotating cycle. The following discipline categories are being accepted for this application cycle (FY09): Interdisciplinary/Computer Arts, Music Composition, Photography, Poetry, and Visual Arts. New for FY09: Online Applications! Check the IAC website in mid-July for application instructions and materials. 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial foundation

Preview Year 5 at CKFA, opens March 29th

Hey all…. i’ve got some paintings at CKFA in Brooklyn, show opens Sat 29th, so if you’re in NYC for Armory try and make it out to the show!!

CKFA Presents:
Preview Year Five
March 29 – April 13, 2008
Reception for the Artist: Saturday March 29 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm
121 Roebling Street (at the corner of North 5th) Brooklyn NY 11211
Bedford Ave L train Stop
Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 7:00 pm or by appointment
Admission is free to the public phone : 917-650-3760

For Immediate Release:
CKFA is pleased to announce the advent of our fifth year with Preview Year Five, a glimpse of the artists we are exhibiting throughout 2008. With over 11 exhibitions slated at CKFA our full schedule of events includes the artists, BiPolArt, The Yum Yum Factory, Daniel Edwards, Brian Leo, Jonny Fenix, Ray Sell, James Turek, Lisa Kuppinger, Jerry Foust, Chris Georgalas, Nick Dyball, Holly Holmes, Scott Ferguson, Ezra Talmatch, Shawn Bishop-Leo,
Burtonwood & Holmes.

Review of Distress in New City

Great review in New City this week———–

“HOLLY HOLMES, “Distress,” painting. Holly Holmes’ exhibition, “Distress,” highlights the contrasts between nature and industry, between utopia and ruin, and how destruction is both grimly and playfully portrayed. Rolling green hills and a mountain’s dark shadow contrast with a bright orange sunset, while lava-spewing volcanoes, a rust-colored factory and several skyscrapers interrupt the idyllic scene. Disproportionate spacing between objects purposefully accentuates the unnatural forces at work. Even more apocalyptic is a cluster of nuclear cooling towers sitting on a dark brown landscape. Industrial pollution fills the turquoise sky with specks of gray and black, while pea green and burgundy hues line the inside of the tower. In other paintings, nature takes on ironic, artificial and human characteristics. Knots in tree stumps look like polka dots, particularly when shaded violet or green. Fish swimming above oil drums and beer bottles appear to wear lipstick. White herons wearing red-haired wigs stand with legs crossed atop melting icebergs. Holmes’ plunge into dystopia proves to be oddly comical. Illustrated interruptions of ideal landscapes relate anxiety about the real world. (Ben Broeren)”

DISTRESS, photos from opening

Installation shots online at flickr click here: /photos/hollyholmes/sets/72157603843126816/

Distress, new work

Opening Feb 1st, 2008 from 6 - 10pm
February 1 - March 1, 2008

Gallery hours Fri & Sat 12 - 5pm
or by appointment

119 N. Peoria, Suite 3D
Chicago, IL, 60607

New website

Hi everyone i have a new website that shows off some paintings i’ve been working on. Click on the paintings link to the left to take a look, they’re not all uploaded yet but soon enough we’ll have more images to look at. I’m going to have some work up in the project space at GARDENfresh in FEb 08 i’ll update about that asap,

love Holly


Severance, Acrylic on watercolor paper, 11.25 x 11.25 inches, 2007