Holly Fischer

CV:


Education

2004      • MFA in Studio Art (Ceramic Concentration), Minor in Women and Gender Studies, 
                  University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

1999      • BA in Studio Art (Sculpture Concentration) Summa Cum Laude, Meredith College,                   Raleigh, NC

 

Awards and Grants

2007      • Josephine Beardsley Sandor Memorial Award, 111th Annual Exhibition, Catharine                   Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The National Arts Club, New York, NY

2005-6  • Marie P. Cowen Fellowship in Ceramics & Artist-in-Residency, Worcester Center                   for Crafts, Worcester, MA

2004      • Sculptor of the Year, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX

2004      • Nominee for Master of Fine Art Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation

2003-4  • Marshall F. Wells Scholarship and Fellowship Endowment in the College of Fine                   Arts, University of Texas at Austin
               • Irving & Jeanette Goodfriend Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Art, University                   of Texas at Austin

2003      • Nominee for Master of Fine Arts Fellowship, Dedalus Foundation

2001-2  • Emily Maverick Miller and Emily Miller Wells Endowed Presidential Scholarship in                    Art, University of Texas at Austin

2001      • Merit Award, People’s Choice Award, Seventh Annual Spring Artists Exhibition,                    Juried Exhibition, Fine Arts League of Cary, Cary, NC
               • First Award, 23rd Annual Raleigh Fine Arts Society Artists Exhibition, Juried                    Exhibition, Raleigh, NC (juried by Miriam Schapiro)

2000-1   • Artist-in-Residency, Meredith College

2000       • Creative Ideas Grant, Meredith College

1999       • Eula Bagwell Jones Endowed Prize, Meredith College
                • Academic Excellence Award, Meredith College
                • Alpha Lambda Delta Maria Leonard Senior Book Award, Meredith College
                • Outstanding Student in Art, Meredith College
                • Louise Ruth Award, Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Meredith College

1995-9   • Honors Scholar, Meredith College
                • Dean’s List, Meredith College
                • A.J. Fletcher Art Scholar, Meredith College
                • Julia Hamlet Harris Scholar, Meredith College

1996-9   • Kappa Nu Sigma Scholastic Honor Society, Meredith College

1998       • Meredith Undergraduate Research Conference Award, Meredith College

1996-8   • Merit Award, Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Meredith College

1995       • Watauga County Arts Council Scholar, Boone, NC

 

Teaching Experience

2008-12• Adjunct Professor: Professional Studio Practices, Senior Exhibition, Portfolio
                  Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional
                  Design, Drawing I, Department of Art, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2011      • Adjunct Professor: Two-Dimensional Design, School of Design, North Carolina                   State University, Raleigh, NC   

2008  
    • Instructor of Ceramics: Tile & Mosaic, Claymakers, Durham, NC
               • Instructor of Ceramics: Enlarging from a Maquette, Pullen Art Center, Raleigh,                   NC

2007-8   • Art Instructor: Drawing, Ceramics, Explore Beyond School, Raleigh, NC

2006-7   • Visiting Artist in Ceramics: Ceramics Foundations, The Figure in Clay, Concepts                    on Fetishism, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2005-7   • Instructor of Ceramics: Figure Sculpture, Independent Explorations in Clay, Teen                    Wheel, Tile and Mosaic, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA

2004-5   • Professor of Foundation Studies: Two-Dimensional Design, Savannah College of                    Art & Design

2003-4   
• Instructor: Three-Dimensional Design, Department of Art and Art History,                    University of Texas at Austin

2001-3   • Teaching Assistant: Beginning Ceramics, Intermediate/Advanced Sculptural                    Ceramics, Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Vessels, Life Drawing,                    Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin

1998-1   • Teaching Assistant: Ceramics, Sculpture, Art History, Dept. of Art, Meredith                    College

1998-9   • Teaching Assistant and Museum Intern, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh,                    NC



Additional Professional Experience

2011       • Visiting Artist, Workshop, and Lecture, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
                • Juror, Gut Feelings: Confessions of a Body Conscious Culture, Looking Glass Gallery,                   Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

2010       • Presenter and Demonstrator, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC
                
• Guest Presenter and Demonstrator, Central Carolina Community College, Siler                   City, NC

2009       • Guest Presenter and Demonstrator, Central Carolina Community College, Siler                   City, NC
                • Sculpture/Installation Judge, Emerging Artists Grant, Durham Art Guild, NC

2008       • Guest Presenter and Demonstrator, Clayworks Guild, Durham, NC 
                
• Workshop and Demonstration, Enlarging from a Maquette, Furini Memorial                    Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Symposium, Meredith College
                • Guest Presenter and Demonstrator, Triangle Potters Guild, Raleigh, NC

2007-8   • Guest Critic, Advanced Photo Processes, Meredith College

2007       • Marketing Mentor, The Business of Art, Meredith College

2004-7   • Commissioned Artist, Carol St. Clair Memorial Sculpture, Class of 1969, Meredith                    College

2002       • Gallery Intern, Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin

2001       • Curator, Faculty Art Exhibition, Frankie G. Weems Gallery at Meredith College
                • Commissioned Artist, Henry-Copeland Art Collection, The University of North                    Carolina at Chapel Hill

2000-1   • Ceramic Technician, Meredith College
                • Commissioned Artist, Creative Research Grant, Meredith College

1999-0   • Assistant Tour Coordinator, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

1998       • Slide Librarian and Art Department Assistant, Meredith College

1997       • Commissioned Artist, Private Patrons (ongoing)

1995-7   • Gallery Assistant, Hands Gallery, Boone, NC
                • Gallery Assistant, Main Street Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC



Selected Exhibitions

2011       • Holly Fischer, Solo Exhibition, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
                • Select: An Art Buying Event, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro,                    NC
                • A Woman’s Place: Artists Exploring their Identity in Society, Greenville, Museum of                    Art, Greenville, NC
                • Mirrored Truths, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
                • Art Papers 12th Annual Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2010       • Black, White, and Easily Red, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC
                • Featured Artist, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
                • NC Clay Invitational, Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
                • Holly Fischer, Solo Exhibition, Central Carolina Community College, Siler City, NC
                • Embodiment, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC
                • The 2010 Alumnae Art Exhibition, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2009       • Figuratively Speaking, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC 
                • Pink Survivors Exhibition, Mims Gallery, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC 
                • Holly Fischer, Solo Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Council, Rocky Mount, NC

2008       
• Featured Artist, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
                • Opening, Sitzer-Spuria Studios, Chapel Hill, NC
                • 54th Annual Juried Art Show, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
                • Featured Artist, Sertoma Art Center, Raleigh, NC
                • Form: Contemporary Sculpture, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC 
                • Featured Artist, Claymakers, Durham, NC
                • Faculty Art Exhibition, Johnson Hall Rotunda, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2007       • Form & Function, M. Street Gallery, Raleigh, NC
                • Inaugural Exhibition, Collection of Lawrence Spiegel, The Udinotti Museum of                    Figurative Art, Paradise Valley, AZ
                • 111th Annual Exhibition, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The National Arts                    Club, New York, NY
                • Featured Artist, Carlton Gallery, Banner Elk, NC

2006       • Form in Translation: A Feminine Perspective of the Third Dimension, Meredith                    College, Raleigh, NC
                • Transformation, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
                • PalmBeach3, represented by 511 Gallery of NYC, Palm Beach, FL

2005       • Deep in the Heart, 511 Gallery, New York City, NY
                • Faculty Exhibition, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
                • Featured Artist, Carlton Gallery, Banner Elk, NC
                • Configuration, The Savannah Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004       • Featured Artist, Main Street Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC
                • Featured Artist, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX
                • MFA II, Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin
                • Featured Artist, D Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

2003       • Murmur, Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin
                • Featured Artist, Main Street Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC

2002       • Jacket, Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin

2001        Faculty Art Exhibition, Frankie G. Weems Gallery at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
                • Seventh Annual Spring Artists Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Fine Arts League of                    Cary, Cary, NC
                • 23rd Annual Raleigh Fine Arts Society Artists Exhibition, Juried by Miriam                    Schapiro, Frankie G. Weems Gallery at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2000       • Twentieth Century Trends by Women Artists, Frankie G. Weems Gallery at                    Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
                • Featured Artist, Main Street Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC
                • Featured Artist, Collective Arts Gallery, Raleigh, NC

1999       • Twelfth Annual Sculpture in the Garden, NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC 
                • Fourteenth Annual Sculpture Celebration, J.E. Broyhill Park, Lenoir, NC
                • Senior Art Exhibition, Gaddy-Hamrick Hall at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

1997       • Meredith Faculty and Student Exhibition, Eagle Gallery, Raleigh, NC

1996-9   • Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Frankie G. Weems Gallery at Meredith                    College, Raleigh, NC



Articles and Reviews

2011       • Frick, Meghan. “Latest exhibit explores body image,” The Appalachian, February 7,                    2011.

2010       • Ohnesorge, Lauren. “Sculpture unveiled at High School,” The Watauga Democrat,                   August 10, 2010

                • Clarey Brian, “Embodiment Transcends Physical Form,” Yes! Weekly, March 10,                    2010.

2007       • Figurative sculpture and clay works at Carlton Gallery,” The Mountain Times,                    September 27, 2007.

2006       • Natale, Michele, Women explore myriad media in Meredith show", The News                    and Observer, November 12, 2006.

2005       • Bos, Monique. Atlanta space explores ‘Configuration.” The Chronicle, March 25,                    2005

2004       • Basravi, Zein. UT Student Gets Award from Umlauf Sculpture Garden.” The Daily                    Texan, April 23, 2004.

                • Dubrow, Aaron. Inside the Competitive World of UT Art.” The Daily Texan, April                    23, 2004.

                • …might be good.” Fluent-Collaborative and Fresh Up Club. Issue 20, March 11,                    2004, II.

                • Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. Three from UT provoke and impress.” Austin                    American-Statesman, March 21, 2004, p. K3.

2002       • Barnes, Michael. CRL Deserves Further Study.” Austin American-Statesman,                   August 4, 2002, p. K3.

                • Duganne, Erina. Jacket.” The Austin Chronicle, July 19, 2002, p. 74.

2001       • Art Briefs.” The News and Observer, March 25, 2001.



Publications

               • 500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books, 2009

     

Collections

               • SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC

               • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

               • Meredith College, Johnson Hall

               • Meredith College, Gaddy-Hamrick, Art Department

               • Meredith College, Belk Hall

               • Self-Portrait Collection, Appalachian Cultural Museum

               • Collection of Rory Parnell, The Collectors Gallery

               • Collection of Lawrence Spiegel

Biography:

Holly Fischer was born in Missoula, Montana, the first child of creative and resourceful parents cultivating their personal forms of artistic expression as part of the back-to-the-land movement of the 70s. Growing up with a skilled woodworker as a father and a professionally successful fiber artist as a mother provided Holly with the tools to foster her own creativity at a very young age.

Art is a second language for Holly; it has been her means for processing and conveying her internal struggle to balance being an intellectually strong and an emotionally vulnerable woman learning to be comfortable in her own skin. Her work explores duality and the spaces in-between perception and reality. She intends for her work to challenge the traditional roles of the observer and the observed with the hope that viewers will contemplate the fears and desires evoked through the act of looking.

Holly Fischer exhibits her work regionally and nationally and has received numerous awards and accolades, including commissioned sculptures for the campuses of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Meredith College. Holly has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Meredith College and is actively creating a new body of work.  

Artist's Website:

http://hollyfischer.com