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Holly Sumner
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in science and nature, observation and collecting. Scientific texts, natural history compendiums and field guides of every sort are the sources of my imagery and inform the structure, composition and color of my drawings and paintings. The drawings with seaweed refer directly to the practice of collecting and pressing plants. In other drawings and paintings, programs for controlling instrumentation and analyzing data float with imagery of microscopic ocean organisms culled from old text books. The presentation on uncradled wood hung by leather cords was inspired by alter pieces and icons.

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1999 Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO “Denatured”
1997 Boulder Museum for Contemporary Art, CO “Natural Abstraction: Holly Sumner - Paradise as Site”
1992 Skep Gallery, New York, NY “Holly Sumner: Paintings”
1984 City Spirit Gallery, Denver, CO “Holly Sumner, Phillip Wofford”
Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO “Messengers”
Unicorn Gallery, Aspen, CO

2011 Kentler International Drawing Space, “The Kentler Flatfiles @ 21”
2009 The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI, “Slow News International”
2008 Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY, “Friends”
ArtNow, (Fair) Broadthinking, New York, NY

Rule Modern and Contemporary, Denver, CO
2007 ASLO, The Influence of Planktonic Form in Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Institute for Psychoanalytical Research, New York, NY
2005 d.u.m.b.o Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY “Human Scale” curated by Doug Bohr
Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland “The Trunk Show”
Women's Library, London Metropolitan University “The Trunk Show
Stellar Union, Southampton, NY
2004 d.u.m.b.o Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY “Up and Off the Wall” curated by Donald Sultan
Rubin Museum of Art “The Flag Project”
2003 Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA “Artists Respond To War”
2000 Exit Art, New York, NY “Choices”
1999 MMC Gallery, New York, NY “Animal Lives”
1998 Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA “Death & Desire Show”
1997 Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY “Edge of Chaos” curated by John Torreano
1996 Gray Matters, Dallas, TX “Drawing from New York”
1995 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY “Under Glass”
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburg, PA “Like Young: 12 New York Painters” curated by Ingrid Schaffner
1995 Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY “Green Piece”
1994 Ellsworth Public Library, Maine “Emerging New York Artists”
1993 Artists Space, New York, NY “Artists Select”
1993 The Drawing Center, New York, NY “The Return of the Cadavre Exquis”
1992 Skep Gallery, New York, NY “Suzanne Bocanegra, Kellie Murphy, Holly Sumner”
1991 MMC Gallery, Marymount College, New York, NY “In Memory of Nature”
1988 Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT
1986 Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY
1986 Denver Art Museum “Alliance for Contemporary Art Exhibit”
Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO “A Colorado Landscape Painters Show”
1985 Aspen Museum of Art, CO “Colorado Landscape: New Directions”
1984 Denver Art Museum “Colorado Biennial”


Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY


Schubert, Lisa; Winchester, Simon; Paul, Katherine Anne. The Flag Project. (New York, NY) 2007. p 145, 188
Smith, Craig. “Making a mountain out of a micro-organism” Pasatiempo (Santa Fe,NM) Feb 2-8,2007, pp.40-42
Paglia, Michael.”Place Settings”Westword,(Denver,CO) March 11-17,1999, p.59
Chandler, Mary.”Critcs’ Choice: Art”,Denver Rocky Mountain News, Sunday Feb 14,1999, p.31
Heath, Jennifer. “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary”, Boulder Planet, June 25, 1997, p.4C
Anon. “From the Big Apple”, The Dallas Morning News, Nov 15, 1996, guide p. 44
Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: Artists ‘Select’ Part 1”, The New York Times, Jan 7,1996, p. C23
Clurman, Irene. “Eye on Art: Colorado landscape artists exhibit variety of styles”,
Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), Jan 17, 1986, p. 7W
Glenn, Reed. “Ten artists offer landscapes for all seasons”, The Sunday Camera.
(Boulder, CO), Jan 12, 1986, p. 10A
Anon. “American West is theme of show”, The Aspen Times Feb 28, 1985, p. 9B
Clurman, Irene. “A show to match the mountains”, Rocky Mountain News.
(Denver, CO), March 19, 1985, p. 41
Julian, June. “Holly Sumner”(review), New Art Examiner, Feb 1985, p. 66
Anon. “Unicorn exhibits pair of painters”, The Aspen Times, March 22, 1984, p. 13B
Fudge, Jane. “The 1983 Colorado Biennial” Muse. Feb/March 1984, p.13
Fudge, Jane. “Messengers: artists in awe of birds”, Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)
Oct 10, 1984, p. 11A
Price, Max. “Catching a bit of City Spirit” The Denver Post Dec 21, 1984, p. 47
Pytel, Christopher. “Eye fantasies, myths of the west”, The Aspen Times,
March 29, 1984, p. 7B
Clurman, Irene. “Museum Biennial puts bite in art” Rocky Mountain News (Denver)
Dec 9 1983, p. 7W

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO MFA 1984
Alfred University, Alfred, NY BFA 1975

2003 - 2007 NYU, Adjunct Instructor
2002 - 2007 New School, Adjunct Instructor
1994 San Francisco Art Institute, Visiting Instructor


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