Paintings, Prints, Works on Paper and Ceramics
Holly Hughes was born in San Antonio, Texas.  Hughes works in studios both on NYC’s Lower East Side and in old barn in Ghent in Columbia County, NY.   She is a Full Professor at Rhode Island School of Design - currently on sabbatical after two years as Department Head of Painting.  Hughes teaches graduate and undergraduate students and is a sought after critic and lecturer having visited  many national and international schools  and institutions.

In Fall 2013, Hughes will be in Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region at the Hyde Collection (museum in Glens Falls, NY)  selected by curator Dan Cameron. Her most recent exhibit was a four-person show last winter at the Granoff Art Center at Brown University.   Her resume details many solo and group shows in New York:  Dru Arstark Gallery, David Beitzel Gallery, Piezo Electric, Philippe Briet Gallery, Graham Modern, One Penn Plaza, P.S. 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, The Work Space,

A. I. R., etc.   Outside New York Hughes has been represented in exhibits in Germany, People’s Republic of China, Finland and France as well as across the US including Rhode Island, Tennessee, California, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Connecticut, Maine and Maryland.   Hughes’ work has been reviewed in ARTnews, Art Forum, Art in America, The New York Times, D’Ars (Milan), Drawing, Art New England and other publications.

Holly Hughes has traveled extensively, living in France and learning French.  Focusing on her serious interest in Asian art,  she attended one of China’s major art schools - the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou - where she studied traditional ink painting of the landscape and calligraphy.  She has worked in ceramic factories in both France, Mexico and Italy.  Travels to many nations have facilitated her study of decorative arts collections, which strongly influence her current work.

Some of the collections including her paintings and prints are: 

Citibank, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, The Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO, Prudential Bache, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Fred Alger Management Company, Bartlett Schlumberger & Company, The Freedman Gallery of Albright College, Pepsico,  Benziger Winery Imagery Collection, the Francis Greenburger Art OMI Collection, Pfizer Collection.  


4 Rivington Street, 3rd floor, NY, NY 10002
Born: San Antonio, TX 


2011 Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead NY

2010 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

2009 Off the Plate, Under the Sheets, Sarofim Gallery,  Georgetown, Texas

2008 ArtSTRAND/Project Space, Provincetown, MA

2007 Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY 

2003 Shelnutt Gallery, RPI, Troy , New York

1999 Wilkes Gallery, Lancaster, OH

1995 Dru Arstark Gallery, New York, NY

1993 Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City , MO

1988 Founders Gallery, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

1986 David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY

1985 Galerie Taub, Philadelphia, PA

1984 Peizo Electric, New York, NY

1981 Jackson Arnold, New York, NY



2013 RAID THE ATTIC, Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center, Brown, Providence, RI

        Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show, Providence , RI

2012 Habitat for Humanity, Art Omi Museum, Omi, NY  benefit exhibit

2011 Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show, Providence, RI

2010 The Object Real,  PG Contemporary, Houston, Texas

         It’s All Good, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

         The Artists of Silvermine, Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY

         Cowgirls of the Hudson River Valley III, BRICK Gallery, Catskill, NY

         Artists from Rome Programs, Temple/Rome, Rome, Italy

2009 Paper Jam, Art STRAND, Provincetown, MA

         Isherwood Gallery, Newport, RI

         Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show, Providence , RI

2008 Works on Paper, Faculty show, Memorial Hall, Providence, RI

2007 Holly Hughes and Nancy VanDeren, Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI

         Faculty Plus One, Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson, NY

         Images of Growth, Zea Mays Gallery, Florence, MA

         Cowgirls II, BRIK Gallery, Catskill, NY

         Millay Colony Resident’s Exhibition, CCCA Gallery, Hudson, NY

2006 Cowgirls of the Hudson River Valley, BRIK Gallery, Catskill, NY

         “Feeding on the Past,” Pocketbook Factory, Hudson, NY Curated/Hughes

         “Reframing Nature”, Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY

         “Painting Faculty 2006,” Woods Gerry, RISD, Providence, RI

2005 “Crossover,” Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY (2  person)

          Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show, Providence, RI

2004 “Abstraction Now, II,” Shelnutt Gallery, RPI, Troy, NY

         “The Flag Project,” Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY

         “Abstraction Now,” Stageworks Gallery, Hudson, NY

         Archive Show, Zea Mays Gallery, Florence, MA

         Summit Walls Show, Chatham, NY

2003 Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show, Providence, RI

2002 Montclair State University Art Gallery, Montclair, NJ

         “Snapshot,” Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

          RISD Works, ceramics exhibited, winter season, Providence, RI

2001 Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show, Providence, RI

         Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY,  Best in Show Award

         “Snapshot,” Arcadia UniversityArt Gallery, Glenside, PA

         Columbia County Council on the Arts, Jack Shaiman, juror, Hudson, NY

2000 Virginia Lynch: A Curatorial Retrospective, R.I. Foundation, RI

         “Snapshot,” (traveling exhibit), The Contemporary, Baltimore, MA

         “Drawing in the Present Tense,” North Dakota Museum of Art (traveling exhibit)

         “Drawing in the Present Tense,” Eastern Connecticut State University

         Santa Monica College Gallery,  RISD Faculty group, Santa Monica, CA

         Sarah Y. Rentschler Gallery, group, Hudson, NY

         Generations II:Women Artists at the Millenium, A.I.R., NY, NY

1999 “Drawing in the Present Tense”, Parsons School of Design & Aronson  Gallery

         Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show, Providence, RI

         “Mind’s Eye,” Booth Contemporary Art”, Wakefield, RI

         “Peripheral Vision,” The Painting Center, NY, NY

1998 “Part of The Fabric,’” Museum of RISD, Providence, RI (curated by Hughes)

         The Fanelli Show, OK Harris Gallery, NY, NY

         “realingned/recharged”, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

         Art in the Embassies, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

         “Paintings from Pont-Aven,” Pierre Deux, NY, NY

         “Paintings from Pont-Aven,” French Embassy, Wash., DC

1997 “Art on Paper 1997”, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

       “Eight Artists”, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI

        The Art Exchange Show, Dru Arstark, NY, NY

       “All the Things You Are”, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

        “4x4: Painters Choose Painters”,  Herron Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

         Rhode Island School of Design Museum,, Faculty Show, Providence, RI

1996  “Summer Exhibition”, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York, NY

          “Messages from the Interior”, Sound Shore Gallery, Cross River, NY

          “Contemporary Directions”, Jacqueline Holmes, Jacksonville, FL,

          Impressions of Brittany, The French Library, Boston, MA 

          Les and Catherine Levine Collection, Freedman Gallery, Reading, PA

1995  “Accumulation”, The Work Space, New York, NY 

         “Rhode Island School of Design Museum,  Faculty Show,” Providence, RI

         “Conceptual Documents for Impossible Art” 450 Broadway Gallery, NY, NY

         Espace Melanie,  Riec-Sur Belon, Brittany, France

         Virginia Lynch Gallery, 3 person, Tiverton, RI

1994 “By Virtue of Excellence,” David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI

         “Contemporary Art in Rhode Island,” Museum of Art, RISD,Providence, RI

         “Holly Hughes and Jerry Mischak,” Wheeler Gallery, Providence, RI

1993 “Postipamaus,” Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art,  Finland

         “Art of the Northeast,” Silvermine Arts Center, Silvermine, CT

1992 “Process as Issue,” College of New Rochelle, NY

         “10th Anniversary Exhibition,” Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, TN

         “Nature in Mind,” Spotted Dog Gallery, Old Chatham, NY(curated by Hughes)

         “Vertical Slice,” Cummings Art Center, New London, CT

         “Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Faculty Show,” Providence, RI

         “June Invitiational,” Philippe Briet Gallery, New York, NY

         “Opening Exhibition,” SOMA Gallery, San Diego, CA

         “Arts Festival Show,” Hammond Galleries, Lancaster, OH

         “Summer Show,” Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City , MO

         “Apocalypse and Resurrection,” Gallery Three Zero, New York, NY

         “Portrait Salon,” Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO

         “China June 4th,” traveling show, Asian American Center, New York, NY

1991 “Winter Group Show,” Graham Modern, New York, NY

         “Selections,” Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME

1990 “CHINA: June 4th, 1989,” P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, NY

         “Program Selections,” Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China

         "Works on Paper,” Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME

         “Natural Selections,” Henry Street Settlement Art Center, New York, NY

         “Aspects of Nature,” College of New Rochelle, NY

1989 “Drawings,” Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY

         “LIfe Forces,”  Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY

         “On Paper,” Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME

         “Visiting Artists,” Ewing Gallery, 3 person, UT, Knoxville, TN

         “Faculty Show,” Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore, Philadelphia, PA

1988 “Summer Show,” G. H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD

         “Nature in Art,” One Penn Plaza, New York, NY

1986 “Natural Desire,” David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY

         “Invitational,” Hudson Center Gallery, New York, NY

1985 “Holly Hughes and Morilla Palmer,” Elizabeth Galasso, Ossining, NY

         “New Drawings,” Ted Greenwald Gallery, New York, NY

         “Abstract Paintings,” Virtual Garrison, New York, NY

         Art Awareness, Lexington, NY

         “East Village Show,” Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

         “Abstract Paintings,” Ted Greenwald Gallery, New York, NY

         “Implosionism,” Ted Greenwald Gallery, New York, NY

1984 “Winter Solstice,” Ericson Gallery, New York, NY

         “Invitational,” Kamikazi Club, New York, NY

         “Invitational,” Ericson Gallery, New York, NY

         “Disposable Art,” Kamikazi Club, New York, NY

         Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall, NY

1982 “Young American Painters,” Galerie Berg-Bernauer, Frankfurt, West Germany

         Sarah Rentschler Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1980 Des Refuses Gallery, Westbeth, New York, NY






Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley

Prudential Bache

Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO

Atlantic Richfield Corporation           

Bartlett Schlumberger & Company

Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA      

Benziger Winery Imagery Collection

Fred Alger Management Company

Art Omi Collection



2004 “Abstraction Now” review, The Independent, Columbia County, NY, 

          October 8

2001 Review, Southampton Press, LI, NY  November 8

         Review, East Hampton Star, October 18, LI, NY 

         Review, Southampton Press,  LI, NY October 1

         Bill Van Siclen, “Virginia Lynch...”, ARTnews, February 

2000 William Zimmer, “Untitled...”, The New York Times, February 13

         U.S. Embassy Residence Art Catalog, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

         Press/2000, Vermont Studio Center catalog, Johnston, Vermont

1999 Jennifer Pierson, “Working with Ceramics”, LancasterEagleGazette, OH, July22 

         Vermont Studio Center Press Catalog, Johnston, Vermont

1998 Mary Jones, “Interview with Holly Hughes”, DRAWING, Vol. XX, No.2, Winter

1995 Sue Scott, “Holly Hughes,” ARTnews, December

         Review, The New Yorker, October 16, 1995

         Alicia Craig Faxon, “Review,” Art New England, Aug./Sept.

         Michaela Brill, “Decouvrir un langage,” Le Telegramme , Quimper, France, June 28

         Bill Van Siclen, Review, Providence Journal , April 14                     

1994 Elliot  Krieger, “Is there a Rhode Island Style?,” Providence Journal , Feb. 13

         Bill Van Siclen, “Hughes and Mischak,” Providence Journal, January 28

1993 Peter von Ziegesar, “Small Worlds,” Kansas City Star, May 23

1992 Bill Van Siclen, “Group Show Review,” Providence Journal, September 25

1990 William Zimmer, “Review,” The New York Times, November 18

1988 John Dorsey, “Group Show Review,” Baltimore Morning Sun, July 22

         Paul Govern, “Review,” Spectator, Greensboro, NC, February 17

         Jaqueline Humphrey, “Review,” Greensboro Review and Record, March1

1987 Shellie R. Goldberg, “Holly Hughes,” ARTnews, May

         Stephen Westfall, “Holly Hughes,” Art in America, April

1985 Ted Greenwald, “Implosionismo,” D’ARS, Milan, Italy, summer

         Ronny Cohen, “Holly Hughes,” Artforum, March

1984 Michael Brenson, “Holly Hughes,” The New York Times,December7                        



2011 Mohawk Hudson Regional, Albany Institute, NY – sole juror/+essay

2009 “CRIT 4”, MFA Painters from RISD, Spencertown Academy Arts Center,

         Spencertown, NY

2008 “One of a Kind: Montotypes and Monoprints,” Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown NY

2006 FEEDING ON THE PAST: Artists and Antique Dealers Interact

         Hudson Artwalk 2006, Pocketbook Factory, Hudson, NY, Sept./Oct.

         “CRIT”: Looking at the Next Generation

         Paintings from the Undergrad Studios of RISD

         Spencertown Academy Arts Center, August/Sept.

1998 PART OF THE FABRIC, Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design.   Providence, RI

1992 NATURE IN MIND, Spotted Dog Gallery, Spencertown, NY

        TEACHING AT RISD    (started 1993)

2011-13   Department Head of the Painting Program 

2010  Chief Critic, European Honors Program, RISD ROME

         Rhode Island School of Design, Painting Department

         Full Professor, 2005- present     Department Head, 1997-1999,  2011-2013

         Associate Professor past Critical Review, 1999-2004, Assistant Professor, 1993-1999



2013 Massachusetts College of Art, visiting critic

2012 Anderson Ranch summer program  – taught two courses

2011 Anderson Ranch summer course – taught Abstraction: Sources in Nature

2009 Mass College of Art, Boston, MA, visiting grad critic

          Clark University, Wooster, MA, visiting artist and critic

2008 Anderson Ranch, Snow Mass Village, CO, Nature and abstraction painting course

2005 Anderson Ranch, Snow Mass Village, CO, taught advanced painting

2004 Massachusettes College of Art, Boston, MA visiting artist, critic 

2003 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT, visiting artist

          Putney School, Verment, visiting critic

2001 Montclair State University, New Jersey, lecturer, critic, printmaker

         Georgia Stae University, Atlanta, visiting ceramics workshop

2000 Georgia State University, Atlanta, visiting critic and lecturer

         Pont-Aven School of Art, Brittany, France, summer session

         Brandeis University, Post-Bac Program, visiting critic and lecturer

1998 Hunter College Grad Program, visiting critic and lecturer

         Randolph Macon College, visiting critic and lecturer

1997 Art New England Summer Program, Bennington,  VT

1996 Parsons MFA Program, visiting critic

         Pont-Aven School of Art, Brittany, France, summer session

         Brandeis University, Post-Bac program, visiting lecture and critiques

1995 Lahti Institute of Fine Arts, Finland, Visiting artist

         Pont-Aven School of Art, Brittany, France, summer session

1994 Parsons MFA Program, visiting critic

1992 Rhode Island School of Design, part-time, fall 

         Kansas City Art Institute, visiting faculty, spring

1991 Rhode Island School of Design, part-time, spring and fall

1990 Washington University, St. Louis, MO, visiting artist

         Bennington College, VT, visiting lecture

         Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AK, visiting artist

         Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, visiting lecture

1989 State University of New York, Purchase, part-time, spring and fall

         Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, visiting artist, fall

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, visiting artist

1988 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, visiting artist, fall semester

Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, visiting artist

1987 University of Delaware, visiting artist

Guilford College,  Greenboro, NC, visiting artist  



1990 Zhejiang Academy of FIne Arts, Hangzhou, China, summer program

1974-75 BFA, State University of New York at New Paltz

1971-72 Silvermine College of Art, Europe Program, Lacoste, France

1970-71 Silvermine College of Art, Silvermine,  CT

1969-70 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY                           



2006 RISD Faculty Development Grant, Deruta, Umbria, Italy, ceramics work

2001 “Best in Show” award,  Parrish Art Museum,  Southhampton, NY

2000 Visiting Artist, Vermont Studio Center Press, Artists Supporting Artists Program

1999 Visiting Artist, Vermont Studio Center Press, Artists Supporting Artists Program

         Resident Art Lecturer, Royal Viking Line, Baltic Cruise

1998 RISD Faculty Development Grant to paint ceramics in Mexico

1996 Contemporary Artists Center Award of Recognition, North Adams, MA

1995 ART/OMI: International Artists Workhop, Ghent, NY

         Visiting Artist: Faiencerie Henriot H.B. de Quimper, France

         RISD Faculty Development Grant for travel to France                                

 1986 Millay Colony for the Arts, Residency, Austerlitz, NY