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 Holly Fischer

Holly Fischer

Assistant Professor, Studio Art

201 Gaddy-Hamrick

(919) 760-8332

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Professor Holly Fischer is an alumna of Meredith College, graduating with a BA in Studio Art in 1999.  She has been part of the Art Department faculty since 2008.  Fischer is a passionate mentor and derives great joy from the opportunity to help emerging artists discover their own creative voice.

Professor Fischer is dedicated to creating a positive and welcoming environment in which she can share her excitement and love of art making with students.  Her courses encourage students to be curious and open-minded in their exploration and quest for an expressive and individualized body of work.  Art making involves taking risks and delving into the unknown; Fischer ask students to challenge their perceptions and preconceived limitations.  Fischer’s teaching style balances individualized instruction and support with rigorous, objective-based projects that focus on conceptual development and building technical skills and refining craftsmanship.

Holly Fischer is also a practicing artist with a vigorous studio practice and full exhibition schedule.  Fischer enjoys investigating a variety of processes and materials, though her primary love is for ceramics.  She is known for her abstracted figurative sculptures in white clay that celebrate voluptuous flesh and female empowerment.  These works explore dualities inherent in femininity, encouraging a social engagement with gender politics by questioning stereotypes and challenging the traditionally assumed structure of the gaze.  You can learn more about Fischer’s artwork by visiting her website: www.hollyfischer.com

Courses Taught:

Ceramics I, Ceramics II, Sculpture, Figure Drawing I, Figure Drawing II, Gender & Image

Academic Credentials

2004, MFA in Studio Art (Ceramic Sculpture Concentration), University of Texas at Austin

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

Professional Credential

2008-Present | Adjunct Professor: Sculpture, Figure Drawing, Advanced Figure Studies,  Professional Studio Practices, Senior Exhibition, Portfolio Photography, Ceramics, 3-D Design, 2-D Design, Drawing I, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

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

2006-07 | Visiting Artist in Ceramics: Ceramics Foundations, The Figure in Clay, Concepts on Fetishism, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2004-05 | Professor of Foundation Studies: Two-Dimensional Design, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

Presentations

2018 Visiting Artist, Workshop and Lecture, School of Art & Design, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

2011 Visiting Artist, Workshop and Lecture, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

2011 Juror, Gut Feelings: Confessions of a Body Conscious Culture, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Research

Women and gender studies, contemporary discourse on the figure, and the psychology of perception and desire all play a significant role in my personal artistic practice and scholarly work.

Exibition

2020 Flora [Fem] Fauna, Frankie G. Weems Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2019 Varied State, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2019 Persistence: A National Exhibition Celebrating Women, d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA

2018 Different Shapes: Sculptural Ceramics in North Carolina, The North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2017 Holly Fischer: Come Closer, Upfront Gallery, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

2017 Gendered: An Inclusive Art Show, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

2017 Refresh: New Art, New Views, Fine Art at Baxters Gallery, New Bern, NC

2017 Ceramic Innovations: International Juried Exhibition, Juried by Chris Gustin, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2016 CraftForms 2016: 22nd International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2016 Umlauf Prize Retrospective Exhibition, Umlauf Museum, Austin, TX

2016 The Nude Figure: National Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA

2016 Rare Earth: National Ceramics Exhibition, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA

2016 Fantastic Fibers 2016: International Juried Exhibition, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

2016 New Fibers 2016: National Juried Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI

2016 New Directions ’16: 32nd Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

2015 CraftForms 2015: 21st International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2015 Women In Clay, Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

2015 Looking Back, Kirkorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA

2014 Winter Show, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

2014 Foundations, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2013 Holly Fischer: Duality, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2013 Copper, Kaolin & Cobalt, Claymakers, Durham, NC

2012 Ceramic Art at NC Colleges and Universities, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

2011 Select: An Art Buying Event, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

2011 A Woman’s Place: Artists Exploring their Identity in Society, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC

2010 NC Clay Invitational, Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

2010 Embodiment, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

Awards

2015 Excellence in Teaching, Adjunct Instructor, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2007 Josephine Beardsley Sandor Memorial Award, 111 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 Umlauf Prize, MFA Sculptor of the Year, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX

2003-4 Marshall F. Wells Fellowship Endowment in the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin

2003-4 Irving & Jeanette Goodfriend Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Art, University of Texas at Austin

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

2001 First Award, 23rd Annual Raleigh Fine Arts Society Artists Exhibition, Juried by Miriam Schapiro, Raleigh, NC

2001 Merit Award, People’s Choice Award, 7th Annual Juried Artists Exhibition, Fine Arts League of Cary, Cary, NC

2001 Creative Ideas Grant & Artist-in-Residency, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Publications

500 Figures in Clay: Volume II, Lark Books, 2014
500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books, 2009

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