NCCU to present exhibit from printmaker Holder

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

The North Carolina Central University Art Museum will present an exhibit by printmaker Robin Holder titled “Robin Holder: A Layered Perspective,” opening Sunday at 2 p.m. with a public reception, and continuing through April 18.

Holder, born in 1952, is a nationally known artist who works out of her studio in West Milford, N.J. After graduating from New York’s High School of Music and Art, she received a scholarship to the Art Students League of New York, where she developed and refined her skill as a printmaker. She left America to study in Mexico City and later studied black and white lithography at Werkgroep Uit Het Amsterdam Grafisch Atelier in Amsterdam.
Upon returning to the United States in 1977 she joined the workshop of African- American printmaker Robert Blackburn. She became the assistant director and coordinator at the Printmaking Workshop in New York until 1986.
Holder uses art to tell her own story. This exhibition includes 41 prints representing a wide range of printmaking techniques and themes. In works from the series “What’s Black and White and Red all Over?” she examines childhood quandaries engendered by her biracial background. In works from the series “Warrior Women Wizards: Mystical Magical Mysteries” she extols the dynamic and resilient nature of women. She says that the series is an ongoing exploration of the internal infrastructure that serves as her spiritual armature.
Work from “Behind Each Window, A Voice” draws from the oral histories of her Brooklyn neighbors. Here she employs handwritten text that is metaphorical and literal. In work from her latest series, “A Time Yet to Come,” large-scale, ominous countenances are fused with dilapidated houses.
Holder has been an artist-in-residence at several institutions, conducted workshops for many groups and received numerous commissions. Among them are several large-scale site-specific public art projects for New Jersey Transit, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The Connecticut State Arts Commission and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The NCCU Art Museum is on Lawson Street across from the Farrison-Newton Communications Building. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.


WHAT: Opening reception for “Robin Holder: A Layered Perspective”

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.
WHERE: NCCU Art Museum, on Lawson Street across from the Farrison-Newton Communications Building
ADMISSION: Free. For information, call 919-530-6211