Holly Sievers

About Me
Originally from the Midwest (Illinois and Iowa), I moved to Boston in my early 20s and attended Massachusetts College of Art, earning a BFA in Painting in 1986. I moved to Taos, New Mexico in 2002.
The landscape in Northern New Mexico is my muse. I find myself focused on the smaller inhabitants of this landscape—plants and insects—for use as subjects for studies of light and color.
I make numerous drawings with charcoal and chalk to get an understanding of what lies beneath the colorful surfaces and then paint my “subjects” in oil on cradleboard. Rendering very small objects on a larger scale reveals hidden details of line and color that I find fascinating and beautiful. By enlarging these forms I can move toward expressing them in an abstract way.
I work with charcoal (in black and white) to reduce and simplify figures, focusing on composition. Adding color (with oil paint, or charcoal and pastel) I attempt to share my admiration of the profound beauty in nature, often found in creatures and creations we do not usually associate as being described in such a way.
I have shown my work at the Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts College of Art, The Piano Factory in Boston, MA, and in independent group shows at the Cyclorama in Boston. In Taos, I have participated in many group shows including The Taos Open, the annual Millicent Rogers Museum Miniatures Show, and the Hearts and Stars Benefit at Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts. I am owner/partner with Robert Cafazzo of Two Graces Plaza Gallery in Ranchos de Taos, NM since 2003, and we have shown our work almost annually in our space.
I have been in month-long residencies at the Vermont Studio School in 1989 and 1992.
My work can be found in the private collections of: Brian Snyder and Diane Schneeberger, Robert Dean Stockwell, Christine Magliocchi, Sarah Hinckley, Ian and Karin Hossack, Alice Van Buren, and David and Maureen Rubino

Born
Madison, Wisconsin
Exhibitions
2018

Selected by Town of Taos for “Taos is Art” Banner Project


'Miniatures', Millicient Rogers Museum Group Show, Taos NM


'Hearts and Stars' Benefit for the Taos Men's Shelter, Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts, Taos NM

2017
'Miniatures', Millicient Rogers Museum Group Show, Taos NM
2018
'Insects and Flowering Plants', Two Graces Gallery, Ranchos de Taos, NM
2015
'BUGS', Two Graces Gallery, Ranchos de Taos NM
2014
'Uncommon Nonsense', Group Show, Taos Fiber Arts Gallery, Taos NM
2013
'The Taos Open (Taos Arts Festival), Taos NM
2012
'Hearts and Stars', Wilder NIghtingale Fine Arts, Taos NM
2011
'Observations of Natural Beauty', The Plaza Gallery, Ranchos de Taos NM
2009
'Miniatures', Millicient Rogers Museum Group Show, Taos NM
2008
'New Works', Solo Show, Two Graces, Ranchos de Taos NM
'Miniatures', Millicient Rogers Museum Group Show, Taos NM
2006
'Works on Paper', Solo Show, Two Graces, Ranchos de Taos NM
1990
'Out of the Fogg', Harvard University Art Museums Staff Exhibit, Cambridge MA
1989
'Cerise II', Group Show, Cyclorama, Boston MA
1988
'Cerise', Group Show, Cyclorama, Boston MA
1985

'Three Painters', Group Show, Piano Factory, Boston MA
Residencies, Activities and Projects
Current
Owner/Partner, Two Graces Plaza Gallery, Art Curios and Books Store, Ranchos de Taos NM
1997-98
Figure Painting, Barnet Rubenstein, School of the Museum of Fines Arts, Boston MA
1992
Vermont Studio School
1989
Vermont Studio School
1979
Modern Dance, Katherine Dunham Studio, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
1979
Independent Design Study, Haiti
Volunteer Work
2013
The Couse Foundation, Taos, NM
Press
'Ancient Holding Place', Taos Magazine, November/December 2011
Education
Massachusetts College of Art 1984 - 1986
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 1975 - 1979