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Growing up in New York City as the child of an activist bi racial inter ethnic family I was exposed to a world of complicated racial and ethnic conflicts and harmony. Being an African American Jewish female is automatic grounds for marginalization in this country. However, I decided that the role of victim was unacceptable. While studying at the High School of Music and Art I realized I could be creative instead of reactive. I decided art making could be a constructive vehicle of experimentation, exploration, communication and courage!.  


2017 United States of Anxiety, Center for the Digital Arts of Westchester New York

2014  Robin Holder: A Layered Perspective, NCCU Art Museum, Durham, NC, Curated by Kenny Rogers

2014  OUTSOURCED!, American Labor Museum, New Jersey

2012   Bloomfield College, New Jersey, OUTSOURCED!, Curated by Halima Taha

2011  The Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama, An American Consciousness

2011  Bread and Roses Cultural Project, Gallery at 1199, OUTSOURCED!, New York City

2010  The Spelman Museum, Atlanta, An American Consciousness

2009  An American Consciousness: Robin Holder's Mid-Career Retrospective, The David C. Driskell at the University of Maryland, College Park, Curated by Dorit Yaron and Dr. Robert Steele

2009  Robin Holder: Rhythm, Movement and Change, Parish Gallery, Washington D. C.

2006  Robin Holder, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta

1999  Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, New York

1995  Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, Tompkins Gallery

1994  Tampa Electric Company, Florida Curators: Marilyn Mars, Ellen Brown, Deirdre Bibby

1993  The Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York

1993  The Roberta Wood Gallery, Syracuse, New York


2019 Fellow in Clark Hulings Fund’s Art Business Accelerator Program.

2005  Lafayette College, PA Resident Artist: Temple Visual Arts Festival

2000  Brooklyn Community Access Television, New York. Residency

1999  The Isamu Noguchi Museum, New York City. Teaching Residency

1999  Brooklyn Arts Council. Individual Artist Grant

1999  The Printmaking Workshop. Fellowship

1994  Museo Del Barrio, New York City, Teaching Residency

1993  New York Foundation for the Arts, Teaching Residency at P.S. 1

1990  Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Award

1989  Manhattan Graphics Center. Residency

1988  Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Award

Robin Holder, a wonderful artist in her own right, has a unique insight into the worldview of contemporary artists which gives her the advantage of conducting a panel discussion with meaningful and thought provoking questions.    Wes Cochran, The Cochran Collection La Grange, Georgia

Robin Holder, a wonderful artist in her own right, has a unique insight into the worldview of contemporary artists which gives her the advantage of conducting a panel discussion with meaningful and thought provoking questions.

Wes Cochran, The Cochran Collection La Grange, Georgia


2019 Interviewer. Tina Dunkley at The Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York City Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy: An Ancestral Odyssey.

2019  Co Curator of Disillusionment A curated series of interviews and exhibition of 25 women artists responding to the theme by referencing being wrapped, covered, clothed, dressed in disillusionment

2018  Interviewer:  Kentler Connects Collectors:-how to be a voice in culture today Panelists: Perian Carson and Wes Cochran of The Cochran Collection, Georgia

2017  Participating Artist in Realigning: Mid Career Artist Intensive, The Brooklyn Arts Council

2017  Resident Artist at Landing Family Shelter Art and Literacy Project with Studio in a School, Queens New York

2017 Foil Stamp Printing Demonstration at the Southern Graphics Conference, Atlanta

2017 Art, Apprehension and Awe: An Earth Day Conversation with Helen Ramsaran and Marina Gutierrez interviewed by Robin Holder Wilmer-Jennings at Kenkeleba

2016  Essentia, Exhibition Panel Discussion Julia de Burgos Center, New York City

2016  Art Action Academy at the Queens Museum. Sponsored by Center for Artistic Activism and NEA

2015 Remembering Bob Blackburn, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York City. Panel Moderator: Robin Holder

2014  Conversations at Kenkeleba: Ancestral, Cultural and Collective Memory in Contemporary Imagery- featuring the work of Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Tafa and Dread Scott. Robin Holder, Interviewer

2014  Conversations at Kenkeleba: Collaborations Featuring the work of Jasmine Murrell, Amir Bey and Nicolas Esteves. Robin Holder Panel Moderator 

2013  Ship of Tolerance, An Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation collaboration with Studio in a School, Artist in Residence with children from the Arthur Tappan School, Harlem, New York

2013 Call and Response, Central Booking Gallery Magazine, Work published

2013  Conversations at Kenkeleba: Ana Golici: The Creative Process- Experimentation, Exploration...The Adventure. Interviewer Robin Holder

2012  Moral, Ethical, Socio-psychological Perspectives of Outsourcing, Bloomfield College Art Gallery, New Jersey. Panel Discussion:

2012  Movement in Color, Exhibition 1 East 53 Street Gallery, NYC, Sponsored by the Studio In A School Association

2010  The Harlem Children’s Zone in collaboration with NY Historical Society. Resident Artist

2008   Hatch Billops Collection and Archives: Artist and Influence: Robin Holder.  Interviewed by Dr. Halima Taha 

2007  Brooklyn Arts Council: Museum in a School Program, New York City

2006  Experimental Printmaking Institute. Serigraph edition for Atlanta Black Arts Festival

2003  The Liberty Project through PACT, New Jersey. Student simulated stained glass

2001  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: Artist As Catalyst. Collaborative Residency with Art Sanctuary, Grands As Parents and Church of the Advocate

2000  Robin Holder: Self Identity and Narrative, The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh,Exhibition and community arts workshops

1995  Altos de Chavon- Parsons School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic, Visiting Printmaker

2004  The Asia Society, New York City. Children’s triptych based on Court Arts of Iran exhibition

2004  The New York Times Foundation Community Arts Residency through Arts Horizons

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2013  Rhythm on Paper, Sound in Color, Langston Hughes Library Gallery, New York City

2007  Daughters of the House of Life, Betty Blayton and Robin Holder Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, Curated by Kevin Sipp

2000  Skylight Gallery, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Brooklyn, New York


The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs, The YWCA of USA, Washington State Arts Commission, Bellevue Hospital, Art Commission of the City Of New York, Cumberland Family Care Center, New York City, United Parcel Service, James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Con Edison, Tampa University of South Florida, Kenkeleba House Gallery, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, The 3M Corporation, Queens Borough Public Library, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, University of Delaware, The African American Museum of Tampa, African American Museum of Cleveland, Atlanta Branch Libraries, Aljira, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Drexel National Bank of Chicago, Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture, Florida A & M University, David Driskell Center Permanent Collection, Clark Atlanta Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Telavi State University, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art


Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC, Migrations, Thirty four windows for subway

New Jersey Transit. Five paintings, Bayonne. 

Bread & Roses Cultural Project, 2002 Calendar. September image

Absolut Vodka. Commissioned artwork. Absolut Holder

State of Connecticut Arts Commission. Transformations. Sixteen leaded glass windows

School Construction Authority, New York City. Rites of Passage. Eight wall installations

Gallery Saoh, Tokyo, Japan. Cup design for Café du Monde

YMCA of the USA, New York City. Edition of prints for The Imperative One Awards.

Wayside Baptist Church,  New York, Oh Glorious Dawning.  stained glass window

Percent for Art, New York City. Six stained glass windows for lobby

Public Art for Public Schools, New York City. Portraits and Patterns. Seven ceramic tile murals.

School Construction Authority, Camino de Animales. Concrete plaza: 6,500 sq. ft. 

The New York Foundation for the Arts. A filmed public service announcement produced for television

“ Robin Holder made me feel safe talking about prejudice. I was surprised to find out how those other people struggle .”  Ms. Mae participant in community dialogue for the   Robin Holder: An American Consciousness   exhibition at The Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama

Robin Holder made me feel safe talking about prejudice. I was surprised to find out how those other people struggle.”

Ms. Mae participant in community dialogue for the Robin Holder: An American Consciousness exhibition at The Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama


2019. Sally, Artpoetica, Brooklyn,NY .Concieved by JoAnne McFarland and Sasha Chavchavadze

2019 Lilies of the Field, A Tribute to Robert Blackburn, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York City

2019 Notes & Tones, Jazz Influences, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ, Curated by Essye Klempner

2018 By and About Women, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC. Curated by Dr. Michael Harris 

2018  Fake News: Art and Artifice, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. Curated by Audrey Anastasi

2018  After the Flypaper: Life In Harlem In Images and Words, Mural Pavilion, Harlem Hospital

2018  Good Natured, St. Joseph's College, Curated by Meridith McNeal, New York City

2018  Problem Solving: Highlights from the Experimental Printmaking Institute, University of Delaware, Curated by Galina Olmsted

2018   Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Interchurch Center, NYC. Curated by Debra Vanderburg Spencer

2018 Restoring Pride in Culture: Legacy & Tradition, SUNY Ulster, Kingston,NY. Curated by Marline Martin, Executive Director of Greene County Council On The Arts

2017  Reflections of Monk: Inspired Images of Music and Moods, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York City. Curator: Ed Sherman

2017  In Our Nature, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation: Corridor Gallery, New York City Curator: Meridith McNeal

2017 In and Out of Bounds, Art Alliance Gallery, Red Bank, NJ. Curated by Sandra Fernandez

2017 Protest/Profest:Global Burdens, Center For Book Arts, NYC. Curator: Alexander Campos

2017 Shifting: African American Women and the Power of Their Gaze, David Driskell Center, MD. Curated by Dorit Yaron and Curlee Holton

2016 Changing The Subject: The Women Artists of EPI, Bone Black Print Studio & Gallery, Austin

2016 Peril and Progress, Civil Rights in America, Anne Arundel Community College, MD 

2016 Essentia, Taller Boricua at Julia de Burgos Center, New York City. Curated by Nitza Tufino

2016 INspired: Celebrating 20 Years of African American Art, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans

2014 Ascending Yellow, Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries, Atlanta, Curated by Tina Dunkley

2016 Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Structure, Curator: Agnes Murray

2016 Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts, Driskell Center, University of Maryland at College Park

2012 Mahailia: Queen of Gospel Music, African American Museum, Dallas 

2011 African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the Driskell Center

2011 Channeling Kemetic Metaphysics, University of Miami Dept. of Art & Art History, FL, Curator: Ludlow Bailey

2011 Peaceable Kingdom, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, New York City, Curator: Eleanor Magid

2011 Foil Imaging: A New Art Form, Arts Iowa City Gallery, Curator: Virginia Myers

2011 Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch, Galerie Myrtis, Curator: Myrtis Bedolla

2009 Three Sisters: The Art of Robin Holder, Sonya Lawyer & Tamara Madden, Community Folk Art Gallery, Syracuse

2009 Natural Histories, Central Booking, New York City, Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

2008 New Prints: Artists’ Commentary, International Print Center New York, Curated by Nick Lamia, Gary Simmons, Robin White, Martha Wilson 

2007 African American Printmaking, The World Bank, Washington D.C.

2005 Common Cause: Collecting African American Art, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC

2005 Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris Atelier Lacouriere-Frelaut, Paris, Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

2005 Dialogue, Center for Book Arts, New York City

2005 Aljira, Newark, New Jersey, African American Printmakers: The Legacy Continues, Curator, Cynthia Hawkins 

2004 Gettysburg College, PA. Art of the African Diaspora in the Age of Globalization

2004 Dell Pryor Galleries, Detroit. Rhythm and Verse

2004 Noyes Museum of Art, New Jersey, Icons, Symbols and Altars, Curator: AM Weaver

2004 Gallery 138, New York City. Brown vs. Board of Ed, Curator: Brookie Maxwell

2003 Cinque Gallery, New York City, Bearden: Legacy I

2003 MoCada, NYC, From Challenge to Triumph Curators: Blake T. Kimbrough & Melvin A. Marshall

2001 Gallery X, New York City. World Trade Center Exorcised

2000 Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Blackness in Color, Curators: Salah Hassan & James Turner

1999 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Merging at the Crossroads, Curator: Willis Bing Davis, Dayton Ohio

1999 James E. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Women United, Curator: Charlotte Armstead-Williams

1999 Windows To The Soul: Robin Holder, Charlotte Ka, Jide Ojo, Skylight Gallery, Restoration, Brooklyn

1997 The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, Piecework

1997 Rush Art, New York City, Women in Full Effect, Curator: Nanette Carter

1996 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, Of The Spirit, Curator: Joyce Scott

1996 The Cinque Gallery, New York City, Unique Editions: The Process

1994 Art In General, New York City, Gathering Medicine, Coast to Coast: National Women Artists of Color

1994 The Jamaica Arts Center, New York, Creative Blue Prints

1991 Kennesaw State College, Marietta, Georgia, Diversity and Strength

1990 Curators: Clarissa Sligh & Carole Byard: Essay: Lucy Lippard, Art in General, Ancestors Known and Unknown

1989 Art Institute of Boston, Boston Printmakers Exhibition, Curator: Clifford Ackley, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1989 Hera Gallery, Wakefield, Rhode Island, Homes: Homelessness, Curator: Grace Bentley-Scheck

1989 Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Contemporary African-American Printmakers, Curator: Edith Gipstein 

1988 Heindel Library at Penn State University, Harrisburg, PA Diverseworks, Houston, Texas, Coast to Coast

1988 Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, New York, Prevailing Spirit, Curator: Fred Wilson

1988 Tradition in the Arts: Elizabeth Catlett & Emerging Artists: Robin Holder & John Penuelas, Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC


In Robin's art …she puts in a lot of other information with her prints…she has layers and layers of design in her prints. and I think this is what makes the prints so interesting. 

Agnes Gund, American philanthropist and arts patron, collector


2018 Black Art in America, Columbus, GA, Online Interview

2016 Art Settlers of New York: The Magic of Artist Robin Holder: An Art Prophet of Social Justice, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center. Interviewed by Rafaela Ronnie Bellini

2015 Artist of the Month, Garnet Internet News: Today’s News Powered by Women

2011 And the Women Gather, Internet TV interview with Lorna Owens, Miami

2009 New Times Holler, Internet Art News An Interview with Robin Holder

2000 Cool Women, produced by Debbie Allen, Romance Classics Cable Television

1997 WABC Six O’clock News with Art McFarland Salon Renaissance

1994 Tampa Educational Cable Consortium. Interviewed by Marilyn Mars

1992  Sesame Street Feature of Robin Holder’s arts in education residency with Museo del Barrio 

1991 WMVS/WMVT-TV Channel 10, Milwaukee, WI. Interview with Sonya Masingale for Black Nouveau

1990 CATV CABLE Channel 23, New York City. Interview with Felix Leo Campos for After Dark

1989 Societe Radio Canada (CBC), Montreal. Interview with Pierre Craig for Le Point

1988 WBAI-FM ArtsMagazine, Interviewed by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Aired live on May 30 5PM

1987 WBAI-FM Arts Magazine: Dialogues with Contemporary Artists, Interviewed by Vincent Smith


2018 Brooklyn On My Mind: Black Visual Artist From the WPA to the Present, by Myrah Brown Green, Schiffer Publishing

2016 Changing Light: A New Visual Language by Virginia Myers, WDG Publishing

2016 The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Volume XXVI, Number 2 Summer 2016. Page 10

2013 Central Booking Gallery Magazine, Collaborative project Call and Response

2012 In the Eye of the Muses: Selections from the Clark Atlanta University Art Collection by Jerry Cullum, Tina Dunkley Cynthia Oliver-Ham

2011 The Journal of Contemporary African Art, Duke University Press, Remembering The Black Arts Movement Number 29 Fall 2011

2009 The David C. Driskell at the University of Maryland, College Park, Curated by Dorit Yaron An American Consciousness: Robin Holder's Mid-Career Retrospective.

2009 Cohen, Michelle, The Monacelli Press, Public Art for Public Schools

2007 Art and Metaphor: Robin Holder, Portlock Black Cultural Center, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

2006 Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres, The Monacelli Press, Along The Way: MTA Arts For Transit

2005 New York’s Percent for Art Program, Essay by Eleanor Heartney, Introduction by Adam Gopnik

2004 Carroll, Kathleen, The Record, Artists Haven,  Section L July 9 pgs. L-1 & L-5

2002 The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD Summer 2002 Vol.1 Number 3 page 10

2002 Savoy Magazine, Absolut Expressions. February and March

2000 New Art Expo Takes A Look at Daily Figures, Park Slope Courier, November 20 page 8

1998 Taha, Halima, Collecting African American Art: Works On Paper and Canvas, Crown Publishers

1998 Fluker, Elayne M., Artforms, Essence Magazine , September

1996 Britton, Crystal A., African American Art: The Long Struggle, Todtri Productions Limited for SMITHMARK Publishers

1995  Midmarch Arts Press, Gumbo Ya Ya: An Anthology of Contemporary African- American Women Artists, NYC

1993 Chayat, Sherry, Three Artists, Syracuse Herald American, October 24

1993 Henkes, Robert, The Art of Black American Women: Works of Twenty-Four Artists of the Twentieth Century, Published by McFarland & Company

1991 Holder, Robin, Animal Totems, Woman of Power: The Living Earth, Issue Twenty, Spring

1991 Kelley, Caffyn, “Wild Things, The Wisdom of Animals” Women Artists’ Monographs, Gallerie Publications

1986 York, Hildreth, Bob Blackburn and The Printmaking Workshop, Black American Literature Forum, Spring-Summer, Volume 20, Numbers 1-2

1986 Choosing: An Exhibit of Changing Perspectives in Modern Art and Art Criticism by Black Americans, 1925-1985, Catalogue Essay: David C. Driskell


2017  Interviewer of Kentler Connects Expanding Perception in a Global Culture. Kentler International Drawing Space, New York City

2012 The Cooper Union Saturday Program

2011 BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Dialogues in the Visual Arts: The Hatch Billops Archives

2011 College Art Association: Creative Catalyst: Robert Blackburn, Master Printer, Chair: Susan Stedman

2011 Locating Vision, Printmaking Workshops in New York City, Kenkeleba Gallery

2010 New York Institute, An examination of the cultural life of New York City

2006 High Museum of Art, Atlanta

2006 The Brooklyn Arts Council: Regrant Program

2005 Percent for Art Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York

2003 Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC

2003 Bronx Council on the Arts: Individual Artist Grant

2003 Delaware Division of the Arts: Individual Artist Grant: Works on Paper

2003 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Individual Artist Fellowships: Works on Paper

2002 Brooklyn Arts Council: Individual Artists Grants

2001 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Community Arts Institute

2000 Cooper Union, New York City

2000 Pace University, New York

1999 New Jersey Performing Arts Center: Arts Basic to the Curriculum

1999 Bergen County Division of Cultural Affairs: Art Sense

1998 The New York City % For Art Program: Newtown Creek Project

1998 The Westchester Arts Council: Roster Artists

1998 Center for Arts Education: The Annenberg Initiative: Developing A Common Language

1997 Pelham Arts Center: WAC, New York, Keeping the Art In Art Education

1997 The Westchester Arts Council, Arts Excel Program

1996 Parsons School of Design, New York City

1997 The Museum of Natural History, New York City

1994 The Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York City, The Competitive Edge Forum

1993 Pratt Institute, New York City, Living and Working As An Artist

1993 The Museum of Natural History, New York City, The People’s Center