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NCCU Art Museum to Exhibit the Work of Printmaker and Artist Robin Holder
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

North Carolina Central University Art Museum will host the work of artist and printmaker Robin Holder in an exhibit titled, “A Layered Perspective.” The exhibit opens on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. and will run through April 18.

“Robin Holder uses art to tell her own story,” said Kenneth Rodgers, director of the NCCU Art Museum. “This exhibition includes 41 prints representing a wide range of printmaking techniques and themes.”

In her series titled What’s Black and White and Red all Over? Holder examines childhood quandaries engendered by her biracial background, while Warrior Women Wizards: Mystical Magical Mysteries extols the dynamic and resilient nature of women.

Behind Each Window, A Voice draws from the oral histories of her Brooklyn, N.Y., neighbors using handwritten text. The exhibit also includes work from her latest series, A Time Yet to Come, which merges dilapidated houses, African-American vernacular architecture, history and the all-seeing eye. 

Born in 1952, Holder is a nationally known artist who works from her studio in West Milford, N.J.  She is a graduate of the famed New York City’s High School of Music and Art and she refined her skills as a printmaker at the Art Students League of New York. Founded in 1875 by artists for artists, the Art Students League has been instrumental in shaping America's legacy in the fine arts.

Holder studied black and white lithography at Werkgroep Uit Het Amsterdam Grafisch Atelier in Amsterdam. In Mexico she studied the great Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros from the perspective of art as means of aesthetic and sociopolitical expression. In 1977 she joined the workshop of African-American printmaking master Robert Blackburn, later becoming assistant director and coordinator of the workshop.

Holder has received numerous large-scale commissions, including 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. 

Works by Holder are held by numerous museums, institutions, and private collections, including the permanent collection at Clark Atlanta University and Yale University; the Library of Congress in Washington; Con Edison and the Xerox Corporation; the Queens Borough Public Library in New Your City and others.

The NCCU Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the museum at 919-530-6211.

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