Dawn Holder Featured in 2015 NMWA Exhibit


Dawn Holder pictured with her installation, "Monoculture" at the NMWA Women to Watch Exhibition.
Dawn Holder pictured with her installation, “Monoculture” at the NMWA Women to Watch Exhibition.

Dawn Holder (Clarksville) was selected to represent Arkansas in the biennial competitive Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 scheduled for June 5 – Sept 13, 2015, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. NMWA Associate Curator Ginny Treanor selected the national show, including Ms. Holder’s installation, “Monoculture” made of variable plots of porcelain sod created with densely-packed hand-made blades of ceramic grass. Ms. Holder earned her MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville.

Depictions of nature can illuminate themes of sexuality, gender politics, the abject, and the sublime. In the fourth installment of the NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, contemporary artists use imagery and materials taken from the natural world. The works on view recontextualize images of plants and animals and redefine the relationships between women, nature, and art. Calling to mind entrenched associations of women with nature, the exhibition opens a dialogue about these traditional views. Women to Watch is an exhibition series featuring emerging and underrepresented women artists held every two to three years developed in conjunction with the museum’s national and international outreach committees. – See more at: Upcoming Exhibitions | National Museum of Women in the Arts

Courtney Taylor, Curator of Collections at the Arts and Sciences Center of Southeast Arkansas, served as the Arkansas State Committee curator of national submissions and the state exhibit of the same name that will begin its tour upon conclusion of the national show. Ms. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in history and art history and a master’s degree in museum studies. Her curatorial experience includes the Gilcrease Museum, the Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL. Ms. Taylor’s selections for the state tour include a different porcelain installation by Ms. Holder titled “Once Upon a Time in the Forest of I’m Not Sweet Enough…” and multiple pieces by Sandra Luckett (Conway) , Katherine Rutter (formerly of Little Rock), and Melissa Wilkinson (Bono). The state tour of Arkansas Women to Watch 2015 will begin on Thursday, December 3, 2015, with an opening reception at the Arts and Sciences Center of Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.

Send inquiries regarding the state exhibit tour schedule to ACNMWA Exhibit Liason Barbara Satterfield: barbarabdesign@yahoo.com.

Ellen Pollak and Ginny Treanor of the NMWA are pictured with Barbara Satterfield, Courtney Taylor, and Dawn Holder at the exhibit opening.
Ellen Pollak and Ginny Treanor of the NMWA are pictured with Barbara Satterfield, Courtney Taylor, and Dawn Holder at the exhibit opening.

Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 Exhibit Brochure

Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 Exhibit Article