Robin Holder

“This world does not move without Black creativity.” — Melissa Kimble

Let’s Raise Our Racial IQ. Art That Explores Diversity – Robin Holder

Who is Robin Holder?

At nine years old I earnestly explained to my friends that I needed a store bought jump rope with wooden handles because the clothesline typically used for Double Dutch reminded me of lynchings.

As a biracial, multiethnic, American youngster in an activist African-Russian-Jewish-Caribbean family I developed a formidable interior dialogue that reflected my diverse heritage. While growing up in New York City I studied, explored and played in a community of widely varied backgrounds. I was exposed to a world of both complicated racial, class and ethnic conflicts and integrated harmony. I was intrigued by the cultural differences between my classmates, friends and neighbors and simultaneously aware of the danger of identity ignorance.

Robin Holder Five Spot 5 22” x 30” Stencil Monoprint

“Five Spot by 5 is a stencil monoprint. It is a celebration of African American jazz. I wanted to convey the energy, rhythm, collaboration of our jazz musicians.  This piece is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each shape in the image is necessary to complete the visual statement. There are about 60 individually inked and printed shapes that I cut out my shapes from transparent acetate.”

Robin Holder
They Damaged Us More Than Katrina
30” x 22”

“They Damaged Us More Than Katrina is a serigraph incorporating 16 screens. This was the 2006 Atlanta Black Arts Festival Collector’s Guild Print and speaks to the empowered resilience we folks of color have that encourages us to thrive in spite of historic institutional brutalization.”

Robin Holder
Blue Note 1
“24.25 x 20.25”
Stencil Monoprint


Robin’s process

My visual language is rooted in layering, painting, printmaking, digital image manipulation, and drawing. I usually initiate a collection of works with a specific theme. I use a distinct combination of techniques for each series. At times I include a material, technique or procedure that I am not familiar with. This enables me to stretch beyond the known and discover new approaches. I develop my imagery by considering a series of questions that explore the idea. Some of my work requires extensive research. From time to time I’ll reference direct personal or societal events. There is an aspect of storytelling in my practice. I am most curious about the expansive and myriad manifestations of our human experience. Although singularly personal, I hope that my work reflects universal truths.

Robin Holder
25.50” x 33
Robin King
Map of Nubia VI
“21.50 x 27.50”

My mother cautioned me that being an African American Jewish female is automatic grounds for marginalization in the United States of America. 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 my constructive vehicle of experimentation, exploration, communication and courage! While living abroad I extended my perspective into a global point of view.

Robin Holder Iridium 2 “25 x 20.25” Stencil Monoprint


Robin Holder Carole’s Dance “26.25 x 20.25”


L/R: Harris Whiltsher and Robin Holder


“Robin Holder was selected for the exhibition IN WHAT WE SEE: A Printmaker’s Response because her work incites contemplative thought and conversation. Her process of layering and dynamic color using monoprinting subdues viewers and creates an environment of learning and growing.” – Harris Wiltsher


Robin Holder
Irish Need Not Apply, No Negroes, No Dogs
colored pencil, acrylic paint, archival inkjet print
50″ x 30″

Irish Need Not Apply, No Negroes, No Dogs is part of a series title USA: United States Of Anxiety Series

This series began in 2017. Each piece consists of drawing, digital imaging, large format printing and painting.



2022 ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, NY, robin holder United States of Anxiety, Curated by Rose Viviano

2021 LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA, Who Are We? , Curated by Lauren Oliver

2021 California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, robin holder: On Labor and Youth. Curated by Rachel Schmid

2020   Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY, Access and Inequities. I Hear You. Do You See Me?    

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, Robin Holder: 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



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, Cynthia Sears Artist Book Collection, 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, Bainbridge Island Museum



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



2020  Executive Fellow in Clark Hulings Fund Art Business Accelerator Program.

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

1994  El 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



2022 Bainbridge Island Museum robin holder at the DogEar Festival

2021 Art Students League of New York Exhibition, Creating Community Cinque Gallery Artists

2021 Montclair Art Museum, NJ, Discussion with Adger Cowans, robin holder, Curlee Holton and Halima Taha

2021 The Wells Foundation COVID19 The Influence and Inspiration of WOMEN , Curator Kabuya Bowens, Guest Carrie Mae Weems

2019  Interviewer. Tina Dunkley at The Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYC, 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

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

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

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



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

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

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



2021 Cinque Gallery Series: Robin Holder Interviewed by Nanette Carter

2020  Artist talk with robin holder hosted by Manhattan Graphics Center, New York City

2020 Interviewed Artist. Artists on Coping: Robin Holder. Arts Spiel: Reflections on the work of contemporary artists. Online art blog.

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

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



2021 robin holder’s exhibit at ArtRage Gallery Carl Mellor, Syracuse Post Standard

2021 I Am A Man by robin holder, The Nation.Com: OppArt Artistic Dispatches From the Frontlines of Resistance

2020 For and About the People: robin holder. Essay by Dr. Halima Taha. Published by Kentler International Drawing Space and Black Art in America

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


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

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

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 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


2022 In What We See, Norfolk State University, VA, Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, NC

2022 Boundless, Bainbridge Island Museum, WA

2022 The Mystic Museum, CT, Missing Narratives

2021 Wilmer Jenning Gallery, New York City, Migration Stories

2021 Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, The Fine Print: African American Printmakers

2021 Bo Bartlett Center, GA, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi, Mississippi Music As Image and Metaphor

2020  ArtRage Past and Present, ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, New York

2020   Imagining De Gentrified Futures, curated by Betty Yu, Apexart, New York City

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

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   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, Director of Greene County Council On The Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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














Art Now After Hours, Curator – Robin King