Holly Sumner

48 South Street, Beacon, NY 12508

phone 917-318-1956.....email. holly.r.sumner@gmail.com

website: www.hollysumner.net

instagram: @hollysumnerart


2020 Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY, “Holly Sumner, Paintings” Solo 

2019 Art Spaces @ Krasdale, White Plains, NY, “Influenced by Nature” curated by Kirsten Kucer

         Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, "“Influenced by Nature 2” curated by Kirsten Kucer

         Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY, “Small Works”

2018 Windows on Main, Create Space, Beacon NY, “Luminescent Radiolaria 2” (Solo)

2017 Petaluma Center for the Arts, Petaluma, CA “Tidal Response”

         Drawing Rooms, Jersey City NJ “The Big Small Show”

         Sideshow, Brooklyn, NY “Thru the Rabbit Hole 2”

2016 Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ “The Nature of Things” (Solo)

2015 Mixed Greens, New York, NY “Luminescent Radiolaria” Window Installation (Solo)

         Dana Kane Studio, Brooklyn NY, “Gone Fishin”

2014 Rose Burlingham Projects, New York, NY “The New Green”

2013 Wave Hill, Bronx, NY “Tandem Pursuits: Armor & Ichthyology”

         BRIC “Short List” curated by Leslie Kerby (online)

2012 Beaumaris Festival, Wales, “Plankton Shape and Form: An Inspiration in Art and Design”

         A Gallery Contemporary, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Summer Pop-Up (4 person)

2011 Kentler International Drawing Space, “The Kentler Flatfiles @ 21”

2009 The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI, “Slow News International”

2008 Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY, “Friends”

         ArtNow, (Fair) Broadthinking, New York, NY

         Rule Modern and Contemporary, Denver, CO

2007 ASLO, The Influence of Planktonic Form in Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM

2006 Institute for Psychoanalytical Research, New York, NY

2005 d.u.m.b.o Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY “Human Scale” curated by Doug Bohr

         Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland “The Trunk Show”

         Women's Library, London Metropolitan University “The Trunk Show

         Stellar Union, Southampton, NY

2004 d.u.m.b.o Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY “Up and Off the Wall” curated by Donald Sultan

         Rubin Museum of Art “The Flag Project”

2003 Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA “Artists Respond To War”

2000 Exit Art, New York, NY “Choices”

1999 Rule Modern & Contemporary, Denver, CO “Denatured” (Two-Person)

         MMC Gallery, New York, NY “Animal Lives”

1998 Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA “Death & Desire Show”

1997 Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY “Edge of Chaos” curated by John Torreano

         Boulder Museum for Contemporary Art, CO “Natural Abstraction: Holly Sumner - Paradise           as Site” (Solo)

1996 Gray Matters, Dallas, TX “Drawing from New York”

1995 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY “Under Glass” 

         Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburg, PA “Like Young: 12 New York Painters” curated by               Ingrid Schaffner

1995 Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY “Green Piece”

1994 Ellsworth Public Library, Maine “Emerging New York Artists”

1993 Artists Space, New York, NY “Artists Select”

1993 The Drawing Center, New York, NY “The Return of the Cadavre Exquis”

1992 Skep Gallery, New York, NY “Suzanne Bocanegra, Kellie Murphy, Holly Sumner”

         Skep Gallery, New York, NY “Holly Sumner: Paintings” (Solo)

1991 MMC Gallery, Marymount College, New York, NY “In Memory of Nature”

1988 Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT

1986 Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Denver Art Museum “Alliance for Contemporary Art Exhibit”

         Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO “A Colorado Landscape Painters Show”

1985 Aspen Museum of Art, CO “Colorado Landscape: New Directions”

1984 Denver Art Museum “Colorado Biennial”

        Traveled to: Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO

        Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

        Colorado State University Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

        Aspen Museum of Art, CO “Small Wonders”

        Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO “A Colorado Painting Show”

        City Spirit Gallery, Denver, CO “Holly Sumner, Phillip Wofford” (Two-Person)

        Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO “Messengers” (Two-Person)

        Unicorn Gallery, Aspen, CO (Two-Person)

1983 Cocodrilles II Building, Denver, CO “Six”

1982 Cocodrilles II Building, Denver, CO “CRANE: Colorado Resident Artists New Exhibitions”

         Clayton Staple Memorial Gallery, Wichita State University, KS


Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY


Rooney, Alison. "Portraits of Plankton" The Highlands Current (Garrison, NY) May 17,2021 (see link)

Mixed Greens Video Interview; “Luminescent Radioalaria”, Produced by Mixed Greens Gallery, (see link)

Hodara, Susan. “Where Medieval Armor Meets the Aquatic” New York Times,September 19, 2013. (see link)

Schubert, Lisa; Winchester, Simon; Paul, Katherine Anne. The Flag Project. (New York, NY) 2007. p 145, 188

Smith, Craig. “Making a mountain out of a micro-organism” Pasatiempo (Santa Fe,NM) Feb 2-8,2007, pp.40-42

Paglia, Michael.”Place Settings”Westword,(Denver,CO) March 11-17,1999, p.59

Chandler, Mary.”Critcs’ Choice: Art”,Denver Rocky Mountain News, Sunday Feb 14,1999, p.31

Heath, Jennifer. “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary”, Boulder Planet, June 25, 1997, p.4C

Anon. “From the Big Apple”, The Dallas Morning News, Nov 15, 1996, guide p. 44

Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: Artists ‘Select’ Part 1”, The New York Times, Jan 7,1996, p. C23

Clegg, Nancy. “Art: Blandscapes”, Westword, (Denver, CO), Feb 5 - 11, 1986, p. 30

Clurman, Irene. “Eye on Art: Colorado landscape artists exhibit variety of styles”,

Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), Jan 17, 1986, p. 7W

Glenn, Reed. “Ten artists offer landscapes for all seasons”, The Sunday Camera.

(Boulder, CO), Jan 12, 1986, p. 10A

Anon. “American West is theme of show”, The Aspen Times Feb 28, 1985, p. 9B

Clurman, Irene. “A show to match the mountains”, Rocky Mountain News.

(Denver, CO), March 19, 1985, p. 41

Julian, June. “Holly Sumner”(review), New Art Examiner, Feb 1985, p. 66

Anon. “Unicorn exhibits pair of painters”, The Aspen Times, March 22, 1984, p. 13B

Fudge, Jane. “The 1983 Colorado Biennial” Muse. Feb/March 1984, p.13

Fudge, Jane. “Messengers: artists in awe of birds”, Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

Oct 10, 1984, p. 11A

Kronwitter, Carol. “Colorado Biennial 1983: Contemporary show is nice change”

The Pueblo Star-Journal and Sunday Chieftain, Pueblo, CO April 8, 1984, p.2D

Price, Max. “Exhibition explores the roles of birds in legends” The Denver Post

Oct 5, 1984, p.

Price, Max. “Catching a bit of City Spirit” The Denver Post Dec 21, 1984, p. 47

Pytel, Christopher. “Eye fantasies, myths of the west”, The Apen Times,

March 29, 1984, p. 7B

Clurman, Irene. “Museum Biennial puts bite in art” Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

Dec 9 1983, p. 7W

Fudge, Jane. “’83 Biennial: a mixture of peaks and valleys” Daily Camera (Boulder)

Dec 28, 1983, p. 10E


University of Colorado, Boulder, CO MFA 1984

Alfred University, Alfred, NY BFA 1975


2003 - 2007 NYU, Adjunct Instructor

2002 - 2007 New School, Adjunct Instructor

1994 San Francisco Art Institute, Visiting Instructor



J P Morgan, New York, NY

Hale and Dorr, Boston, MA

Capital Group, Los Angeles, CA