BRUCIE HOLLER BIOGRAPHY

born Myrtle Beach, South Carolina      lives Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

EDUCATION

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, BA

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland 

TEACHING

The Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, Colorado

          Director of Exhibitions

          Assistant Director of General Operations

          Instructor

Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts, Hilton Head Island, SC

           Artist-in-Residence, February 2007

           Artist-in-Residence, February 2008

           Artist-in-Residence, March 2008

           Artist-in-Residence, November 2008

           Artist-in-Residence, October 2009

EXHIBITIONS

Camellia Art, Hilton Head, SC 2009

CAS Fine Art, Savannah, GA, 2009

Art Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC, 2009, “New Directions”

The Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, CO, 2009, “Be Inspired”

Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC, 2009, “7 Points of View”

Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC, 2009, “A Presentation of Work”

Art Beyond Tradition, Art Center of Coastal Carolina, 2008, “On The Edge”

South Carolina State Museum Juried Show, 2008            

Camellia Art, Hilton Head, SC, 2007, Solo Exhibition

Coastal Living Show House, Palmetto Bluff, SC, 2007

Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC, 2007 “A Sense of History”   

Camellia Art, Hilton Head, SC, 2007        

Bus Stop Gallery, Columbia, SC, 2007

Bus Stop Gallery, Columbia, SC, 2006       

Art Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC, 2006“A Sense of Place”

Bluffton Library, Bluffton, SC, 2004 “Illuminate”

Artist Statement
As a non-representational painter, I am interested in exploring the source of inspiration. How do we walk through our lives, experiencing day to day moments, absorbing beauty, responding to nature, language, music, or life itself, and translate that into authentic, personal, transcendent art? What drives me as a painter is honing in on that inspiration, channeling it and then creating spaces and moments of contemplation and beauty through color, line and form.

Murmurations Series
For the past ten years, I have had two constant sources of inspiration, the natural world and language. Whether it was a line from a poem or haiku, language has been a very compelling point of departure when considering a body of work. Murmurations, swirling flocks of starlings, combine the natural world and my fascination with language into one incredible source of inspiration. As a non-objective painter, this body of work became an ongoing process of responding to and translating the phenomenon of murmurations - uplifting energy, air, weightlessness, wind and wildness juxtaposed with spaces of calm and gravity - poetry in motion. And as these paintings are primarily devoid of color, the line and what happens between those lines and forms become the focus.