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Curlee Raven Holton ( - )
Curlee Raven Holton
Curlee Raven Holton is a printmaker and painter whose work has been exhibited professionally for over twenty-five years in more than thirty one-person shows and over eighty group shows. His exhibitions have included prestigious national and international venues such as Egypt’s 7th International Biennale, Taller de arts Plasticas Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His works is in many private and public collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; The Discovery Museum of Art and Science in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion; the Foundation of Culture Rodolfo Morales in Oaxaca, Mexico; Yale University Art Gallery; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pennsylvania; and the Library of Congress.
Holton has had articles and reviews written about his work in more than forty different publications. As part of his research and study as an artist-scholar he has lectured and presented demonstrations throughout the United States and abroad in Mexico, the West Indies, and Costa Rica.
Holton has been an artist in residence at museums, colleges, and universities. He has presented over seventy public lectures on the subjects of his work, African America art, and contemporary printmaking. He has written numerous articles and essays on art and artists that have been published in catalogues and journals.
Many of Holton’s artworks have been published in magazine, newspapers, and documented on television. He has received awards and grants for his work and creative research. His work has been described as both powerful and graceful. The breadth of his visual investigations has included traditional as well as innovative approached to his art making process. Holton’s mastery is demonstrated in his manipulation of diverse mediums and techniques including printmaking, drawing, painting and bookmaking. His deft orchestration of often complex and difficult techniques has resulted in works of force and power that have distinguished Holton and his work.
Holton earned his M.F.A. with honors from Kent State University and his B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts in Drawing and Printmaking. Since 1991 he has taught Printmaking and African American Art History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and is also the founding director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute. Works produced by EPI have been included in such prestigious collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum, Allentown Art Museum and Yale University of Art Gallery.