James Holland, MFA

James Holland’s work crosses disciplinary boundaries, combining movement, kinesthetic disciplines and visual art forms. In addition to a focus on digital art, photography and drawing, Holland is a performance artist and teaches West African drumming, martial arts and hands-on healing disciplines.

In 2002 Holland received a fellowship to attend The Photography Institute’s National Graduate Seminar at Columbia University. In 2004, he completed an MFA in Emerging Practices at SUNY Buffalo where his artwork blended ephemeral sculpture and performance. In 2011, in partnership with Artspace New Haven, James received an Artist Resource Trust (A.R.T.) grant from The Berkshire Taconic Foundation. And in 2012, in partnership with Billings Forge Community Works, James and his wife, Alycia Bright Holland, received a grant from the Connecticut Office of Culture and Tourism; for that year, the two were in joint residency at Billings Forge Community Works, downtown Hartford, CT. Holland also completed a 2012 summer artist residency at the Burren College of Art, Balleyvaughan, Ireland.

James Holland presently teaches digital and performance art in Eastern Connecticut State University’s Art and Art History and Performing Arts Departments.