Sculpture-Installation artist returns to inspire visual arts students
Kim Holleman, an award-winning artist who grew up in Palm Beach County and had her first piece of artwork displayed at the Norton Museum of Art at the age of eight, will be a featured Hearst Artist in the Dreyfoos Hearst Masterclass series this fall. Ms. Holleman will present to visual arts sculpture and architecture students October 2, 3 and 4 during the school day on the school campus adjacent to CityPlace in Downtown West Palm Beach. Holleman, who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, is a sculptor and installation artist. She was born in Tampa, Florida and grew up in suburban Palm Beach Gardens, attending Palm Beach Gardens High School. She fondly recalls her first experience as a showing artist when she was selected to show her work at the Norton Museum of Art in second grade.
Kim went on to graduate from The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art in New York in 1995 and then attended the Rietveld Academie in the department of Autonomous Sculpture in Amsterdam, Holland. Holleman’s first solo exhibition in NY: Law of the Land was chosen ‘Best in Show’ in The Village Voice, while her second solo show, Circa: 2012, received a record breaking 1,000 visitors. Holleman’s award-winning work, Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park debuted at The Storefront for Art and Architecture (‘06), The Supreme Court of NY (‘08) and The Cooper Union (‘10), Sculpture Center (‘12), and will exhibit at the upcoming World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science (’12). Holleman was a finalist in the international ONE Prize interdisciplinary architectural competition and has presented her work at The Cooper Union for a TEDx conference, which can be viewed at TED.com: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxCooperUnion-Kim-Holleman-Tr. Holleman’s work has been featured in the NY Times, The Metro, Next American City Magazine, and has been profiled in depth on Treehugger.com and Inhabitat.com.
Holleman was selected as a guest artist for Dreyfoos because of the connections of her work to that of the art and architecture students at Dreyfoos studying under the guidance and instruction of long -time sculpture/architecture instructor, John Griffin.
ABOUT THE DREYFOOS HEARST MASTERCLASS SERIES
The School of the Arts Foundation, which supports the arts and academic curriculum at the internationally-acclaimed Dreyfoos School of the Arts, received its first grant of $75,000 from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation In July 2007. Every year since the Hearst Foundation has awarded that same amount to fund the Hearst Guest Artist Masterclass Series at Dreyfoos.
The Guest Artist Program has opened many doors for Dreyfoos students. The artists expose students to a wide array of art disciplines and cultures that enable them to expand their repertoire of experiences and abilities. Many of the guest artists are affiliated with post secondary educational institutions and professional companies. These connections are crucial to students’ acceptances into summer institutes, colleges, conservatories and dance companies.
ABOUT DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts was founded in 1989 as the premier arts high school in the School District of Palm Beach County, the nation’s eleventh largest school district which serves a county geographically larger than Rhode Island or Delaware. This Choice Program school accepts students based upon a competitive audition process from all public and private middle and high schools in the county. With a current enrollment of 1,300 students, the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts offers its students intensive study within their art area and a rigorous college preparatory academic curriculum. The innovative program has led to the school receiving a multitude of awards and recognitions on all levels, local to international, including a 2007 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School Award, a rank of 37 in Newsweek’s ranking of America’s best high schools (2012), and the 2008 Palm Beach County Cultural Council Muse Award for Arts or Cultural Organization / Budget more than $500,000.