Holly Veselka is a a conceptual artist who uses emerging technologies as both medium and subject to highlight the issues of land, biodiversity, and climate change. She has exhibited internationally and received recognitions including: a remote AI and ML Fellowship focused on the climate crisis through the Jaaga Foundation in Bangalore India in 2021; a 2019-21 Artist Studio Program Residency at Lawndale in Houston where she used emerging technology to document the remains of the Buffalo Bayou; and a 2019 Launch Pad Fellowship with the architectural firm Studio Modo and the city of Austin to create a monumental, 3D printed, public artwork. Most recently, Veselka was selected by the McNay Art Museum and Shetland Arts to create an online artwork about extraction economies in the UK. Veselka has exhibited at ACRE Projects in Chicago, IL, conducted 3D scanning projects at the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the Białowieza Forest, Poland, and presented in the 2nd Annual Digital Naturalism Conference in Gamboa, Panama. Veselka previously managed the Estate of Benny Andrews and the art publishing imprint Paper Monument in Brooklyn, NY. She moved to San Marcos, TX in 2016 where she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University.
MFA, Painting, Boston University, Boston, MA
BFA, Studio Art, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
BA, Art History, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
2021 Lovely Stream, Sabinal Gallery, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. (solo)
2021 Mine the Gap, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. Curated by Patricia Restrepo, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Houston. (3-person)
2019 The Approach, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL. Curated by Stephanie Koch, Co-Director Annas Projects. (4-person)
2019 Grosskreisentfernung/Great Circle Distance, Tête, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Marcus Brownlow. (group)
2018 Ancient Sunlight, Hello Studio, San Antonio, TX. (solo)
2018 Nighttime for Strangers, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Susan Klein. (3-person)
2017 Lift: An Exhibition of Kites, Artpace, San Antonio, TX. Curated by Bridge Projects. (group)
2017 Call and Response: Marking 10 Years of Sunroom Projects with New Works by Alumni Artists, Wave Hill, the Bronx, NY. Curated by Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts, Wave Hill. (group)
2017 Gross Frictions, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Teena Lange, Artistic Director of Grüntaler9. (group)
2015 The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space, Wave Hill, The Bronx, NY. Curated by Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Fine Arts, Wave Hill. (solo)
2015 To: Pluto, SedimentARTS, Richmond, VA 2015 How the sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, NY Curated by Jodi Waynburg, Director Artist Alliance Inc. (4-person)
2015 Closed Circuit, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY Curated by Carlo McCormick. (group)
2014 Rogue Planets, Mars Recruitment Center, Heliopolis, Brooklyn, NY. (solo)
2013 Comet Contemplation Center, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY. (solo project)
Selected Awards and Residencies
2021–22 X-Change, McNay Museum and Shetland Arts, Scotland, UK
2021 Be Fantastic Together Fellow, Bangalore, India
2019-21 Artist Studio Program, Lawndale, Houston, TX
2019-21 Launch Pad Artist, City of Austin Art in Public Places, Austin, TX
2020 Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant
2019 Artist in Residence, The Mammal Institute at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Białowieza Forest, Poland
2019 DINACON, Gamboa, Panama
2018 ACRE Artist Residency
2016 Creative Capital On Our Radar
2015 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant
“Two Artists’ Work will Feed into Debate about the Climate Emergency.” Shetland News, UK, May 11, 2021.
“This and That: Wings.” Zech, Brandon. Glasstire: Texas Visual Art. Apr 15, 2021.
“With So Many Recent Disasters, Is Houston Still Worth It?” Hargert, M. [Radio broadcast]. Houston Matters, Houston Public Radio. Mar 2, 2021.
“10 Vivid and Eye-Catching February Art Events No Houstonian Should Miss.” Ganes, Tarra. Houston Culturemap. Feb 10, 2021.
“Gap Year: Lawndale Exhibit of Resident Artists Emerges from Quarentine.” Dansby, Andrew. The Houston Chronicle. Sunday, Jan 31, 2021.
“Lawndale Selects Studio Artists.” Blay, Christopher. Glasstire: Texas Visual Art. Nov 15, 2019.
Gentler, April. Picture Berlin Handbook. (2018.) Cover illustration by Holly Veselka.
Gross Frictions. (2018). Berlin, Germany: Picture Berlin. Exhibition catalog. Essays and interviews by Teena Lange and April Gentler.
“Art Takes Flight with Lift at Artpace.” Dann, Cassandra. CO|LAB Magazine. Sept 23, 2017.
“Kite-Inspired Art Elevates Artpace to New Heights.” Cook Monroe, Nancy. Rivard Report. Sept 21, 2017.
“Call and Response at Wave Hill, through December 3, 2017.” Arts Summary: A Visual Journal. Sept 15, 2017.
“Art in the City Presents a Curated View of Art City Austin.” Blackard, Colleen. HiConcept Magazine: Creativity in Reality. 2017.
“The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Holly Veselka.” Interview by Danni Shen. Wave Hill Blog. Jul 24, 2015.
“New Directions at Greenpoint Gallery Night.” Groth, Michael. Hyperallergic. Feb 10, 2014.
“DUMBO Arts Festival Kicks Off in Brooklyn.” NY1 News. [Television broadcast]. Sept 27, 2013.