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I'm Allison Leigh Holt. I'm a professional artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area and I've been teaching media art for over a decade, both at the college level and in arts organizations. I also have over five years' experience designing and teaching media art curricula to neurodivergent people. I thrive on guiding the creative evolution and social awareness of my clients, exploring our world and what it means to be human through the process of working together on art. I have an active, award-winning art practice, and I present my own research at conferences and symposia like Stanford University's Cosmology in Art + Science Symposium: Imagining The Universe, and the 20th Annual Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference at the University of Arizona. Along with being patient, experienced, and ethical, I have a down-to-earth humor and a deep appreciation for unorthodox thinking. These things combined make my clients blossom.

I'm deeply involved in the Bay Area media arts community, as an artist, as the Vice President of San Francisco Cinematheque’s Board of Directors, and as a Teacher of Media Art at Autism Social Connection.

I look forward to hearing from you

EDUCATION + EXPERIENCE

  • 2009 - J. William Fulbright Fellow, Central Java, Indonesia

  • 2007 - Master of Fine Art. Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

  • 1996 - Bachelor of Art. Focus: Visual Art, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 

  • 4+ years experience developing curricula and teaching experimental media classes to adults and teens on the autism spectrum

  • Private client support for people of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations

  • Training in Social Thinking Curriculum, Integrated Film Groups

 

TEACHING               

2015 – pres.   Neurodivergent Media Art Mentor / SF Bay Area, CA

2013 – 2017   Film/Video Teacher / Autism Social Connection / Redwood City, CA

2013                Media Art Teacher / The Perception Laboratory / Southern Exposure / San Francisco, CA

2009–10          Visiting Artist / Kelompok Bermain Mutaria Hati / Siwal Baki / Sukoharjo, Indonesia

2008                Visiting Artist / Sanggar Perbakayun / Siwal Baki / Sukoharjo, Indonesia

2007                Visiting Artist / Isomorphic Surfing / Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum / Santa Barbara, CA      

2005 - 07        Faculty + Assistant Teaching / Media + Multimedia Art / Massachusetts College of Art / Boston, MA

SELECT AWARDS

2018               Artist-In-Residence / Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science + Technology / Santa Barbara, CA

2017                Artist-In-Residence / Pro Arts / Oakland, CA

                         Nominee / Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship / The Smithsonian Institution / WA, D.C.

2015, '16         Finalist / Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship / The Smithsonian Institution / WA, D.C.

                         Nominee / Eureka Fellowship / Fleishhacker Foundation / San Francisco, CA

                         Artist-In-Residence / North Dakota Museum of Art / Grand Forks, ND

2014                Artist-In-Residence / Djerassi Resident Artist Program / Woodside, CA

2013                Grantee, Individual Artist / San Francisco Arts Commission / San Francisco, CA

2008, ’11         Artist-In-Residence / Experimental Television Center / Owego, NY

2010                Artist-In-Residence / Cemeti Art House / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2009                 J. William Fulbright Fellow / U.S. Department of State / Indonesia          

 

SELECT EXHIBITIONS | SOLO

2017                The Beginning Was The End / Pro Arts / Oakland, CA

                         Neurodivergent Media / Shapeshifters Cinema / Oakland, CA

2016                The Glass System / North Dakota Museum of Art / Grand Forks, ND

2013                Strange Loops / Institute for Computational Mathematics + Engineering / Stanford University, CA

2010                The Beginning Was The End / Cemeti Institute for Art + Society / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2006                A Means of Illumination / Axiom Gallery for New + Experimental Media / Cambridge, MA          

 

SELECT EXHIBITIONS | GROUP

2017               100 Days Action / Shapeshifters Cinema / Oakland, CA

2016                Surface Tension / Peephole Gallery / San Francisco, CA

                         Resonant Luminance / Gray Area Art + Technology / San Francisco, CA / with Kadet Kuhne

                         The Glass System / Mainframe Gallery / Seattle, WA

2015                Resonant Luminance / Crossroads Film Festival / San Francisco, CA / with Kadet Kuhne

                         Deseo Desarollo / Exploded View / Tuscon, AZ / with Steev Hise

                         Living With Endangered Languages / Root Division / San Francisco, CA

2014                Treasures of Big House / Shapeshifters Cinema / Oakland, CA / with Scott Stark 

                         Mutable Commute / Other Cinema / San Francisco, CA / with Scott Stark 

                         Nocturnal Symmetries / Anthology Film Archives / New York, NY / with Scott Stark

                         Treasures of Big House / New Media Art + Sound Summit / Austin, TX / with Scott Stark 

                         Nocturnal Symmetries / Milwaukee Underground Film Festival / Milwaukee, WI / with Scott Stark

                         Symmetries + Abstractions / Nightingale Cinema / Chicago, IL / with Scott Stark 

                         Nocturnal Symmetries / Crossroads Film Festival / San Francisco, CA / with Scott Stark

                         Hydrologies + History: Water + Memory / World Water Day Symposium / MilkBar / Oakland, CA

                         Test Patterns / ACRE TV / Mana Contemporary / Chicago, IL
2013                Translocura / Headlands Center for the Arts / Sausalito, CA

                         OneNightStand / Cemeti Art House / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

                         Signal Mountain / Optronica, Other Cinema / San Francisco, CA / with Jim Haynes
                         Light + Sculpture: Elemental Affair / Glitch Gallery / Boston, MA

2013                Night Light / SOMArts / San Francisco, CA
                         PARADE / Southern Exposure / San Francisco, CA

2012                Keeping Time / Kala Art Institute + Gallery / Berkeley, CA

                         ZERO1 Biennial / ZERO1 Arts + Technology Network / San Jose, CA

                         I Am Crime: Art On The Edge Of The Law / SOMArts / San Francisco, CA

                         Convergence/Divergence / Los Medanos College Gallery / Pittsburg, CA

2011                Signal Mountain / Activating The Medium Festival XIV / SFMOMA /  with Jim Haynes 

                         cellsbutton#05 Yogya Int’l Media Art Festival / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2010                Storyline Transports: Shadow + Light Festival / Multiple locations / Chicago, IL

                         cellsbutton#04 Yogya International Media Art Festival / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS + PRESENTATIONS

2016               47th University of North Dakota Writers Conference: The Art of Science / Panel discussion: "The Two Cultures"

                          with Brian Greene + Katharine Coles / UND/ 2016

                        47th University of North Dakota Writers Conference: The Art of Science / Panel discussion: "Other Worlds"

                            with Kim Stanley Robinson, Brian Greene + Frank Huyler / UND/ 2016

                        University of North Dakota School of Art + Design / Artist Talk / UND/ 2016

2015                Cosmology in Art + Science Symposium: Imagining The Universe / Stanford University, CA

                         Living Room Light Exchange / Oakland, CA / with Chip Lorde

2014                20th Ann. Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference / University of Arizona

                         34th Ann. Conference / Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness / Portland, OR

2013                Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous/ San Francisco University / San Francisco, CA

                         Cultural Studies Association Conference / Columbia College / Chicago, IL

2012                Women Environmental Artist Directory + Water-Wheel / International Symposium on Water

                         Symmetry + Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics / UC Santa Barbara

2011                Video Vortex / Institute of Network Cultures at Yogya. International Media Art Fest / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2010, ’11         cellsFEMALE: Women In New Media / Yogya. International Media Art Fest / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2010                North Carolina School of Science + Mathematics / Durham, NC

                         Cemeti Art House / Yogyakarta, Indonesia / 03.2010, 07.2010

                         Institut Seni Indonesia, Solo / Surakarta, Indonesia

2007                Boston Jung Institute / Newton, MA

2003                Louise Bourgeois’ Sunday Salon / New York, NY