Ski Holm


Biography

Ski Holm hails from East Northport, Long Island. At age sixteen he was invited to study life drawing at C.W. Post College and as Fine Arts major at FIT in New York City he studied composition and painting with Richard Pitts, Don Perlis, Susan Daykin and Vincent Arcilesi - all established artists of the era. 


During a five year stint as staff Artist-In-Residence for Chrystal Field/George Bartenieff’s Theater for the New City in NYC Ski expanded his range of work to include set design and scene painting for many productions including the world premier of the Obie Award-winning play The Danube by Irene Fornes. 

Ski established a resident studio at his home in Franklin County, PA in 1992. Since then he has exhibited in New York City, Philadelphia and many local galleries throughout PA and MD.  Known early on for landscapes his focus has shifted to single subjects that developed into a series of multi-media works such as The Caribbean, Up and Corn. The most recent subjects, and the focus of this latest exhibit of still life pieces, are common objects including Produce, The Broken Bowl and Fortune Cookies. “There is nothing more freeing than to work within constraints,” says Holm, “It gives you an opportunity to work an idea to death.” 

In addition to his full-time production schedule Ski is a committed advocate for arts education. He offers private lessons in drawing and painting and created a special course in portfolio development for high school students who continued fine arts studies at Maine College of Art, Kutztown University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

He was a member of the Salmagundi Club and the Figurative Artists’ Alliance in New York as well as many local organizations.  Ski has been a faculty member at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD since 2007, offering classes in Painting, Composition, Portraiture and Drapery. He is also a Resident Artist with the Arts in Education program of the PA Council on the Arts. 

Ski admires the work of Edward Fenimore, Pierre Bonnard, Balthus, Fairfield Porter and Wayne Thiebaud. He is a life-long Yankees fan and enjoys the writings of Rex Stout and Kinky Friedman.


 
Experience:


1992-Pres.         Private Art Instructor, Chambersburg, PA
2011-Pres.         Instructor at the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts, Chambersburg, PA
2007-2014          Art Instructor at the School of Arts, Washington Co. Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD

2011-13              Artist Residency, James Buchanan High School. Mercersburg, PA

2009, 2017         Juror for the Annual Student Exhibit, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

2002-03             Supervised the Honors Art Program at Hoffman Homes and the subsequent exhibit,   
                               The Art of Healing, at Art Bank / Americas' Arts, Gettysburg, PA    
2002                  Lectured at The Waynesboro Studio Club, The Process of Painting.
2000                  Became a member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC
1994-00             Board Member of the Franklin County Art Alliance. Chambersburg, PA
1999                  Juror for the Mail Art Competition, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA

1998                  Lectured at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

1993-97             Commissioned by The New York Yankees Foundation, Cubs Care and
                               The March of Dimes to create works for their respective charity events.  
1996                  Lectured at Wilson College on Landscape Painting.
1995                  The painting On Deck published in two Beckett publications.
1982-84             Artist in Residence Theater for the New City, NYC
1982-83             Scene Painter for two plays by Maria Irene Fornes
1982                  Scene Painter for the play The Dispossessed, by Leonard Melfi
1981                  Serigrapher, Chromacomp, Inc., NYC

1979-80             Member of The Figurative Artists' Alliance, NYC




Education:


1977-80              Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, Fine Arts (Pitts, Perlis, Daykin)
1978                  The Art Students' League, NYC, Anatomy (Hale)
1973-76              C. W. Post College, Long Island, NY, Life Drawing



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