Artist – Painter


studio shot of new White Stone studio, Summer 2021


After 36 years of living and working in wonderful Brooklyn, NY, this spring I relocated my home and studio to the Northern Neck of Virginia, in the town of White Stone.

I’m surrounded by huge trees, abundant wildlife of all sorts - birds, frogs, butterflies, moths, bugs, deer, foxes. My new home and studio is nestled between a ravine and a swamp, just minutes from the amazing Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay. What a change! I’m looking forward to experiencing this new environment and reconnecting with my home state of Virginia.

Water over the Bridge: Contemporary Seascapes

curated by D.Dominick Lombardi and Amanda Cooper

May 12 - June 29, 2018
Morean Arts Center - 719 Central Avenue - St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
» Catalogue from the exhibit

With Todd Bartel (Watertown, MA), Anne Bowen (Leesburg, FL), Stephen Bradley (Catonsville, MD), Carolina Cleere (St. Petersburg, FL), Timothy Daly (Hoboken, NJ), Don Doe (Brooklyn, NY), Rieko Fujinami (St. Petersburg, FL), Bill Gusky (Canton, CT), Scott Hatt (Mishawaka, IN), Kate Helms (Largo, FL), Tom Hooper (New York, NY), Kenny Jensen (St. Pete, FL), Dale Leifeste (St. Petersburg, FL), Margaret Lejeune (Peoria, IL), China Marks (Long Island City, NY), Brant Moorefield (Jackson Heights, NY), Steven Purtee (Cortlandt Manor, NY), Babs Reingold (St. Petersburg, FL), Holly Sears (Brooklyn, NY), Roman Turovsky (Astoria, NY)

Exhibition press:

The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years on Subways and Buses

by Alice Quinn (Editor), Billy Collins (Foreword)
This lovely new publication includes both poems (A Name by Ada Limón/2017 -and- poem by Jeffrey Yang/2012) that used my artwork from the Hudson River Explorers commission with MTA Arts for Transit.

Dark and Stormy Night: The Gothic in Contemporary Art

October 28, 2017 – February 10, 2018
Opening reception November 1st 5-8pm
Lehman College Art Gallery
» Catalogue from the exhibit

The term Gothic sends shivers down the spine. It never goes out of style and lives in the eternal moment of human dread—existential fear, wrought by the artist into a thing of beauty. LCAG will present an exhibition inspired by the original neo-Gothic buildings of Lehman College, with both a central exhibition in the gallery and site-specific work in two of the adjoining Gothic buildings. It will include more than 2-dozen established, mid-career, and emerging artists working in elements drawn from different ideas about the gothic. Artists to date: Alison Collins, Enrique Gomez De Molina, Donna Diamond, Douglas Gordon, Loris Greaud, Jeanne Heifetz, Heidi Lau, Lisa Lebofsky, Travis Louis, Adriana Marmorek, Rachel Mason, Martha McDonald, Isabelle Menin, Judith Schaechter, Holly Sears, Rachel Stern, and Jason Weller.


Lehman College Art Gallery
September 20, 2016 - January 14, 2017
Artist Talk, Holly Sears: Wednesday - December 7, 2016, 6pm
» Exhibition Catalog

El Anatsui, Radcliffe Bailey, Nancy Blum, Paul Corio, Katherine Daniels, Evie Falci, Vibha Galhotra, Ori Gersht, Damien Hirst, Jessica Johnson, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, James Lecce, Chris Leidy, Crystal Liu, Nancy Lorenz, Liza Lou, Susie MacMurray, Armando Marino, Sasha Meret, Betriz Milhazes, Marilyn Minter, Melissa “MRS” Castignoli, Paula Nadelstern, Eva Obodo, Caitlin Peluffo, Rubem Robierb, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, James Rosenquist, Michelle Sakhai, Nancy Saleme, Holly Sears, David Shaw, Devan Shimoyama, Rachel Stern, Megan Suttles, Barbara Takenaga, Mickalene Thomas, Federico Uribe, Paul Villinski, Stephen Westfall, Saya Woolfalk, and Robert Zakanitch
Curated by Bartholomew F. Bland


Curated by Leslie Kerby
featuring work by Natasha Maidoff, Debra Ramsay, Elizabeth Riley and Holly Sears
April 8 - May 8, 2016
Project ARTspace
156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308
New York, NY 10010
Artists Talk: Saturday, April 30 at 2:30pm

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 12-6pm

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ART FAIR: Art Palm Beach 2015

Booth #412
Thursday Jan 22 - Sunday Jan 25, 2015
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

American Art Collector, Jan 2015
American Art Collector, Jan 2015

Small Works exhibition

January 17 - February 15, 2015
with Dina Brodsky, Carol Carter, Michelle Doll, Hollis Dunlap, Michele Harvey, Kelly Houghton, Christian Johnson, Joseph Lorusso, alyssa Monks, Scott Redden, Holly Sears, Victoria Selbach, Lori Shorin, Steven Skollar, Andy Smenos, Dorian Velljo, Wesley Wofford, Treacy Ziegler....
American Art Collector, January 2015


group exhibition curated by D. Dominick Lombardi  
with Isak Applin, Anita Arliss, Jonathan Beer, Susan Breen, Mia Brownell, Ernest Concepcion, Paul Gagner, Richard Hoglund, Shawn Huckins, D. Dominick Lombardi, Chambliss Giobbi, Marcus Jansen, Arcady Kotler, Marci MacGuffie, Tim Merry, Arnold Mesches, Rashaad Newsome, Trong Nguyen, Leah Oates, Rebecca Reeve, Holly Sears, Karen Shaw, D. Jack Solomon, Patricia Smith, Melanie Vote
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919
March 1 - April 13, 2013
The Housatonic Museum of Art
900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT 06604
June 13 - July 26, 2013

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Holly Sears – Hudson River Explorers

(exhibition of orginal paintings used in the commission for MTA, Arts for Transit and Urban Design at the Metro-North Railroad Station in Tarrytown, NY)
Nov. 17 - Dec. 12, 2012
Kenise Barnes Fine Arts

JUNE 9 - OCTOBER 14, 2012
Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY

Metro-North Railroad Station, Tarrytown, NY:
permanent installation of laminated art glass panels installed Summer/Fall 2012

Catalog Available:
Holly Sears: Hudson River Explorers
with an essay by Bartholomew Bland

Holly Sears: Hudson River Explorers - catalog

» view catalog


ARTICLE: "Migratory Art"

Discussion of Hudson River Explorers, By James Balestrieri, American Art Collector, November, 2012


The New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA)

has awarded The Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting to Gabriele Evertz and Holly Sears, both of Brooklyn, New York.