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artist , educator

Holly Downing, American Artist, educator.


Downing, Holly was born on December 9, 1948 in San Francisco, California, United States. Daughter of William and Lorraine (Chase) Downing.


Bachelor in Fine Art with honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1972; Master of Fine Arts, Goddard College, 1980.


Lecturer art, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1973, 81, 83; instructor art, Haywards Heath Adult Education, England, 1978-1980; instructor printmaking, Brighton (England) Polytechnic, 1978-1980; lecturer art, deYoung Museum Art School, San Francisco, 1981-1982; lecturer art, San Francisco State University, 1981-1982; adjunct faculty art, Santa Rosa (California) Junior College, since 1983. Honorary secretary The Printmakers Council, London, 1978-1979. Exhibitions committee California.Mus.

Art, Santa Rosa, 1994-1995.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor: (book) The Mezzotint: History and Technique, 1990. Solo exhibitions include Craven College, Yorkshire, England, 1977, Associated Independent Recording Gallery, London, 1977, Connaught Gallery, Cranleigh, Surrey, England, 1978, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1978, Southeast Arts Traveling Exhibition, England, 1980, Luz Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 1980, Annex Galleries, Santa Rosa, 1984, Allport Gallery, San Francisco, 1986, Citadel Print Center, San Jose, 1989, Ebert Gallery, San Francisco, 1992, 93, On The Wall Gallery, Medford, Oregon, 1995, Twenty-five Years of Mezzotints, Annex Galleries, Santa Rosa, California, 2001, Paintings, West Wing Gallery, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, California, 2002, Recent Paintings, Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco, 2003, Regional Paintings, Young Women’s Christian Association, Berkeley, California, 2005, The Printmaker as Painter Larry Warnock Fine Arts, San Francisco, 2007. Group shows include Allport Associates Gallery, San Francisco, 1985, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1986, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, California, 1987, World Print Council, San Francisco, 1987, The Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz, 1989, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, 1990, Sylvan Cole Gallery, New York City, 1990, Ebert Gallery, 1992, 93, Stanford University Museum Art, 1992, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, California, 1993, California Museum Art, Santa Rosa, 1993, 94, 97, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 1994, Patricia Stewart Gallery, Napa, California, 1994, Bradford Gallery, San Anselmo, California, 1996, 97, Municipal Art Gallery, 2005, Galleria, International School of Painting, Drawing, 2006, Ren Brown Gallery, Bodega Bay, California, 2007, Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008.

      Works in public collections: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, University Reading, England, University California, Santa Cruz, University Washington, Seattle, University California, Santa Barbara, Stanford Museum Art, Space Gallery, Seoul, Korea, Selkapet Kunst pa Arbeidsplassen, Norway, Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh, Rheodyne, Cotati, California, Achenbach Foundation Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, Portland Art Museum, Luz Gallery, Manila, Dundee (Scotland) Art Gallery, City of Palo Alto, California, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, others.


Married Michael John Zander, March 12, 1977. Children: Jessica Selene, Robin Peter.

William Downing

Lorraine (Chase) Downing

Michael John Zander

Robin Peter Downing

Jessica Selene Downing