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Nancy Louise Holt, American artist. CAPS grantee, 1975, 78; Guggenheim fellow, 1978; National Endowment for Arts grantee, 1975, 78, 83, 85, 88; W National Educational Television Artist in Residence grantee, 1977; Beard's Fund Inc., grantee, 1977.


Holt, Nancy Louise was born on April 5, 1938 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Ernest Milton and E. Louise (Jellicoe) Holt.


Bachelor of Science, Tufts University, 1960. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University South Florida, 1996.


Visiting artist University Rhode Island, University Montana. Lecturer, Princeton University, New Jersey.


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    • Author: Ransacked, 1980, Time Outs, 1985. One-woman shows include Art Gallery, University Montana, 1972, Art Center, University Rhode Island, Kingston, 1972, LoGiudice Gallery, New York City, 1973, Bykert Gallery, New York City, 1974, Walter Kelly Gallery, Chicago, 1974, Franklin Furnace, New York, 1977, Whitney Museum Young American Filmmakers Series, New York City, 1977, John Weber Gallery, New York City, 1979, 82, 84, 86, 93, Flow Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, 1985. Sculpture commissions include Views through a Sand Dune, Narragansett Beach, Rhode Island, 1972, Hydra's Head, Artpark, Lewiston, New York, 1974, Sun Tunnels, Great Basin Desert, Utah, 1976, Rock Rings, Western Washington University, Bellingham, 1978, Inside Out, Washington, 1980, Star-Crossed, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1979-1981, Wild Spot, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 1979-1980, Annual Ring, Saginaw, Michigan, 1981, Catch Basin, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1982, Sole Source, Dublin, Ireland, 1983, Time Span, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, 1981, Dark Star Park, Arlington, Virginia, 1979-1984, Waterwork, Gallaudet College, Washington, 1984, Pipeline and Starfire Anchorage, 1986, End of the Line/West Rock, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, 1985, Astral Grating, New York City, 1987, Spinwinder, Southeastern Massachusetts University, 1991, Ventilation III: Finn Air, Tampere Museum, Finland, 1992, Ventilation IV: Hampton Air, Guild Hall Museum, Easthampton, New York, 1992, Solar Rotary, University of S. Florida, 1995, Up and Under, Nokia, Finland, 1998.

      Films include Swamp, 1971, Pine Barrens, 1975, Sun Tunnels, 1978. Videotapes include Underscan, 1974, Revolve, 1977, Art in the Public Eye, 1988.


Married Robert I. Smithson, June 8, 1963 (deceased 1973).

Ernest Milton Holt

E. Louise (Jellicoe) Holt

Robert I. Smithson