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ARTIST STATEMENT

Inspiration for my work comes from what I witness in routine life and adjacent surroundings. I  consider myself an observation artist, directing attention to details in life that might otherwise go unnoticed if we are not paying close enough attention. Accessible nature, family roles and dynamics, and reflections on identity are all things that inspire my work. They show an introspective look at how we interact with each other, the world around us, and what I experience in modern motherhood. Morning light on dishes, a momentary glance, a shared emotion, the way a flower falls apart, and a cluster of trees on a city street can all be sources of inspiration. Even in the simplest, most ordinary moments, we can find unexpected meaning and beauty if we are willing to stop and recognize it.

 

ARTIST CV

ARTIST BIO

Holly Romano lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. Her paintings and photographs are rooted in the complexities of female identity and being a mother — from caring for children to maintaining a household. She also uses alternative photography processes and mixed media to explore the beauty and vastness of the natural world and hopes to promote wonder and appreciation.


Romano holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. After a successful career in the graphic design field, she now focuses on fine art photography, painting, mixed media, and alternative processes. Her award-winning artwork has been selected for juried shows and is exhibited nationally.

EDUCATION

BFA from Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Education coursework from Columbus State Community College, Ohio

CREATIVE JOB EXPERIENCE

Teaching Artist

Creating lessons and teaching preschool through elementary-aged children. Focusing on art history, process art, and art fundamentals. Locations include a community center, a preschool, and a local gallery.

Graphic Artist

Experienced designer with a demonstrated history of marketing, graphical, and project management support working in multiple industries. Design skills included pre-press, typography, photography, branding, art direction, and Adobe Creative Suite. Also served as a support for project management, office support and coordination.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

  • Annual Juried Photography Show, SAGE Community Arts, Sheridan, WY 

  • Homesick: An International Photography Exhibition, The Art Effect, Poughkeepsie, NY

  • ImageOhio, Juried Photography Show, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH

  • Landscapes 2021, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

  • International Juried Photography Exhibition, University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art,
    Hattiesburg, MS

  • Body, J. Mane Gallery, Online

  • Home: A Sense of Place, Juried Exhibition, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 

  • 17th Annual Bryn Du Art Show, Bryn Du Museum, Granville, OH

  • Ohio Art League Spring Juried Show, Columbus, OH

  • Art of Photography 2021, Prairie Village Arts Council, Prairie Village, KS

  • Observing Motherhood, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • Exposed 2021, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA

  • Six Feet: Boundaries, Belonging & Becoming, Makers Circle, Marshall, NC

  • Expressive Floral, ArtDoc Photography Magazine, Online

  • That Which Surrounds You, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA


2020

  • Ohio Art League Fall Juried Show, Columbus, OH

  • Dublin Area Art League Fall Member Show, Dublin, OH

  • Featured Artist, HomeWorks by Ohio Art League, Columbus, OH

  • Ohio Art League Spring Juried Show, Columbus, OH​

  • Women Made Gallery Juried Show, Chicago, IL​


2019

  • Ohio State Fair Fine Art Juried Show, Columbus, OH

AWARDS/HONORS

2021

  • First place, SAGE Community Arts, Sheridan, WY 

  • Third place, J. Mane Gallery, Online

  • Honorable mention, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA

MEMBERSHIPS

Art Mums United, International

Artist/Mother Community, International

Dublin Area Art League, Dublin, Ohio

Ohio Art League, Columbus, Ohio

 

INTERVIEW

Winners Roundtable with Juror — SAGE Community Arts