Conservationist Cause by Cheryl Holz, 2013, acrylic, leaves, and tagua nut on panel, 14 x 11 x 2.25 in. (Excerpts from conservationists/authors Thoreau and Leopold run throughout the background of this piece. A tagua nut is nestled into the niche. Tagua is an ivory- like nut harvested from palm trees indigenous to the South American countryside. It provides an alternative to ivory, and provides jobs for farmers and artisans.)
Cheryl Holz grew up in the country, collecting moss, bugs, leaves, and to her mother’s chagrin, snakes and salamanders. Her rural upbringing has had a big influence on her artwork and aesthetic sensibility. Holz taught after earning her undergraduate degree in Art Education and again after receiving her M.F.A. Although she enjoyed it, she slowly developed into a full-time artist as interest in her work grew. Holz’s artwork can now be viewed in art galleries, the occasional fair or festival, her studio, through art consultants, and on her website. Her goal is to constantly grow in and through her art. She'd like to inspire, in others, the same love of nature that she experiences. In doing so she is promoting the recognition that we are inseparable from this earth we live in. Holz’s artwork has received national recognition, been shown in museums, and purchased by art collectors, corporations, and hospitals. Her greatest reward by far, however, is loading her dogs into the truck and heading to her studio!
Lecture: April 15, 2015
in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
All our lectures are free and open to the general public.
For more information about the visiting artist lectures and workshops at Waubonsee Community College, contact Cecilia Vargas, Art Coordinator, at (630) 466–2964.
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