Holly Hughes

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ... was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where she graduated from Notre Dame de Sion High School in 1973. She received a Fred Conway Scholarship for Art and studied at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from 1973-1975. Between 1975 and 1977, she apprenticed with photographer Alex Kayser. In 1983 she received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and moved to Socorro, NM, where she met George MacLeod.

Holly likes to stimulate chain reactions. She concentrates on community related art projects that emphasize recycling and environmental awareness. Her works can be found in the Capital Rotunda in Santa Fe, in the library at New Mexico Tech, and in numerous private and public collections nationwide. Holly's past community art projects have included:

Project New Mexico

A 4,000 mile bicycle adventure through each county of the state of New Mexico. Extended time was spent in four diverse communities creating art projects.
Project #1:
Zuni: "The Passing of Oral Traditions:" Two larger than life permanent outdoor sculptures depicting a grandmother in traditional clothes talking to a little boy. These sculptures were made with the help of about fifty Zuni Residents, mostly adult disabled clients working at the recycling center.The sculptures were installed outside the ZEE Recycling Center in Blackrock.

Project #2:
Cimarron: "The Santa Fe Trail:" This 7 x 14 x 12 foot tapestry depicting a wagon on the Santa Fe Trail was made with the help of about 250 elementary and high school students. It is on permanent display inside the Cimarron High School.

Project #3:
Roswell: "The Hands of Hope:" A temporary installation in Reishman Park on Main Street featuring two 16 x 30 foot banners with 850 hands and messages of hope for the future, and six 2x life size figures representing our hope that people of different ages and cultures will join hands in friendship and peace. The "Hands of Hope" project will be moved to an interior location in mid-January.

Project #4:
Deming: "A Little Vineyard RV Park:" This 3.5 x 6 x .5 foot tapestry depicting an elderly couple playing cards in front of their RV, was made over Christmas week with help from about 30 residents and visitors to the park. It is on permanent display in the Recreation Center of the Little Vineyard RV Park, 2901 Motel Drive East.


1995, 18ft. x 10ft. x 10ft., New Mexico Tech Library, built with the people of Socorro to celebrate the State Science Fair

Trail's End

1994, Entry to the rodeo ground in Magdalena, New Mexico

Miner's Friend

1992, 8ft. x 8ft. x 2ft., New Mexico Tech Library

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Last modified by LaRoe 16 April 1996.