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    Holly Streekstra

    Adjunct Instructor of Studio Arts

    Biography

    Holly Streekstra employs video, sound, performance, installation, and object making, to investigate our inner subjective states and psychic vulnerability in the contemporary world. These works examine the relationship between human nature and the nature of the physical universe. Her work has been exhibited at numerous institutions, including the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Invisible Dog, Brooklyn; White Canvas Independent Film Festival, Székesfehérvár, Hungary; and the 4th International Video-Art Festival in Camaguey, Cuba. In 2008, she was a Jerome Foundation Fellow at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota. She received the Sun-der Preis in the international art competition Betwegter Wind in North Hessen, Germany. In 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Kaposvar University in Hungary. She recently performed in the sound art residency SUMU at Titanik Galley in Turku, Finland. Streekstra received a Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University.

    TEACHING STYLE

    Professor Streekstra believes one of the greatest challenges facing University students of art and design is the struggle toward an informed and cogent understanding of what art is beyond the purview of a student’s particular interest. Changes and events in recent art history have blurred the distinctions between fine and conceptual art and complicated the working definitions of all the disciplines. She emphasizes with all her students the importance of coming to appreciate--though it is not perfect--the cannon of art that informs the present state of the art world. Accepting art as it is, and coming to realize the difference between art, verses art they like, is an important step for scholars in the field of art.

    Holly strives for a classroom atmosphere that is a blend of serious study and enjoyable camaraderie. She treats all students equally while keeping in mind that the skills and knowledge that students enter the classroom with may not require the same approach. Through one-on-one consultations, she pays special attention to each students needs, pushing them to challenge themselves at every turn. A constructive method of teaching builds upon strong foundations that often begin in the classroom. This student-teacher relationship can be transformative.

    “Whether students go on to become an art professional or an arts appreciator, I believe it is my role and duty as a teacher to deepen my students’ appreciation and understanding of art and design. It is my goal as an educator to nurture and develop potential that is already present in each of my students. Achieving this goal allows them to navigate art as an intellectual endeavor, and pass it on.”

    - Holly Streekstra