Education

MFA, Painting, Washington State University Pullman, WA  2003
BFA, Painting, Washington University St. Louis, MO 1992

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
Unspeakable, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN
Brain Stains, NIH Clinical Center Gallery, Bethesda, MD

2016
Unspeakable, 39th Street Gallery, Brentwood, MD

2015
Hello Masterpiece: Farewell Tour, David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN

2013
Help Yourself, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN
Hello Masterpiece Denouement, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2012
Hello Masterpiece, Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2011
Hello Pablo, Goodbye Liz, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN

2010
Hello Modern Art, PHD Gallery St. Louis, MO
Hello Masterpiece, Burnett Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Unholy Ghosts, Mountain Gallery, Reno, NV

2009
Hello Masterpiece Curator’s Office, Washington, D
Hello Masterpiece, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis

2008
Hello Masterpiece, PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Hello Masterpiece, Firehouse Gallery, Grants Pass, OR

2006
See Through, Bonsack Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2005
Effective Disorder, College of the Siskiyous Art Gallery, Weed, CA

Selected Group Exhibits

2016
Show of Hand, David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN

2015
Emulsion, Gallery H on O, Washington, DC
Mash Up, David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN

2014
Strange Bedfellows, VisArts, Rockville, MD
20 Year Anniversary Exhibit, Firehouse Gallery, Grants Pass, OR

2013
Art Miami, David Lusk Gallery

2012
Context- Art Miami, Curator’s Office
Art Miami, David Lusk Gallery
ARTMKT Hamptons, David Lusk Gallery

2011
Art Miami, David Lusk Gallery

2009
Art Miami, David Lusk Gallery
Finding Grace Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO
You Think that’s Funny? Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008
Mixology Curator’s Office
Scope New York, Curator’s Office
Ensemble, PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2007
Aqua Art Fair, Curator’s Office
American Democracy Project, Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO
Scope Hampton, Curator’s Office
DC Art Fair, Curator’s Office
Dislocations, Ann Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD

2006
Time’s Body of Evidence, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Layered, Stitched, Assembled, Art St. Louis Gallery (honor award recipient)

2005
Unholy Icons, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD
Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
Art St. Louis XXI, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO (honor award recipient)

2004
Pop, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Body Politics, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA                    
WSU Fine Art Faculty, Fina Gallery, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, B.C.

2003
Popular TM, WORKS Gallery, San Jose, CA

Press and Publications

  • New American Paintings, No. 130, Southern Issue, 2017
  • In the Galleries: Unspeakable, Washington Post, June 2016
  • Leslie Holt’s Unspeakable Discussed, East City Art blog, June 2016
  • Cover image and feature article, Nashville Art Scene magazine, May 2014
  • Cavendish Projects: The Diadem Interview https://medium.com/art-and-artists/cb7623016dfb, December 2013
  • Work featured in Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek across the Pacific by Christine R. Yano, Duke University Press. 2013
  • Critics Picks: Leslie Holt: Hello Masterpiece, Nashville Scene, September 2012
  • Hello Masterpiece, Minnesota Public Radio “State of the Arts,” November 19, 2010
  • The Five Spot, Minneapolis Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com, November 27, 2010
  • Leslie Holt at Curator’s Office, Washington Post July 17, 2009
  • Art History gets Cute, Express Night Out, Washington, DC July 2009
  • Art with a Purrpose, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 2008
  • Hello Kitty Travels the World of Art, St. Louis South City Journal, May 2008
  • Hello Masterpiece: Miniature Oil Paintings by Leslie Holt, St. Louis Magazine, May 2008
  • Art of Survival: Women, Healing, and the Arts, Publisher: Elka Books, 2006.
  • Twilight Symphony: Healing Time’s Body of Evidence, Dayton City Paper, September 2006.
  • Health, Aging Issues Examined at Wright State, Dayton Daily News, September 2006
  • References are personal in Holt’s Art, Herald Press News, Jan 26, 2005
  • Leap Year by Alexandra Bellos, Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO, 1995
  • Women’s Work by Alexandra Bellos, Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO, 1994

 

Teaching Experience

Fontbonne University St. Louis, MO, Lecturer
Spring 2005 – present: Online Art Appreciation, Art History Survey I and II

Catholic Charities of Washington Washington, DC
August 2016 – present: Weekly art class for adults with severe mental illness

Prince Georges County Parks and Recreation Council Greenbelt, MD, Teaching Artist
January 2014– present: Group classes for teens and adults with disabilities

Art Works Now Mt. Rainier, MD, Teaching Artist
March 2013 – May 2017: Group and individual classes for people with disabilities and seniors

Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL, Adjunct Instructor
Fall 2007- Fall 2011: Online Art Appreciation, Figure Drawing, Design I and II

St. Louis Community College at Meramec Adjunct Instructor
Fall 2005 – Spring 2008: Design I, Design II, Drawing I

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Adjunct Instructor
Spring - Fall 2005: Intro to Painting

Washington State University Pullman, WA, Adjunct Instructor, Instructor of Record
Fall 2001 – Spring 2004: 2D Design, Intro to Drawing, Intro to Figure Drawing, Advanced Figure Drawing, Intro to Painting

 

Additional Professional Experience

Red Dirt Studio, Mt. Rainier, MD
Co-director of studio of 30 artists and other creative professionals. February 2015 - present

Art Works Now Mt. Rainier, MD
Part time grant writer. March 2013- May 2014

VSA Missouri, the state organization on arts and disability
Executive Director.  Statewide organization that promotes access to the arts for people with disabilities. November 2010 – May 2012
Board President. August 2009-November 2010

Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO
Program Coordinator. Pediatricians in Community.  January 2006 – October 2010

Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NAMI St. Louis, MO
Family Support Specialist; Director of Advocacy October 2004 – January 2006

St. Louis Community College St. Louis, MO
TANF Student Advocate for students receiving welfare benefits 1998-2001   

Places for People St. Louis, MO
Community Support Worker for adults with serious and persistent mental illness 1994-1997

Life Skills Foundation, Inc St. Louis MO
Part-time Residential Instructor for adults with developmental disabilities 1992-1996