Photography is a captivating medium in itself, but by incorporating it with other materials, we can open our minds and spark new ideas. In this workshop, Holly Roberts invites you to engage in exploration, investigation, and risk, as you combine—and recombine—disparate media: photographs, paint, text, and any other material you want to use.
We begin by experimenting with different ways of applying paint, and those painted surfaces that result become the core of the work to follow, guiding you towards your final image. Although photography is an important part of our process, it is only one of many components that contribute to the building of a successful image.
We also experiment with different transfer techniques—pigment, laser, contact paper, and polymer, to name a few—exploring the fine art of gluing and adhering. While using your own source material isn’t mandatory, it does help you connect your creative processes to the project.
Holly leads discussions and critiques (both group and individual) that improve our editing skills and hone our visual literacy. Throughout, participants are encouraged to contribute ideas and share techniques.
Spend five days pushing your aesthetic boundaries as you immerse yourself in the genre-bending world of mixed-media.
COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).
An Epson inkjet printer will be available for the workshop. The Workshops will provide basic painting materials, but students are expected to bring their own as well (list to be provided).
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
Holly Roberts earned an M.F.A. from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 1981. Her work is nationally and internationally exhibited and has been published in five monographs. She has twice received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. In January of 2018 her work was exhibited in a one person retrospective at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, called 33 Years. In 2024 Roberts will have a 40 year retrospective at MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts) called Storyteller: Holly Roberts.
Her first Monograph was Holly Roberts: Untitled 50, published by the Friends of Photography in 1989. Next came Holly Roberts: Works 1989-1999 published by Nazraeli Press, and in 2009 they published Holly Roberts: Works 2000-2009. In 2018 the Griffin Museum of Photography published another monograph called Holly Roberts: 33 Years, and in 2020 Candela Gallery published a catalog of her show with the gallery called Holly Roberts. A dedicated teacher as well as a prolific artist, she has had a profound effect on a community of artists around the country. She continues to live and work in the Southwest.