Faculty: Jan Holcomb


Jan Holcomb is on sabbatical for the fall 2013 semester.

Senior Critic Jan Holcomb has been teaching at RISD since 1978. He earned his BFA in Ceramics and Painting at the University of Michigan and his MFA in Ceramics at California State University. He is fascinated by nature and uses the rich array of visual materials revealed by the sciences as sources in his work. One technique he has recently been exploring is the use of Photoshop to develop digital collages based on geologic imagery, an intuitive process that allows him to tap into his subconscious for inspiration. Holcomb won two NEA Fellowship Grants and has exhibited his work at museums and galleries across the US. He lives with his wife Christina M. Bertoni, who is a professor in RISD’s Division of Foundation Studies.

Jan Holcomb

Jan Holcomb

Senior Critic

  • MA, California State University -
  • BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


  • CER-4025

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