Holly Hughes teaches graduate and undergraduate students at RISD and presents lectures at many other institutions in the US and abroad. Born in San Antonio, TX, she currently divides her time between Providence and an old barn in upstate New York, where she paints and makes prints and ceramics.
Hughes has traveled extensively and studied traditional ink painting of the landscape as well as calligraphy at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, China. She has also lived and worked in France, Mexico and Italy. Her work is heavily influenced by decorative arts and is included in such collections as the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, the RISD Museum, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, the Freedman Gallery at Albright College and the Pfizer Collection. She has recently exhibited paintings and prints at the Granoff Center at Brown University and at the Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, NY, and her work has been reviewed in many publications, including The New York Times, ARTnews, Art Forum and Art in America.