Erin Holliday is a native of Hot Springs, an experience which fostered an early love of the arts and community. She was an active participant in the arts as a teen, volunteering for arts organizations and frequenting gallery exhibits and poetry readings downtown. ...Read more
Erin Holliday is a native of Hot Springs, an experience which fostered an early love of the arts and community. She was an active participant in the arts as a teen, volunteering for arts organizations and frequenting gallery exhibits and poetry readings downtown. After graduating Erin relocated to Kansas City, MO where she received a BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Since returning to Hot Springs in 2010, she has led a multifaceted professional life balancing business, artistic, and community objectives. Erin’s interest in community development has been fulfilled through serving on the Community Development Advisory Committee (2013-2017) and the Planning Commission (2017-2019) of the City of Hot Springs. Erin currently serves as the District 1 Director for the City of Hot Springs and on the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission. She is also on the board of the Stonewall Democrats of Arkansas and is an alum of the Victory Institute. Erin is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer through the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas.
Professionally, Erin has worked in many different capacities within the arts community including professional curatorial art handling and installation, commercial and community gallery management, art consulting, and historic restoration. She has been responsible for curating over 100 gallery exhibits, primarily composed of local community artists. Since 2012, she has served as the Executive Director of Emergent Arts, a local art center serving emerging artists of all ages and abilities through arts education, gallery exhibits, residency studios, and community collaborations. In 2016, Erin was one of three finalists for the Arkansas Nonprofit Professional of the Year. Two years later she was awarded the first ever Artist Residency through the Hot Springs Sister City Program where she spent a month in Hanamaki, Japan representing the arts community of Hot Springs. Erin returned to Hanamaki to install a site-specific sculpture which is a gift from the City of Hot Springs to Hanamaki. Erin’s illuminated sculpture and kinetic installations have been exhibited and collected regionally and public works can be seen at St. Luke Women’s Center in K.C. and the Olathe, Kansas Community Center.Read Less