About

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Holly Savas is a collage artist and graphic designer whose work is driven by combining dissonant elements that exaggerate the visual contrasts she sees in the world around her.  In its March 2016 Issue, Mud Season Review notes that Savas’ Containers series “engages with what she describes as the tension created when modern, contemporary colors and patterns are paired with more primitive shapes” as an exploration of the contrast between old and new.

Working from her studio in San Francisco’s NOPA district, Holly is an avid collector of paper debris that can be found blowing through the city. Debris and similar ‘accidentally discovered’ items in her neighborhood lend an element of spontaneity to Holly’s creative process and often comprise a good part of her finished pieces, whether serving as bold subject or simply background material in a series of work. In Holly’s 2014 series Mapping San Francisco in Mixed Media, she captured 49 square segments of San Francisco through the lens of mixed media and debris, sourced by walking through each square of our seven-mile by seven-mile city.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Holly has worked from her home studio in San Francisco’s North Panhandle neighborhood for almost two decades. She has also lived in Spain, Southern California and New York City. Holly shows her work in the Bay Area and throughout California, and in 2013 she won the Sustainable Arts Foundation Finalist Award given to working artists with families. She can spend hours pouring through stacks of vintage advertisements, old books and antique wallpaper samples: her next project will be a series of abstract landscapes that make use of sewing patterns from the 1950s and a set of Royal Society hot iron bedspread transfers she found while vacationing in Wisconsin.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017  Juried Exhibition, Art Works Downtown, “Art of Abstraction”, San Rafael (6/9-7/28) Reception 5-8pm on 6/9/17)
2017  Featured Artist Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, CA (6/15-7/15) Reception 5-8pm on 6/15/17)
2017 Juried Exhibition, Harrington Gallery “Fresh Works VII”, Pleasanton, CA (5/6 – 6/3) Show opens 1:00 pm on 5/6/17
2016-2017 Solo Exhibition, Secret Agent Salon, San Francisco, CA (August 2016 – May 2017)
2016 Juried Exhibition, STUDIO Gallery “tiny”, San Francisco, CA (November)
2016 Juried Exhibition, STUDIO Gallery “Delicious”, San Francisco, CA (September)
2016 Juried Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center “50/50”,  Pacifica, CA (August – September)
2016 Juried Exhibition, Chico Art Center “National All Media Juried Exhibition” (August – September)
2016 Juried Exhibition, Bleicher/Gorman Gallery “Spectrum :: Gestalt 3”, Santa Monica, CA (June – July)
2016 Juried Exhibition, STUDIO Gallery “Abstracts”, San Francisco, CA (February – March)
2015 Juried Exhibition, STUDIO Gallery “tiny”and “HUGE”, San Francisco, CA (October – November)
2015 Juried Exhibition, Gallery 621 “MICROCOSMOS”, Benicia, CA (October – November)
2015 Juried Exhibition, Bleicher/Gorman Gallery “Spectrum :: Gestalt 2”, Santa Monica, CA (August)
2015 Juried Exhibition, Red Dot Studio, San Francisco, CA (May – June)
2015 Juried Exhibition, Harrington Gallery “Fresh Works V”, Pleasanton, CA (May – June)
2015 Juried Exhibition, Dab Art Gallery”Neoteric International”, Ventura, CA (April – May)
2015 Juried Exhibition, International Society of Acrylic Painters 6th Annual Open Show (March-April)
2015 Juried Exhibition, i.d.e.a. Museum “Build It!”, Mesa, AZ (February – May)
2015 Juried Exhibition, ArtSpan SF Auction, SOMArts Cultural Center (March)
2015 Juried Exhibition, Orange County Creatives Gallery “Tiny Bites”, Laguna Beach, CA (January – February)
2015 Juried Exhibition, Gallery Route One “Reaction”, Point Reyes, CA (January  – February)
2015 Juried Exhibition, ARC Gallery “Impulse”, San Francisco, CA
2014 Juried Exhibition, Art Works Downtown Gallery “Small Works”, San Rafael, CA
2014 Individual Exhibition, Solstice Waterfront Cafe, Hood River, OR
2014 Exhibition, Cabrillo College “12×12(x12)”, Aptos, CA
SELECTED PRESS
Artist Portfolio Magazine Artist Feature (January 2017)
National Collage Society: Artist Spotlight (May 2016)
Mud Season Review: Art: Issue 17 (February 2016)
ArtsyShark.com: Artist Feature (November 2015)
Bluebird Art: The Artist at Home: Holly Savas Artist and Studio Feature (April 2015)
ArtsyShark.com: Art Studio Visit: What’s Your Creative Inspiration? (January 2015)
Kolaj Magazine: Artist Portfolio Feature Issue 11 (January 2015)
ArtsyShark.com: Color” Featured Artist (October 2014)
Kolaj.com: Featured Artist (September 2013)
Robot Wednesdays Art & Design Blog: Featured Artist (September 2013)
Sunset Magazine: “Love Letters” Stationery Design Feature (February 2005) 
San Francisco Chronicle: Stationery Design Feature (October 2004)
AFFILIATIONS & AWARDS
Artist Portfolio Magazine: Honorable Mention Quarterly Art Competition (April 2017)
All Women Competition/Light, Space & Time Gallery: Special Merit Award (January 2017)
Light, Space & Time Gallery: Landscapes Recognition Award (April 2015)
Sustainable Arts Foundation: Finalist Award (November 2013)
Light, Space & Time Gallery: Landscapes Recognition Award (October 2013)
San Francisco Women Artists (SFWA) (2014)
Kolaj.com Collage Network (2013-Present)
National Collage Society (2011-Present)
ARTSPAN (San Francisco Open Studios Organization) (2011-Present)
EDUCATION
1995 BBA – Marketing, University of Wisconsin – Madison
1994 BA – Spanish, University of Wisconsin – Madison
1994 Certificate of International Business Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison
1993 Spanish-American Institute for International Studies, Seville, Spain