In Her Own Words:

A Conversation with Artist Robin Holder and Curator Dorit Yaron


1 Unfortunately, Robin Holder and I were not able to find the details of this specific card and exhibition.

2 Joseph "Joe" Patrick Kennedy, Sr. (1888–1969) was the father of the 35th President of the United States, John "Jack" Fitzgerald Kennedy (b. 1917 and assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas). Joseph Kennedy was appointed as the US Ambassador to England in 1937 but had to resign in 1940 after making remarks that the war (World War II) was not about saving democratic countries from Germany's Nazism. Prior to this position, Joseph Kennedy served as Chair of the Maritime Commission (1936–1937), where he mediated between ship owners and unions.

3 Karnak is the temples and chapels complex near Luxor, Egypt.

4 The Printmaking Workshop was founded by Robert Blackburn (1920-2003) in 1948 in New York City and became one of the largest non-profit printmaking studios in the United States.

5 Betty Blayton-Taylor (b. 1937) is an abstract artist as well as a lecturer, who assisted in founding the Children's Art Carnival [CAC] in New York City. CAC is an outreach program designed to supplement inner city youth through visual and communication arts.

6 Benny Andrews (1930–2006) is a nationally recognized collage artist, painter, printmaker, sculptor, and illustrator.

7 Vaclav Vytlacil (1892–1984), an American Modernist who taught at The Art Students League in NYC, including a period from 1946 until his retirement in 1978.

8 This incident in Paris occurred in 1976.

9 Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) was an African American expressionist painter, mostly known for the 1941 "Migration Series", depicting the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North during the 1920's and 30's. The reference here is to some of Lawrence's works which address professions, such as the painting The Builders, 1947 as well as later prints he made, e.g. Carpenters, 1977, and Builders, 1996.

10 Aaron Douglas (1899–1979) was an African American painter and muralist whose art often includes transparent, overlapping geometric forms.

11 Roberto Matta Echaurren (1911–2002) was a Chilean Surrealist artist.

12 Arshile Gorky (1904–1948) was an abstract painter, one of the most important and influential artists on the American Abstract Expressionist movement.

13 Norman Lewis (1909–1979) was an African American Abstract Expressionist painter and Alvin Hollingsworth (1928–2000) was an art illustrator and painter who taught periodically at The Art Students League.

14 Inge Hardison (b. 1914) is an African American sculptor.

15 The Cinque Gallery was founded in 1969 in New York City by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow and Norman Lewis and provided young emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work.

16 Richard Hunt (b. 1935) is an African American abstract metal sculptor.

17 Richard Mayhew (b. 1924) is an African American expressionistic landscape painter who taught periodically at the Art Students League from 1963 to 1977.

18 Gray's Anatomy is a medical textbook that explores the human body and includes 1,247 colorful anatomical illustrations.

19 Elizabeth Catlett (b. 1915). is an African American artist who often uses printmaking techniques to express concern regarding gender, racial, and socioeconomic devaluation, especially of Mexican working class and African Americans. This event occurred at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop sometimes in the mid 1980's.

20 For more about Holder and public art, see Michele Cohen's essay "Robin Holder: Public Artist"

21 Al Loving (1935–2005) is an African American abstract expressionist painter.

22 Eric Pryor was selected in 2008 as the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton.

23 The two-year Ford Foundation grant, received in 2008, supports the David C. Driskell Center's on-line publication and Arts and Education Program for Maryland high school students. This program is also supported by a grant from Prince George's Arts Council.

24 Through a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Holder worked at the Church of the Advocate, home to Art Sanctuary in north Philadelphia with the local community. Through workshops, discussions and art-making, participants (grandparents who have the responsibility of acting as parents to their grandchildren) explored the many issues affecting the lives this overlooked community.

25 Holder refers to Romare Bearden (1911–1988).