Holly Van Hart

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Holly Van Hart
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Holly Van Hart
BornNew York, NY
🏡 ResidenceSilicon Valley, CA
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
🏅 AwardsGrand Prize, California Statewide Painting Competition, Best of Houzz
🌐 Website[1]

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Holly Van Hart is an American painter noted for her abstracted nature paintings.[1] Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Triton Museum of Art [2][1], the University of California San Francisco [3], and her alma mater Stanford University.[4] Her paintings have been in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the US and in Asia.[5][6]

She maintains studios in California and New York. [7]

Van Hart is a guest host interviewer on the TV program called Silicon Valley Open Studios 'Talk Art'. [4]



Van Hart has won awards for her paintings, including Grand Prize in the California Statewide Painting Competition[8] and Best of Houzz.[4] Also, she was awarded an artist fellowship by The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists in 2017.

Works of Art[edit]

Van Hart's oil paintings typically use subjects from nature, and she works in both representational and abstract styles.[8] There are many recognized pieces of artwork by Holly Van Hart, including: "Possibilities Abound" features a larger-than-life bird's nest with 3 eggs; it was awarded Grand Prize at the California Statewide Painting Competition in 2013. This oil painting was featured in Van Hart's solo exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art, which was also titled "Possibilities Abound".[8] DeWitt Cheng, writer for ArtNews, said this of Van Hart's exhibition, "These works about potential and metamorphosis, then, are clearly autobiographical, but they're also universal (as the deepest, most personal work often is, paradoxically." [1] Preston Metcalf, then Chief Curator of the Triton Museum of Art, called her work "powerful in its message of human connectivity".[9]

"Dreaming in Full Color" appeared in Professional Artist Magazine, and is one of the widely recognized oil paintings by Holly Van Hart. The flowers in this colorful painting represent our dreams. The flowers are blowing in the wind, and symbolize the life's turbulence.[10]

"Forest Reverie" was featured on the cover of The Monthly in March 2018.[7]



Van Hart was born and raised in New York, where she learned painting and drawing from her mother.[11][1] She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering. Before becoming a professional artist, she had a 20-year career as a sales and marketing director for high-tech firms in Silicon Valley, CA.[12][13]

Van Hart is a member of the Saratoga Education Foundation Program Advisory Committee.[4] She contributes to numerous non-profit organizations including the Global Fund for Children[14] and two environmental organizations.[4]

Van Hart is an avid traveler and has visited over 40 countries.[1][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 John Seed (November 17, 2014). "Holly Van Hart: Possibilities Abound". HuffPost. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  2. Sally Rayn (February 13, 2014). "Possibilities Abound: Painting with Holly Van Hart". Silicon Valley Open Studios Talk Art TV. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  3. Khalida Sarwari (December 17, 2014). "Saratoga artist Holly Van Hart has new exhibit at Triton Museum in Santa Clara". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Genevieve Laucher (February 2018). "Holly Van Hart: Art with Heart". Best Version Media, Saratoga Spotlight Magazine. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  5. Daniel DiGriz (September 8, 2017). "How to Meet Stakeholder Demands – Holly Van Hart". The Clark Hulings Fund Thriving Artist Podcast. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Khalida Sarwari (November 30, 2017). "Holly Van Hart exhibit at holiday open house". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Andreas Jones (March 2018). "Cover - Holly Van Hart". TheMonthly.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Khalida Sarwari (January 6, 2014). "Saratoga artist places first in Triton Museum Competition". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  9. DeWitt Cheng, Preston Metcalf, Holly Van Hart (December 2014). "Holly Van Hart: Possibilities Abound". p. 8.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. Elaine Grogran Luttrull (December 2017). "Strategic Planning in Action". Professional Artist Magazine.
  11. Heather Durham (February 13, 2014). "TV intervew with Holly Van Hart". Silicon Valley Technology, Art, Green & Sustainability TV. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  12. Melissa McKenzie (October 1, 2014). "Possibilities Abound for Artist Holly Van Hart". The Santa Clara Weekly. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  13. Shannon Burkey (May 6, 2015). "Get a close-up look at art during Silicon Valley Open Studios weekend". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  14. Melissa McKenzie (January 7, 2015). "Possibilities Abound at the Triton". The Santa Clara Weekly. Retrieved 2018-02-15.

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