Category: News


August 21 – 22, 2021

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be at this year’s in-person SWAIA Market!
I hope you will stop by my new booth and see what I have been working on for the last year.

Booth #LIN W 721
Saturday Aug 21, 6:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Aug 22,  6:00am-5:00pm

In-Person Indian Market Will Return This August

SWAIA’s 2021 event will be a hybrid—combining both the new online marketplace and a smaller curated, in-person market at 75% capacity of the 2019 event. This year’s event will be ticketed.

To stay up to date on SWAIA information and Tickets contact:
  • New Mexico is one of the top covid restricted states. For this reason, this year’s Santa Fe Indian Market will be marginally smaller and a ticketed event. BUT your ticket is good for the entire day, 8 am-5 pm, with no allotted time slots.
  • Early bird tickets may be available for a 6 AM market entrance (still working with the City of Santa Fe on these logistics).
  • If you are a SWAIA/Santa Fe Indian Market member, you will have priority tickets on the 28th of May. Tickets for the public will go on sale on May 29th.

Ticket Prices for Saturday:
General Admission

  • $40.00 (6 AM-5 PM) – pending on the City of Santa Fe
  • $20.00 (8 AM-5 PM)
  • Native North American’s, Veterans, and Students: $10.00 (8 AM-5 PM)

Ticket Prices for Sunday:
General Admission

  • $40.00 (6 AM-5 PM) – pending on the City of Santa Fe
  • $20.00 (8 AM-5 PM)
  • Native North American’s, Veterans, and Students: $10.00 (8 AM-5 PM)

Performances, music, food, and artists will safely engage the Santa Fe plaza and surrounding area. This is a community event that has always been filled with amazing art, artists, camaraderie, performances, a place to meet new and old friends, and a celebration of diverse Indigenous cultures and creativity.


September 16 – October 3, 2021

A View from Within Under the Skin

The way we see others and how we see ourselves has been a subject that I have had in my life since I was small. I am both Native American and Caucasian, growing up I felt I was not enough of one or the other, that pull made me question all parts of myself. All this history, this past, came flooding back one day while getting my own children ready for school, the smell of the crayons, the vivid colors, and the thoughts of my own youth. I think if we could see ourselves as all the colors in the crayon box in all the shades we would be kinder, we would be able to feel if just for a moment, another’s life and see how our world could change in such a way that kids would no longer worry if they are too light or too dark, or if they belonged and they could feel accepted as the person they are. We could see that we all belong, we are more than a classification between extremes, we are all the colors, and that we hold an untold number of possibilities. 12 girls 24 colors total of 288 girls

Art form: Installation

  • Medium: Crayola Crayon
  • Height: 108 inches
  • Width: 144 inches
  • Depth: 2 inches

Voting Code: 70733

Art Prize 2021 Location

Monroe Community Church at
1020 Monroe NWGrand RapidsMI 49503

Hours of Operation

Monday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM




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Native Thoughts in Contempoary Art OCU Artist Talk with Holly Wilson

Join us this Thursday night Sept 24th, 2020 at 6 pm in person at the Norick Art Center at OCU or on zoom!

I hope this finds you safe and healthy. Mask up and come see their show and hear my talk.

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August 1 – 31, 2020
Please follow this link to my: VIRTUAL SWAIA 2020 BOOTH HERE ONLINE.

We have been looking forward to The 99th Santa Fe Indian Market that transforms the City of Santa Fe, with nearly 900 of the continent’s finest Native American artists showing their work in booths filling the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets. The Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world.

This year SWAIA is thrilled to announce that even though the Santa Fe Indian Market was canceled due to COVID 19, SWAIA is moving ahead with a Virtual Indian Market!

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Rural | Urban Invitational Art Exhibit II, The Volland Store

“Rural” and “Urban” are defined by the current address of each artist, but the artist’s current address does not necessarily indicate their origins. Once the artists are selected, the discovery begins:  where did they grow up?  what were the influences that led them to become artists?  how are their early experiences revealed in their work today?  or are they?  This is the fun of the exhibition.  Join us in the journey, and learn each artist’s story.

Throughout the exhibit, we will look at the lives of these artists, their life’s work today, and the ways in which Rural and Urban are alike, unique, and significant.


Closing Reception | March 1, 2020

Artist Panel at 2 pm
Norman Akers, Geraldine Craig, Rena Detrixhe, Alison Mary Kay, Holly Wilson

Saralyn Reece Hardy, Moderator

Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas

Refreshments.  Free admission

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Spectrums Within Under Our Skin

Spectrums Within Under Our Skin is 144 girls made from Crayola Crayon. There are 12 different girls, each girl is made from the 12 colors I see when I look at the color spectrum. I wish we could see the light within us all and the variations that make each of us that light passing through a prism showing the many spectrums within us all. We are more than a classification in terms of a position between two extremes, we are all the colors and an untold number of possibilities.

“Spectrums Within Under Our Skin”
Crayola Crayon
100″ x 70″ x 2″, 2018


The Volland Store presents: Rural | Urban Invitational Art Exhibit II
October 20. 2019 – March 1, 2020
The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, KS

E X H B I T I N G  A R T I S T S

Geraldine Craig | Manhattan, Kansas
Holly Wilson | Mustang, Oklahoma
Levi Robb | Des Moines, Iowa
Mary Kay | Lindsborg, Kansas
Norman Akers | Lawrence, Kansas
Rena Detrixhe | Russell, Kansas
Ryan RedCorn | Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Finding Form, Encaustic in the Third Dimension

Canceled due to COVID 19
Finding Form, Encaustic in the Third Dimension
By Holly Wilson
June 29 – July 3, 2020

Colored wax on a flat surface is just the beginning! We are going to look at materials and form to bring your ideas to life, allowing you to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane.

Material is an important part of our visual language, so you will want to carefully choose the materials you wish to speak with. Along with your ideas, you will bring a variety of materials including wood, cardboard, metal, fired clay pieces, dried plasterwork, fiber, string, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto (a complete list of suggestions to follow). You will learn interesting ways to weave these objects into your work.

Experiment with how the materials may be dipped, painted, wired, glued, hammered, but most of all, waxed. You will start by making your own encaustic medium with pigment application. Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin, and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette, and then applied to an absorbent surface. In addition to safety practices, you will learn a range of techniques including fusing, using transparencies, glazing, layering, building up texture, line making, carving, image transfer, mold making, and resin application with different surfaces. Returning students will learn new methods and may choose to work on advanced projects.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $120 – This workshop’s $120 lab fee includes encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, art resin, and the use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, and two metal tools. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 8 students

Here is a link to the enrollment online

A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson
A View From Within Under The Skin by Holly Wilson