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Artist Bio 

Holly Scoggins was born and raised in a rural abandoned cotton mill town in Western North Carolina. She comes from a heritage of mill workers, child brides, and deeply religious broken homes. As a child she spent hours looking out through old lace curtains viewing the graveyard only two blocks from her house. The pattern of the curtains overlaid an uncertain reality. This screening or double exposure element shows up in much of her paintings and prints. The patterns in her work are also inspired by the Victorian Short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Her artwork has been described as a Southern Gothic memoir, leaving the viewer with something “Beautifully Haunted.”


Scoggins received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Figurative Art in Painting and Printmaking from the New York Academy of Art. Scoggins also studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, Lamar Dodd School of Art in Cortona Italy, and the Liepzig International Artist program in Germany. Her paintings and prints are included in the permanent collection of The University of Georgia, Chanel Fine Art for Boutiques and the BMW and LIA International Artist Collection. Her work has been exhibited regionally and internationally including a solo exhibition at Berkeley Gallery in NYC in 2010, and most recently at Polk Museum of Art in 2018. Scoggins currently sits as full-time faculty of Fine Art teaching foundations and figurative studies at Polk State College.

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Professional History


2012              New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

                      Master of Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking

                      Summa Cum Laude, Scholarship 


2009           East Carolina University, Greenville, NC   

                    Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting and Drawing 

                    Magna Cum Laude, Scholarship


2008           University of Georgia, Study Abroad Cortona, Italy   

                    John D. Kehoe full Scholarship in Printmaking, Art History & Painting    

2004            Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah GA                      

                     Summer Scholarship in oil painting and life drawing


Select Permanent Collections:


Museum of Florida Art & Culture, South Florida State College, Dominican University, O’Conner Art Gallery, Sotheby’s Vice-President, Senior Specialist in Contemporary Art -Gabriela Palmieri private collection, LIA Traces Permanent Collection Printmaking, Leipzig Germany, Chanel Fine Artfor Boutiques,  Chanel S.A. NYC, New York Academy of Art Library,  Ex Libris in Printmaking NYC, BMW Leipzig International ArtistPermanent Collection- Painting, Leipzig Germany, University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art Permanent Collection Printmaking, University of Georgia

Select Solo Exhibitions:

2018           Fearful Symmetry, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland FL

2015           Eyelids of Dawn, Exhibition of Paintings, Amelia Center Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL

2013           Vanity of Vanities,An Exhibition of Paintings Emerge Gallery & Arts Center, Greenville NC

2010           An Exhibition of PaintingsBerkeley College, Berkeley Gallery, New York, NY

2010           Patterned Idolatry, The Chapman Cultural Center & Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg SC

2009           Elaboration on the ObviousMixed Media Artworks, Ghost Fleet Gallery, Nags Head, NC

2009           Fertile Construct, Burroughs Welcome Gallery Jenkins Fine Arts Center, East Carolina University

2009           Posing for Affirmation,drawings and mixed media works, Art Room Gallery, Downtown Greenville, NC

Select Juried Exhibitions:

2023         Florida Postcards Juried exhibition, Lake Wales Art Center, Lake wales, FL

2022         The Figure in Contemporary Art; 15th Annual Figurative show, Hilliard Gallery,Kansas City, MO

2018           Tapestries Lakeland, Working Artist Studio, Lakeland FL

2016           Lore Degenstein Gallery, 8th Annual Figurative Exhibition, Selinsgrove, PA

2016           Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Instructors Exhibition, Gatlinburg, TN

2015           Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition,Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine FL

2012-14       Interfaith Biennial, Dominican University, River Forest, IL

2012           LIA Traces, InternationalLeipzig Trades Fair Center, Leipzig Germany

2012           Summer Exhibition,Flowers Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

2012           SECACSoutheast College Art Conference Exhibition, Durham Arts Center, NC

2011            NY Society of Etchers, National Arts Club, NYC

2011            Take Home A Nude, Auction, Sotheby’s, NYC

2010           Mostra, Cortona Exhibition, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, GA

2009          On the Wall ENC-Emerging North Carolina Artists, Emerge Gallery, NC


Select Professional:

2018         Study Abroad Faculty-Central Europe, Advanced Drawing Polk State College 

2018          Community Based Learning Faculty Fellow- Polk State College 

 2017         Endowed Faculty Chair Award- Printmaking Polk State College

2016          Study Abroad Faculty-Marseille, France. Advanced Drawing . Polk State College

2015          Study Abroad Faculty- Andros Islands, Landscape Painting   Polk State College

2013-present        Professor of Art & Visual Arts Program Coordinator Polk State College, Winter Haven FL

2012          Graduate Teaching Assistant, New York Academy of Art, NYC. The Figure in Lithography & Still life painting

2012-13      Teaching Assistant, Advanced Printmaking, Undergraduate Level. Long Island University 

2010          Printmaking Technician,,New York Academy of Art, NYC

2007-09      Art Instructor,Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Gallery & Art Center      

2003-07      Art Instructor, Private & Group Lessons, All Ages, Forest City, NC



Visiting Artist/ Residency:

2017-present     Polk Museum of Art, guest lecturer        

2016            Gulf Coast State College, lecturer 

2014          Florida Museum of Art & Culture, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL Lecturer

2014          East Carolina University, Greenville NC Lecture & Critique

2012          Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY -Lecture & workshop

2011           Leipzig International Artist Program, Leipzig, Germany Full Scholarship, Summer Residency, 

2010           Isothermal Community College, Forest City, NCLecture & workshop

2009         “Cancer in Our Communities” Arts in Healthcare Residency, Pitt County Memorial Hospital and surrounding   hospitals, Eastern NC


Select Group Exhibitions:


2021          Alumni Exhibition, East Carolina University, Greenville NC

2018          Moth Migration Project, traveling exhibitions- 7 International locations

2018          Resurgence, Corvidae Gallery, Nashville, TN

2018          She is South, Gulf Coast State College

2016          Study Abroad Exhibition, Polk State College, Winter Haven FL 

2015          Alumni Exhibition,Greenville museum of Art, Greenville, NC

2014          Polk Museum of Art, Faculty ExhibitionLakeland, FL

2014          Art Southampton International Contemporary art fair, Hamptons, NY

2014          Florida Museum of Art and Culture, Avon Park, FL

2014          Loved and Observed, Hersh Fine Art, Glen Cove, NY

2013          Redemption, Amelia Center Gallery, Panama City, FL

2013/14     Faculty Exhibition, Polk State College, Winter Haven FL

2012          Figurative Exhibition/International Trade Center Gallery, Shanghai, China

2012          Art Takes Times Square, hosted by Artist Wanted, Times Square, NYC

2012          MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NYC

2012          Something About Her, The Cupping Room SoHo, NYC

2011           International Artist Exhibition,The Spinnerei, Leipzig Germany

2011           Leipzig Residency Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NYC

2011           Holiday Exhibition, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2011           Single Fare 2:Sloan Fine Art, NYC

2009         Mostra,Group Exhibition, Palazzo Casali, Cortona Italy

Select Grants/Awards:

2018          Community Based Learning Fellow, Polk State College

2018          Endowed Faculty Chair, Polk State College

2016          Best in Show,Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL

2011           Kate de Brienne Scholarship Award, New York Academy of Art

2011           Ex libris Design and Edition Award, Printmaking, New York Academy of Art Library NYC

2010          Penland School of Crafts Scholarship in Printmaking,  Penland, NC

2010          Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient, NC Arts Council, Eastern NC          

2009          NC Arts Council Community Arts Administration Grant,NC

2009          Faculty Choice in Painting,University of Georgia, Shown in Athens GA & Cortona, Italy.

2009          Excellence in Drawing, Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville NC 

2008          Lamar Dodd School of Art Full Scholarship Recipient,Studies Abroad, University of Georgia, Cortona Italy 

2008          1st Place in Drawing,Rebel 51st Literary and Arts Competition, Emerge Gallery, Greenville NC

2008           Best in Show, 35THAnnual Juried Exhibition, Artist’s Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg SC                          

2008           Excellence in Painting, Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville NC

2008           1st Place in Painting, Rebel 50thLiterary and Arts Competition, Emerge Art    Gallery, Greenville NC

2008           De Ella Wade Willis Scholarship,East Carolina University School of Art and Design, Greenville NC

2005           Honors Scholarship, East Carolina University

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