Nesbitt Gallery to exhibit “Prairie Moderns: The Artwork of Don Holladay”

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Nesbitt Gallery to exhibit “Prairie Moderns: The Artwork of Don Holladay”


 The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s newest art exhibit, “Prairie Moderns: The Artwork of Don Holladay,” will open in the Nesbitt Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. A reception will be held in the gallery and is free and open to the public. 

Holladay focuses on figurative and non-objective images that convey isolation. His studio includes an etching press and many of his pieces originate from the printmaking process, which he sees as lending itself to solitary figures and uncluttered images. Holladay’s works are popular with individuals, businesses and organizations in Oklahoma.

“Don greatly admires the figurative and ‘action’ painters of the 1950s, and that influence shows in the energetic immediacy of his work,” said Layne Thrift, Nesbitt Gallery director and assistant professor of art. “Though composition is thoroughly important, he is never overly tidy, preferring to work hastily. Music and the spontaneity of improvisation is an important part of his process.”

Holladay’s works have appeared in solo and juried shows across the state, including MainSite Contemporary Gallery, Norman Depot, Norman Firehouse Art Center, The Goddard Center, Paseo Originals, Leslie Powell Gallery, IAO, USAO’s Nesbitt Gallery, the University of Oklahoma’s Lightwell Gallery among others. He serves as the Board Chairman of the Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation and was named to the USAO Foundation’s Board of Trustees last summer.

Holladay earned a juris doctorate from OU and is a founding partner at Holladay & Chilton. With over 44 years of experience as a trial attorney, Holladay is known for handling high-profile cases involving public policy. Since 1988, Holladay has served as faculty at the Southern Regional National Institute for Trial Advocacy as well as an adjunct professor at the OU Law Center teaching trial techniques and complex litigation. Holladay resides in Norman with his wife Kay.