Mr. John Holden

Professor, Visual Arts

Office/Department: Technology, Art & Design

Location: Bensen Hall 131

Phone: (218) 755-3736

Box #: 36


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Mr. Holden received his BA degree in art from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and his M.F.A. degree in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington IN.  He has taught drawing and ceramics at Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, WI and currently is a Professor and Chair of the Visual Art Department at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, where he has taught since 1983.

He has exhibited in local, regional and national competitions, and also has had many solo exhibitions.  In addition to have juried many shows, he has served on numerous art grant panels.

Artist Statement:

In my first ceramic experiences during a workshop at the University of Minnesota in Duluth (1974), the instructor, Walter Hyleck, challenged my classmates and me to make a container for ideas.  I can’t stop!

The form and surface of my ceramics compel closer inspection to markings, colors, shapes, patterns, and textures.  Associations and meanings are evoked but not specifically described. Sources are distilled from nature and geometry, but I try to avoid being blatant. Groupings of ceramic forms multiply interpretations and allow me to bypass the size constraints presumed with this medium.

Paintings and drawings are usually responses to specific perceptual experiences. The world is a visual feast. Investing my time to draw or paint increases my attitude of wonderment.