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Holloway Joins Ranks of Herron's Efroymson Fellows

Stacey Holloway
Stacey Holloway

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December 9, 2010

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Stacey Holloway has become the latest artist from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI to compete for and win an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship.

Holloway, a sculptor with “…an intense pride of the Midwest,” will use the $20,000 prize to chase her muse through the heartland next year, soaking up unique offerings such as Wisconsin’s The House on the Rock, Kentucky’s Creation Museum and the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Kansas.

Holloway, who hails from South Bend, completed her B.F.A. degree in sculpture with a minor in art history at Herron in 2006 and an M.F.A. degree in sculpture at the University of Minnesota in 2009. She is currently the sculpture technician at Herron, running metal pours, maintaining the metal shops and equipment, overseeing work study students and purchasing for the department. “We have an amazing foundry and metal shop,” Holloway said of Herron’s facilities.

She has also instructed 3-D design, metal casting and sculpture. “I really want to teach full time,” she said. “I’ve taken the last year to figure out how to be an artist and still work a full time job.”

The Efroymson Fellowship is perfectly timed to help with the next steps of her creative discovery. “I am drawn to the intuitive methods of ‘outsider art’—the gut vs. the academic—although my work does not reflect that aesthetic,” said Holloway. She is planning for a show next November, location to be announced, to exhibit the works inspired by her fellowship-funded travels.

In the six years of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship competition, which is open to artists in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, 14 of the 30 winners have been Herron faculty members or alumni. This year there were 217 applicants for the five annual fellowships. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from across the country.

The fellowships are funded through the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

For a look at Holloway’s work, go to www.staceyholloway.com .