Allison Leigh Holt (b. 1972) is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA. Working at the intersection of sculpture, video, installation, and performance, she pursues a dialogue between divergent ways of experiencing, comprehending, and describing reality.
Holt has received awards from the U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Fellowship, Indonesia), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the David Bermant Foundation, Cemeti Institute for Art + Society (Indonesia), the Experimental Television Center, Kala Art Institute, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her nominations include the SFMOMA SECA Award, the Eureka Fellowship, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2015, ’16 finalist). She is a current resident artist at Bullseye Resource Center.
Her work has exhibited at SFMOMA, Stanford University, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Cemeti Institute for Art + Society (Indonesia), the Boston Cyberarts Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque, Axiom Gallery (Boston), the Urban Screens Conference (Melbourne, AUS), and the Yogyakarta International New Media Festival. She has presented at cellsBUTTON(s) and Video Vortex conferences in Indonesia, the Cultural Studies Association Conference, the 20th Annual Science of Consciousness Conference, and Imagining the Universe: Cosmology in Art and Science at Stanford Arts Institute. At the University of North Dakota Writers Conference in 2016, she was in conversation with science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson and theoretical physicist Brian Greene.
Holt is the Vice President of San Francisco Cinematheque’s Board of Directors, and is a media art mentor to neurodivergent individuals. She studied at The Evergreen State College (BA) and Massachusetts College of Art (MFA).