artist | designer



Jessica Holly is a Kentucky native and nationally recognized artist, with nine years of experience in higher education and communications. She has a passion for creative education, community development and social impact. Jessica currently assists many nonprofits and other community projects through various volunteer roles, advocating for many local and state issues, while also maintaining a fine artist presence. Her work focuses on Appalachian identity and narrative landscape with techniques found in mixed media approach. Jessica’s true interest is innovative strategy and human centered design, as it is used to benefit community growth and overall design philosophy.

Jessica has a MA in Design Strategy + Innovation from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a BA in Studio Art from Berea College. She currently works as Digital Media Manager for Communications and Brand Management at Eastern Kentucky University.  


MA in Design Strategy + Innovation, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Denver, CO

BA in Art Studio: Fibers Concentration, minor Art History and Appalachian Studies, Berea College, Berea, KY


Perspective: The Vision, The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN
Coming & Going, Polvino Family Art Center, Nicholasville, KY

Senior Show: Identity, Treddenick Gallery, Berea, KY

Group Exhibitions | Festivals

Purdy's Holiday Market, Purdy's Coffee, Richmond, KY
Berea Makers Holiday Market, Acton Folk Center, Berea, KY
Rise Above, Gallery on Main, Richmond, KY
#DigitalDarkroom: History of Photography, Headley-Whitney Museum of Art, Lexington, KY. 
Arts & Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition, Emporium, Knoxville, TN
Berea Makers Market, Acton Folk Center, Berea, KY
Tell Me a Story, Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, MO
Home, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

HERsteria, The Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY
Women's Art Collective of Kentucky Showcase, Kentucky Theatre, Lexington, KY
Saint Joseph Berea Art Exhibit, Saint Joseph Hospital, Berea, KY
Community Art Show, Berea Arts Council, Berea, KY
Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Arts Exhibition, Emporium, Knoxville, TN
Women's Art Collective of Kentucky Juried Exhibition, Gallery on Main, Richmond, KY
Arts & Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition, Emporium, Knoxville, TN
Photography Takes Over 2016, Upstream Gallery, NY
12x12: A National Exhibit of Small-Scale Works, Todd Art Gallery, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN

Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
5th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition, Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA
Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY
Gallery Hop, 
Alfalfas, Lexington, KY
Featured Online Student Show, Rotunda Gallery, RMCAD, Denver, CO
Paris Art Walk, Wildwood Flower Tattoos, Paris, KY
Project Heal Fundraiser,
 Purdy's Coffee, Richmond, KY
The Night Market, NoLi CDC, Lexington, KY
FUSE: An Invitational, Gallery on Main, Richmond, KY
Women's Art CollectiveOld Town Artisan Village, Berea, KY

The Night Market, NoLi CDC, Lexington, KY
Community Art Show, Berea Arts Council, Berea, KY
First Fridays, Old Town Artisan Village, Berea, KY

East Bridge Art and Music Festival, Owensboro, KY

Design for a Summer Exhibition, Treddenick Gallery, Berea, KY
3rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Boon Tavern, Berea, KY


2011   Design for a Summer
2008  Congressional HS Art Competition, Honorable Mention for Photography
2008  Artistic Academic
2008  3D Sculpture and Ceramics Academic

Special Projects | Commissions

October - Be Kind. Be Bold., Founder/Co-Creator
September - Walk in the Arts, Indigo Workshop, Instructor
September - Chalk Mural Artist, Berea Barber Shop, Berea, KY
August - Branding/Wall Mural, Bluegrass and Buttercream, Danville, KY
July - Mindful Movements Logo, Graphic Designer

September - Bookshelf Artist, International Book Project
June - Mural Artist, Noodle Nirvana, Berea, KY
May to Present -  VIDA Artist/Designer, Signature Collection 
February - Bluegrass Greensource Rain Barrel Project, Participant
July to Present – Project Alianza, Creative Coordinator/Advisor

August - International Day of Peace (Berea Event) Publicity, Designer
July - Ariana Jordan Photography Logo, Designer
July - Madison County Public Library "Need a Book, Read a Book" Shelf Design, Participating Artist
June - Churches&State EP, Album Artwork/Designer
May - Silver Creek Elementary 'Night at the Art Museum' Event, Berea, KY, Art Teacher
May - Union Church Art Fair, Lead Event Organizer
April - Product Design Collaboration with Run2theWild, Artist/Designer
March - SOW TRUE SEED Seed Packet Designers, Contributing Artist
March - Co-Creator of Sylvia Plath Palettes Tumblr Blog
March - Habitat for Humanity, Apostles Build T-shirt/Graphics, Designer
March - The Last Act by Rossana Diaz Publicity, Designer
January - Eastern Kentucky Asset Building Coalition Logo, Designer
January - March, The Sketchbook Project, Participant

February - December, Beatlands, Berea, KY, Art Editor
May - Silver Creek Elementary 'Night at the Art Museum' Event, Berea, KY, Art Teacher
July - Project Alianza, Lead Campaign Artist
August - Adam Cantor, "Sceyence" Album Artwork, Artist/Designer
August - Catherine Valentine, Mothers and Daughters, Illustrator/Designer
October - Women's Creative Sewing and Crafts Logo, Union Church, Berea, KY, Designer

March - June 2013, Cardinal House, Richmond, KY, Art Group Coordinator
July - August 2013, Impeachable Magazine, Berea, KY, Art Editor