Tiffany Holmes

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Tiffany Holmes
Born1964 (age 5758)
Alma mater Williams College,
Maryland Institute College of Art,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
University of Plymouth

Tiffany Holmes (born 1964) [1] is an American new media artist and educator. She is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Early life and education

Tiffany Holmes was born in 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her formal education includes: a PhD (2004–2010) "Eco-visualization: Combining art and technology to reduce energy consumption," [2] from the Arts Department at University of Plymouth. [3] Additionally she has an MFA degree (1996–1999) in Imaging and Digital Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; [4] an MFA degree (1992–1996) in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); and a BA degree (1986–1990, cum laude) Art History with a minor in Environmental Studies, Williams College. [3]


In her research and practice, Holmes explores the potential of technology to promote positive environmental stewardship. She coined the term "eco-visualization" in 2005. [5] [6] Her creative projects include a commission for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications where sequences of experimental animations visualize real time energy loads. [7]

Her paper detailing this work, “Eco-visualization: Combining art and technology to reduce energy consumption,” won a Best Paper award at Creativity and Cognition 2007 [8] and a 2010 doctoral degree. She lectures and exhibits worldwide in these venues: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, [9] J. Paul Getty Museum [10] in Los Angeles, 01SJ Biennial, SIGGRAPH 2000, Worldart in Denmark, Interaction ’01 in Japan, ISEA Nagoya. A recipient of the Michigan Society of Fellows research fellowship [11] in 1998, Holmes has earned the Illinois Arts Council individual grant, an Artists-in-Labs residency award in Switzerland, and a 2010 Rhizome Commission. [12]

Holmes has been a professor in the Department of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2018 joined the administrative leadership team at Maryland Institute College of Art. [13]

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