Tiffany Holmes

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Tiffany Holmes
Born1964 (age 5657)
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 is a professor in the Department of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  13. Holmes, We can't swim forever