Erik Holland

Holland is based in Reno, Nevada. He recently published his first book, Eric Holland hard at workOutback Cartoonist, supported by a grant by the Nevada Arts Council. The book contains his favorite cartoons from his decade of cartoon for publications in three states. He plans to start work on a new book soon, featuring iconic buildings from Nevada towns. His next major show will be during October 2013 at the Artist’s Co-op of Reno, called One Square Mile.  It will feature plein air images within a half mile radius from his loft in the Riverside Artist’s Lofts.  Holland has had two successful shows at the Nevada Historical Society, and has begun showing out of town, including a show at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, Ca, in 2011. He is represented by Ryrie’s Art and Home, and the Artist’s Co-op in Reno, Briggs and Company in Winters, CA,  New Zone Gallery in Eugene Or, and the Markleeville Art Gallery in Markleeville, CA.
Holland has been an Artist in Residence at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno since 2003.  He also teaches at the Nevada Museum of Art, and through Very Special Arts in Reno.
“After a run for mayor of Reno in 2006, I was asked to be the mayor of Nada Dada Motel, a new art event.   I am still the mayor, and the event, now in its seventh year, has grown so that we now fill up Wildflower Village, downtown and midtown motels.  We were written up in the New York Times in 2009, and I consider the Nada Dada event to be a Reno born art movement, now beginning to spread to other cities.  Get a  room, and make a show is our mantra!”
Holland has an activist side, and has run for office twice because of issues that concerned him. He ran for the Alaska State Legislature in 1996, opposing a plan to clear-cut the boreal forest to ship veneer to Japan. He ran for mayor of Reno in 2006, opposing a plan to leapfrog Reno to virgin desert 25 miles north of the existing urban footprint. Although he did not win, Holland notes that the boreal forest still stands in Interior Alaska, and the Pavement Ends sign still stands where it did in 2006.
Holland is optimistic that Reno can become a center for the arts, especially the type of performance/installation art that occurs during Nada Dada Motel, and during Burning Man.
Holland studied art at the Art Students League of New York, the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1991 from San Francisco State University.

Eric Holland paints the Silver City schoolhouse