Tara Holl

Author: Tara S. Holl
Credits: Painting from a trip to China, "Kindred Spirit"


Ms. Holl has been a professional and teaching artist for over 25 years. She founded T.S.H. Studios over twenty years ago. Tara has created glass installations; sculptural, leaded, fused, and cast for several public venues. Additionally she has created murals with paint, glass, ceramics, and other mixed media materials in public spaces. Some of her work has been through the 1% for the Arts Program, whereas other installations have been funded directly by the recipients whether commercial or private. Ms. Holl received an AIA award for excellence (American Institute for Architects) on two glass projects she created for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Reston, Virginia. Tara opened a National Geographic exhibition at Explorers Hall at the Washington D.C. National Geographic complex called "A Touch of Glass" with 8 large sculptures depicting the many uses of glass. Tara has been the curator for a variety of exhibitions at assorted galleries, the Creative Crafts Council, the National Institute of Health, Baltimore Space Telescope facility, Olney Theatre Center, the Sandy Spring Museum, and the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland. She has taught workshops, assorted classes, and visual arts integrated residencies through Maryland schools, National Geographic, Glen Echo, the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center, and Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, and through many other venues that support the arts for teachers, artists, and students of all ages. Many of these residencies and workshops have had partial funding from the Maryland State Arts Council. Additionally she has taught in the states of California, Virginia, Florida, and Washington. Her work has given her the opportunity to teach and (learn from!) children K - 12, adults, and a variety of special needs children and adults including but not limited to those with autism, down syndrome, M.S., and the emotionally disturbed. Ms. Holl has exhibited her work throughout the United States and overseas.

Ms. Holl's education has been varied and colorful. She has studied Fine Arts, Glass working, Writing, Arts Integration, Business Management, and a variety of other subjects in the span of her career. She and her husband own and operate a relatively new restaurant called "al Sospiro" Trattoria Romana in Olney, MD. The restaurant is mainly his focus; however she is the baker, "candle stick" maker, and changes hats to assist as needed while staying very committed to all of her art related endeavors.