Born 1955 in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Tim Holmes is the first American artist ever invited to exhibit solo at the world's largest art museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, where his sculptures remain on permanent exhibit. He has created sculpture for some of the world's peacemaking organizations from the United Nations to the Chinese dissident students of Tiananmen Square. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, President Vaclav Havel, and Coretta Scott King are among Holmes' best-known collectors.
Holmes has created many international projects such as the U.N. Peace Prize for Women and other peace awards. He has worked with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in creating a monument for the international peace center on Robben Island, the gulag where President Nelson Mandela and thousands of other South Africans were imprisoned during the dark apartheid years. He's also made the sculpture intended as focus piece for Cape Town's bid for the Olympics.
Though Holmes is most well known for sculpture he has worked in a variety of media from museum installations to films for creative social transformation. His award-winning series of Body Psalms films focuses on the value of the body in capitalist culture and often appears at special screenings- frequently outside art and theater settings- in the US and Europe. He's a founding member of the Montana Logging and Ballet Co., National Public Radio's "resident political satirists" during the Clinton presidency and has served on the Montana Arts Council.
Awards and Honors:Jeanette Rankin Peace Award, Rocky Mountain Institute for Peace Studies, 2000Breadwinner Award, Wheat Montana, Three Forks, MT, 2000Love the Arts Award, Flathead Arts Council, Kalispell, MT, 1999Art Achievement Award, The Art Center School of Fine Arts, Helena, MT, 1995Distinguished Service Award, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT, 1996Lakota Womens Peace Metal, Lakota Tribe, Rapid City, SD, 1988Outstanding Alum Award, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT, 1987Education and Training:Masters Program, Sir John Cass School of Art, London, 1981B.A. in Fine Arts, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT., 1976Apprenticed to welded steel sculptor, Lyndon F. Pomeroy, 1975Selected Private CollectionsArchbishop Desmond M. TutuPresident Jimmy CarterCoretta Scott KingVaclev Havel, President, New Czech RepublicThabo Mbeki, President, South AfricaGro Harlem Brundtland, Prime Minister of NorwayMadam Jehan Sadat, former First Lady of EgyptLi Lu, Deputy leader of the Chinese Pro-Demoncracy MovementRosalyn Carter, former First LadyAndrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to U.N., Mayor of AtlantaDr. Benjamin SpockNorman CousinsGeorge Kennan, former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet UnionEdward Albee, playwrightValentina Tereshkova, first woman in spaceMary Hart, "Entertainment Tonight" co-hostSen. Mike MansfieldMarianne Williamson, author and spiritual leaderSelected Public Commissions and Monuments:U.N. Millennium Peace Prize for Women, U.N. Development Fund for Women, New York, NY, and International Alert, London, England, 2000Welcome Home, A monument for the International Peace and Reconciliation Center on Robben Island, South Africa, the former prison where Nelson Mandela and thousands of others were imprisoned. 1997Olympic Africa, (Cape Town's gift to the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland), 1997The Cycle of Renewal, First Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach, FL, 2002Eleanor Roosevelt Living World Award, PeaceLinks, Wash., DC, 1994China Peace, (Tianenman Sq. massacre memorial), China Information Center, Boston, MA, 1989Physicians for Social Responsibility Peace Award, Washington, DC, 1987Cross and Flame, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Helena, MT, 1981-2005Breathmill, Cloud Clipper, Kenetech Corp., San Francisco, CA, 1996Cleopatra Rescues a Mariner, community of York, MT, 1994The Spirit of BST, Billings Studio Theatre, Billings, MT. 1993History of Horses, Sheraton Hotel, Billings, MT, 1980Montage, Sheraton Hotel, Billings, MT, 1980Bengal Tiger, Helena High School, Helena, MT, 1979Aninas Vision, (suspended sculpture), Williams Ltd., Kallispell, MT,1976,
Selected One-Person Museum Exhibits:
The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, Florida
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana
Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Montana
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
Museum of Fine Arts, Univ. of Mont., Missoula, Montana
Atwood Gallery, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota