Category Archives: News

Infinity with Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama pumpkin, Naoshima Island, Japan

While on a contemporary art pilgrimage in 2013 to Naoshima Island in Japan’s Seto Island Sea I encountered one of Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkin sculptures (see above). Years later I read Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama and learned about Kusma’s intentional use of dots to explore obliteration and infinity, and the significance of pumpkins […]

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Photography on Exhibit

Photo by Holly A. Senn of a cargo ship on Commencement Bay in Washington, US

“Shipping” a photo by Holly A. Senn of a cargo ship on Commencement Bay Update I’m pleased to announce that one of my photographs will be exhibited by Punch Projects in Ellensburg, Washington in April and five of my photos were recently published in The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics. For the […]

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Awarded TAIP Grant


Barnacle images that will inspire TAIP grant project, “Affix.” I’m pleased to announce that the Tacoma Arts Commission has granted me a Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding award to create a new project titled “Affix.” The grant will allow me to create a new series of sculptures inspired by barnacles with the goal of making […]

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What I’m Working On

Environment and Learning project website: Lately I’ve fielded a lot of questions about what I’m working on, so here is an update: While I’ve been studying barnacles in preparation for creating a new series of sculptures, I’ve been devoting the bulk of my time to taking photographs, and setting up the website, for the […]

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In Exhibit: Foundation Art Award

Holly Senn's sculpture featured in the 2014 Greater Tacoma Comminty Foundation Art Award exhbiit

Swallow Nests | 2013 | 19x30x14 | Holly A. Senn Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award & Exhibit I was one of the nominees for the 2014 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award, a regional art award designed to recognize the talent and commitment of local artists to the Pierce County community. Painter Elise Richman is the recipient of this […]

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In “Boat” Exhibit: Floating Leaf sculpture

Floating Leaf sculpture by Holly A. Senn

Floating Leaf | 2014 | 12x36x12 | Holly A. Senn Backstory on “Floating Leaf” sculpture Tacoma’s 22nd Maritime Festival received funding from the Tacoma Arts Commission for an exhibit of artist-made boats, using recycled materials, to be displayed at the Foss Waterway Seaport. The exhibit is curated by artist Lynn Di Nino. Q. What happens when you’re […]

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Tacoma Weekly review of Stump Stasis

Here’s the link to Dave R. Davidson’s Tacoma Weekly review of my Stump Stasis video, “Holly Senn Stumps the Chumps with Tollbooth Video Installation.” An excerpt from the review: “Senn’s video is eye-opening and refreshing. It is vital to have someone remind us to pay attention to the visual splendor and the drama that is […]

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Stump Stasis Video

[click on the image to go to video] When a huge tree stump washed up on the Tacoma waterfront I became fascinated with both the object and its environment. The stump is over five feet tall and, depending upon the light, the color ranges from golden to ash. The root structure and the trunk are […]

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Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award Interview

As a nominee for the 2014 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award, I was interviewed and my responses were published on the Foundation’s blog. You can read the article here,

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Natural Spectacle: Art and Eco-Furnishings

A few of my wasp nest sculptures are in the Moss+Mineral group show “Natural Spectacle: Art and Eco-Furnishings” opening Saturday, June 7 (reception 1-5pm). For more info see

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Marsh Wren Sculpture

My sculpture “Marsh Wren” is  in the  Puget Sound Book Artists 4th Annual Members’ Exhibition June 5–July 31 at Collins Memorial Library. Join me for the reception on Thursday, June 5 from 5-7pm. Read more about the show  at

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Moss + Mineral blog post re Holly Senn

I’ll be in the Moss + Mineral group show “Natural Spectacle: Art + Eco-Furnishings” opening June 7. Here’s the blog post about my work in the exhibit, Excerpt: “Nature investigator and artist Holly Senn designs wasp nest sculptures that are not textbook representations – yet their raw material is actually the leaves of discarded […]

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New Video for Scavenged Installation

Here is my new video [click on the image to go to video] that highlights the inspiration for and works created in my installation “Scavenged” that was exhibited at Kittredge Gallery Oct. 7 to Nov. 9, 2013. “Scavenged” was inspired by birds’ nest specimens in the Slater Museum of Natural History. To see more images and […]

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Nominated for 2014 Foundation of Art Award

I have been nominated for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation  2014 Foundation of Art Award. The award  recognizes the role art plays in the community and to honor professional artists in the the region. From the Foundations’s website: “Each year, more than a dozen artists are nominated and one is selected for this significant award. […]

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In Exhibit–Undercover Stories: The Secret Lives of Books

Two of my sculptures are in the group show at artEAST Art Center in Issaquah, Washington, February 8–March 22, 2014. Read more about the show here:  

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Art+Science Talk

Here is a video [click on the image] that highlights my talk at the Art+Science Salon on Feb. 21, 2013 at the Tacoma Art Museum that explains how my art is related to science (through investigation, experimentation, transformation, & convergence).

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