Since 1979, Lonnie Holley (b. 1950) has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, and perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, performance, and sound. Holley's sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events.
His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, including PAFA, and on permanent display in the United Nations. It has also been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. In January 2014, Holley completed a one-month artist-in-residence with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida, the site of the acclaimed artist's studio. Holley is included in the current exhibition, Making Community: Prints from Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Brodsky Center at PAFA, and Paulson Fontaine Press.