Join us for a Sunday afternoon artist talk with current exhibiting artist, Allison Leigh Holt, who will discuss her solo exhibition at Pro Arts, The Beginning Was The End / New Work.

Holt will discuss her research conducted in Central Java, Indonesia that led to the development of The Beginning Was The End, her recent exploration of glass at her residency at Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Emeryville, as well as her ongoing fascination with symmetry in physics and how it affects our perception of the world around us.

Holt’s work explores divergent ways of perceiving, comprehending, and interacting with our world. The Beginning Was The End emerges from her research in Central Java, Indonesia. For a year and a half, she focused on traditional Javanese cosmology, working with shamans and philosophy professors as a Fulbright Scholar. Holt’s new work describes perspectives that propose radical shifts in cultural, anthropocentric, and Earth-based biases, at a time when human behavior determines our planet’s survival.


Allison Leigh Holt is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA. Working at the intersection of sculpture, video, installation, and performance, she pursues a dialogue between divergent ways of experiencing, comprehending, and describing reality.

Holt has received awards from the U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Fellowship, Indonesia), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the David Bermant Foundation, Cemeti Institute for Art + Society (Indonesia), the Experimental Television Center, Kala Art Institute, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her nominations include the SFMOMA SECA Award, the Eureka Fellowship, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2015, ’16 finalist). She was a recent resident artist at Bullseye Resource Center and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Her work has exhibited at SFMOMA, Stanford University, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Cemeti Institute for Art + Society (Indonesia), the Boston Cyberarts Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque, Axiom Gallery (Boston), the Urban Screens Conference (Melbourne, AUS), and the Yogyakarta International New Media Festival.

Holt is the Vice President of San Francisco Cinematheque’s Board of Directors, and is a media art mentor to neurodivergent individuals. She studied at The Evergreen State College (BA) and Massachusetts College of Art (MFA).


CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, August 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm

The Beginning Was The End / New Work is funded in part by generous grants from Cemeti Institute for Art and Society, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – Fulbright Program, San Francisco Arts Commission the David Bermant Foundation,  Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Fleishhacker Foundation.