Holly Trostle Brigham

Holly Trostle Brigham, Freeing the Frieda in Me, 2003, Watercolor, 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches
Holly Trostle Brigham, Freeing the Frieda in Me, 2003, Watercolor, 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches

Exhibition

About

Holly Trostle Brigham is a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts-trained figurative painter who creates mythical allegories of contemporary historical subjects. Her paintings are included in prestigious public collection like the National Portrait Gallery in D.C., the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Corcoran Collection in D.C., Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania State University, and Allentown Art Museum.

Through self-portraits, Holly Trostle Brigham calls attention to the challenges women artists have faced through history, illuminating the legacies of strong women of the past by blending them with her own identity and personal experiences of what it is like to be a woman and an artist today.

“Brigham inspires the viewer to consider the question of self-hood and legacy more broadly and underscores the important role of “sisterhood” to the advancement of humankind,” said Shelley R. Langdale The Park Family Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art, who wrote the forward to the exhibition’s catalog.

Brigham’s “subjects” range from the mythical figures of Cybele and Isis (the Roman goddess of fertility and Egyptian goddess of regeneration), to historical individuals, including ground-breaking fine artists such as Edmonia Lewis and Frida Kahlo, pioneering members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), as well as lesser known women who were social, religious, and literary leaders of their day.

Holly Trostle Brigham is a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts-trained figurative painter who creates mythical allegories of contemporary historical subjects. Her paintings are included in prestigious public collection like the National Portrait Gallery in D.C., the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Corcoran Collection in D.C., Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania State University, and Allentown Art Museum.

Through self-portraits, Holly Trostle Brigham calls attention to the challenges women artists have faced through history, illuminating the legacies of strong women of the past by blending them with her own identity and personal experiences of what it is like to be a woman and an artist today.

“Brigham inspires the viewer to consider the question of self-hood and legacy more broadly and underscores the important role of “sisterhood” to the advancement of humankind,” said Shelley R. Langdale The Park Family Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art, who wrote the forward to the exhibition’s catalog.

Brigham’s “subjects” range from the mythical figures of Cybele and Isis (the Roman goddess of fertility and Egyptian goddess of regeneration), to historical individuals, including ground-breaking fine artists such as Edmonia Lewis and Frida Kahlo, pioneering members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), as well as lesser known women who were social, religious, and literary leaders of their day.

Selected Exhibitions

2019         Holly Trostle Brigham, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

2019         Holly Trostle Brigham, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

2018         Tradition and Innovation: PAFA Artists in PA, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

2017         Historical and Contemporary Women Artists, Avery Galleries, Bryn Mawr, PA

2017         Drawn From: 15 Years of Exhibitions at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Washington, DC

2017         The Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies, St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY

2016         Holly Trostle Brigham: Sisters and Goddesses, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

2016         Holly Trostle Brigham, The Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State University, Center Valley, PA

2015         Holly Trostle Brigham: Sacred Sisters, in collaboration with poet Marilyn Nelson, William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2013         Holly Trostle BrighamMyths, Portraits and Self, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2009         Holly Trostle Brigham: Three Stages, Raven Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009         Humanity: 100 Years of Figurative Art, ACA Galleries, New York, NY

2004         Self-Portraits, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2000         Our Image, Ourselves, juried exhibition, ARTSWorcester Gallery at the Aurora, Worcester, MA

1998         Undressed in Her Rightful Mind: Paintings by Holly Trostle Brigham, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Public Collections

  • Allentown Art Museum
  • Bates College Museum of Art
  • Skillman Library, Special Collections
  • Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
  • Oberlin College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Swarthmore College
  • The Dimock Gallery
  • Luther W. Brady Art Gallery/Corcoran Collection