Steven Holmes has been Curator of The Cartin Collection in Hartford since 2005.  From 2009 to 2012 he was Adjunct Curator at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami where he conceived of and curated the exhibition series The Endless Renaissance. From 2000 – 2005, he was the Director of Visual Arts and Public Programming at Real Art Ways in Hartford.

Additionally, Holmes has curated exhibitions for The Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, The Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, the Freud Museum in London and the Boston Center for the Arts, working with more than 200 artists including Charles Ledray, Kehinde Wiley, The Atlas Group / Walid Ra’ad, Kate Gilmore, Harrell Fletcher, Paul Chan, Joe Amrhein, Chris Doyle and Sol Lewitt.

Holmes conceived of and worked with Creative Time to mount the multi-city performance of Fairytale – 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei.  Simultaneous performances took place in Hong Kong, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Helsinki, Toronto, New York, Chicago, LA, Madrid, Brussels, Stockholm and twenty other cities around the world.  

Holmes has published in the areas of critical theory and art criticism. In 2008, Holmes edited FESTSCHRIFT, with essays by Carlos Basualdo, Nicholas Baume, and James Rondeau. Recent books edited include “Martin Wilner, Case Histories” (Freud Museum London, 2016) and recent essays have appeared in “Explode Every Day” (MIT Press, 2016) and “Oh Canada”, (MASSMOCA Press 2014).

Holmes has been a visiting critic at Skowhegan, the Ontario College of Art and Design, Yale School of Art, Art Omi, University of Connecticut, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, University of Lethbridge and Hartford Art School.

Projects have been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, The New Yorker Magazine, LeMonde, (Paris), Die Zeit (Berlin), artnet, artUS, Art News, Tema Celeste, Flash Art International and Art New England.

He has appeared on TV and Radio in the United States and Europe to speak about contemporary art, and art and social change, including NBC Miami, BBC5 London, CBC Halifax and Toronto, and Connecticut Public Radio.

Steven Holmes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and History from the University of Toronto, a Master of Theological Studies in Religion and Culture from Harvard University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.


Solo Exhibitions
2019 Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT
2017  Hermes, Halifax
2017  EBK Gallery, Hartford CT
1995  Ad Limina, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax
1994  Et Lux Perpetua Eis, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1993  Immediate Apprehensions (B), Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1992  Immediate Apprehensions (A), Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge MA

Group Exhibitions - SELECTED
1995-Crosscurrents, Gallery 44, Toronto
1993-Symbolics, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1992-Small, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1991- The Ugly, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
1988- Hart House, Barnike Gallery, Toronto

1995               Sculpture Magazine
1994               C Magazine
1994               Canadian Art
1992               Harvard Divinity Bulletin

Reinke Collection, Chicago
Wilson-Foote Collection, Boston
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton Ontario
Provincial Art Bank, Province of Nova Scotia, Cultural Affairs, Halifax

1994               MFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
1992               MTS, Harvard Divinity School
1989               BA, University of Toronto