Tiffany Holmes

UNDERGRADUATE HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT
Tiffany Holmes, M.F.A. ’99
Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, Maryland Institute College of Art

Tiffany Holmes is the interim vice president of Academic Affairs and provost at the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of her beloved alma mater institutions. Previously, Holmes worked for 18 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she developed an honors program and professional practices curriculum as a full professor and dean. She received her B.A. in art history from Williams College, an M.F.A. from MICA, an M.F.A. in digital arts from UMBC, and a Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth.

Holmes began her teaching career as a Teach for America corps member and worked in the Baltimore City Public Schools during the early 1990s until she relocated to teach at the University of Michigan in 1998. Her studio practice explores the potential of art and design to promote environmental awareness. Projects include a public art commission for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications with a paper detailing this work, “Eco-visualization: Combining art and technology to reduce energy consumption,” that

earned a Best Paper award at Creativity and Cognition 2007. She has exhibited worldwide: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, 01SJ Biennial, Siggraph 2000, Interaction ’01 in Japan, ISEA Nagoya, Microwave Festival, Hong Kong.

A recipient of the Michigan Society of Fellows research fellowship in 1998, Holmes has earned the Illinois Arts Council individual grant, an Artists-in-Labs residency award in

Switzerland, 2010 Rhizome Commission, and a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from UMBC.