Lynn M. Holley is an executive consultant to the arts. She is a writer, curator of gallery art and films. Early in her education she studied art history, the basics in color and design, and studio art, painting, print-making and life-drawing. Attracted more toward the liberal arts of poetry, philosophy and literature, she became a journalist, film reviewer and the the editor and publisher of two feminist newspapers, and additionally, with her academic work, published one of the first high technology magazines in the country: Technology NY. However, constantly interested and immersed in movies and films, she is now the founder and director of two film-festivals: the International Fine Arts Film Festival and the international 3-Minute Film Festival, both of which have been screened at SBCAST in 2016 and 2017.
As an ardent member of the Untied Nations Association and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, and its former executive director, Lynn’s philosophy is one that promotes integration of all the arts as a belief and practice within all cultures, and that a single form of artistic expression does not rise above the value of others. Educated with multiple degrees in Humanities, Communication and Museum Studies, she promotes a practice of allowing everyone to express themselves thorough their chosen art discipline. This thinking allows her a freedom in curating, producing, and exercising her own creativity. To that end, she is one of the resident curators and supporters of SBCAST, as well as the founder and curator of Art at the JCC, a large gallery experience within the Greater Santa Barbara Jewish Federation. The latter encompasses not only Jewish-themed exhibitions once a year, but a wide-range of shows from local artists to international photographers, and of collectors of historic significance, all with relevance to contemporary issues and interests.
In 2012, as executive director of the Marco Island Center for the Arts, a large Florida education and exhibition non-profit, Lynn created a lecture platform that included a 90-image power-point entitled:The Dance of the Muses From Las Vegas to the Louvre. It’s based, in part, on her dissertation from the University of Leicester, England, in 2007. She has given this presentation in both California and Florida, and continues to present it at different venues. In 2016 she was brought to England to present it as a featured contributor for the international conference on the Museum as Global Contemporary.
Lynn has worked as a dean and department head in academia, as the executive director of numerous non-profit organizations in New York, Florida and California. She has been a media consultant to politicos, government and corporations, including American Express; and she has been the publisher, editor and writer of magazines and newspapers. In Santa Barbara, she was the managing director of two International music festivals, with media coverage from around the world: The 2004 International Tango/Malambo Festival was a 6-venue offering, including movies, dance, UCSB multi-media show, plus an extraordinary and diverse Tango music from the SB Symphony; and the 100th Birthday Celebration of Mexican Classical Composer Silvestre Revueltas was an 11-venue offering that included UCSB and a museum exhibition. The centerpiece of the festival was the SB Symphony playing his Oscar nominated score under the screening of the Mexican film Redes, at the Arlington Theater. Lynn also wrote and produced Broadway Women and their Music staring Lucie Arnaz, in New York, and other celebrity productions for a musical stage.
Lynn has received awards and recognition from a variety of associations including, but not limited to the New York State Addy Council, a Gold Medal and other awards from The Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE), in D.C.. Lynn is a member of International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, the Santa Barbara University Club, the Santa Barbara Associates, and the United Nation’s Association, Santa Barbara Chapter, begun in 1946, the year before the UN was formally established. Lynn believes that a look at history can offer clues (not solutions necessarily) to the present state of affairs. She is currently at work on a film script for a spy-story, based on true events from 1950; and a new 3-Minute Film Festival that requires an original score of music. Lynn’s main mantra is: Without risk there is no progress.
Lynn M. Holley, M.A.
Executive Consultant to the Arts
Writer, Resident Curator, SBCAST.org and SBJCC.
Founder, Director, International Fine Arts Film Festival 2017
Founder, Director, 3 Minute Film Festival 2017