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Biography: Chad Holliday

Chad Holliday
Chad Holliday

Chad Holliday received a BFA from Emporia State University, Kansas, and an MFA in glass sculpture and metal fabrication/jewelry design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. After completing his graduate work, Holliday accepted an artist-in-residence at the Grand Crystal Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. During this residency, he collaborated with artists and art educators, working directly with students in the studio and classroom.

Currently, Holliday is an Associate Professor of Art at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, Texas, where he has been recognized with an endowed professorship, the Doris Alexander Distinguished Professor of Fine Art. He now serves as the primary investigator for all 3-D Studios and the new Creative Research Lab, of which he is also the director. Holliday teaches glass, sculpture, professional practices, and three-dimensional design. In addition, he oversees graduates and is the sponsor for the Art Club, which recently established four annual scholarships, funded by Chad’s fundraising efforts with the annual “Night Blow.”

Holliday received a Fulbright Award for the academic year 2007-2008; he performed research and taught classes at The Secondary School of Glass Making - Kamenicky Senov, recognized as the oldest glass school in the world. He worked with his longtime mentor and colleague. Frantisek Janak, to establish links between traditional methods and contemporary approach. Upon completion, Holliday accepted his current position at WTAMU. Later that year, he was a featured as an emerging artist of the year in American Style magazine and had his work published in New Glass Review. Holliday has work featured in The Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington; and The Museum of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic.