Elodie Holmes is an internationally acclaimed artist of the contemporary glass movement, with over 35 years of experience honing her craft. In 1959 she was born into a family of artists in Washington, D.C. Holmes began studying ceramics at a young age and later at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She went on to study at the California College of the Arts, under the instruction of Viola Frey. It was here that she met one of the founders of the studio glass art movement, Marvin Lipofsky, who would become her teacher, mentor and life-long friend.
As her initial passion for ceramics gave way to hot glass, Holmes moved to New Mexico in 1981 to co-manage a glass shop and to develop her body of work. Three years later, she became a teaching assistant to Marvin Lipofsky and Fritz Dreisbach at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington. After returning to New Mexico, she founded her own glass studio in 1986. Over the course of the following decade, Holmes showed her work in galleries and museums across the country and internationally. In 2000, she founded Baca Street Studios, an arts complex that housed her new gallery and studio. In the same year she co-founded the Baca Street Arts District, an art district that is now one of the most vibrant in New Mexico. In 2004, Holmes co-founded a second glass studio, which hosts mentorship programs for local high school students and teaches developing artists. Her commitment to community education led Holmes to become a co-founding member of the Glass Alliance-New Mexico, a non-profit established in 2005. As an active member of this organization, she features international guest artists at her studio, Liquid Light Glass, where she also hosts demonstrations for the Glass Alliance-New Mexico Maestro Program.
The artwork of Elodie Holmes appears in galleries, permanent collections, museums, and private collections around the world. It is featured in the permanent collections of the White House and the Art in Public Places Program, of the New Mexico Arts Department of Cultural Affairs. Her pieces have been exhibited in museums across the country, including in the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Museum of Fine Arts: Governors Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; San Francisco Museum of Art +Design, San Francisco, California; the Trenton City Museum, Trenton, New Jersey; and in a solo exhibition at the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas. She is the focus of dozens of articles and publications, and is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2015 Glass Alliance-New Mexico Reflections Award and the 2016 Governor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts.