Lonnie Holley, popular Birmingham artist goes global with an exhibit in London

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Lonnie playing at an international concert. (Lonnie Holley / Facebook)

Exciting news! According to ArtNet News, Lonnie Holley will have three of his art selections showcased in two major cities in America and London, England. Read on to learn more about Lonnie and his work. 

About Lonnie Holley

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(Lonnie Holley / Facebook)

Lonnie Holley is a Birmingham native who has been devoting his time to art and music since the late 1970s. His drive for creating art was birthed out of his life struggles. According to Holley’s website, his sculptures are created from “found objects” that he has transformed artistically. The act of using “found materials” is a tradition within the realm of the African-American sculpture world. 

According to ArtNet News, Lonnie has been producing music since 2006. He has played with bands like: 

  • Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip
  • Animal Collective 
  • Bon Iver
  • Deerhunter 
  • The Dirty Projectors

Holley’s showcased work 

Lonnie’s art is and will be showcased at these locations and dates: 

Other notable local and national museums where his work has been showcased include: 

  • Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL (2003 & 2004)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2018) 
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

His own short film, I snuck off the slave ship was screened at Sundance in 2018.

A moment with Lonnie Holley 

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From left to right. Joe Minter, Camille Womack and Lonnie Holley (Camille Womack / Bham Now)

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Holley a couple of months ago and was able to hear his story and soak in his wisdom. It was truly an experience to hold a conversation with him and another Birmingham artist, Joe Minter who’s famous for his African Village. One point he made that stuck with me is to make sure to preserve the art of African-Americans, especially locally, because they tell stories that shouldn’t be forgotten. 

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