Holt Mclean Cleaver
Holt’s fate was sealed as an artist when she received the National Gold Key Scholastic Art Award during her freshman year in high school. Because of the honor, Holt's work was hung in the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. "Looking back, I think that's when I really decided that art would be my life's pursuit,"
Holt graduated from Appalachian State University in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a major in Graphic Design. She decided to take a chance and move to Los Angeles where she began training in the Mission: Renaissance Academy and soon became the Teens and Adult Program Director for Calabasas and Woodland Hills Fine Art Studios in California. During that time, she took another chance in 2003 when enrolled at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. She learned from some great artists such as Dan Gustin, Ying Li, and Martha Armstrong.
After this experience, in 2005 she decided it was time to move back to her home state of North Carolina and was the Gallery Director for Green Rice Gallery in Noda, Charlotte NC, and ever since, Holt has been making a name for herself by capturing the beautiful scenery surrounding her. Holts work has been shown in many exhibitions throughout the Carolinas. In addition to painting Holt has opened Holt School of Fine Art in 2009 where she teaches the basic of drawing and painting to young budding artists in her studio located in South End, Charlotte, NC.