Nebraska based artist, Holly Carlini, has a deep passion for creating. Her love of drawing people and painting with acrylics developed during her years at the Colorado Art Institute, studying visual communications and illustration. Later she started a 12 year career as a reporter and photographer at an NBC and FOX station, honing her eye for angles, lighting and story telling. Through her career, combining emotions with texture and color led her down the path of sculpture in clay, paper mache and mixed media. You can find all of these mediums combined in some of her works.
Carlini has worked on large public art projects and murals, which include a mural for PALS Brewing Company and the Connection Homeless Shelter, Paws on the Platte - painted dog sculptures as a benefit for Pawsitive Partners Humane Society. She also created a "Only Rain down the Drain" public art project through Keep America Beautiful - which focused on sidewalk murals and clean water. She also worked with the North Platte Public and Catholic Schools to develop and create bottle cap murals in the buildings. Murals have become a highlight for Carlini, as she developed and created #inspiringwingsnp. This public art project brings attention to local nonprofits and local artists, as they create a theme and message into photo opportunities for the public.
Carlini is the Executive Director at the Prairie Arts Center, a working art center that focuses on bringing cultural arts to Western Nebraska. Here she is able to teach art classes to adults, kids, kids camps, Alternative Therapy classes to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and special needs classes. If there’s one thing that Carlini has learned in her career—it’s that art is an outlet, it gives you a voice and a sense of peace.