Professor Holloway received a BA, majoring in art history, from Barnard College. She completed her MA, MPhil, and PhD in the History of Art at Yale University. Her research centers on modernism and photography within the circum-Atlantic world, paying special attention to the impact of race on art and aesthetics.
In 2010, Professor Holloway was awarded a Smithsonian American Art Museum post-doctoral fellowship to complete research for a book project that explores the role race played in the development of modernist photography in the United States between the Two World Wars. An aspect of this research, devoted to racial representation in Alfred Stieglitz’s Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe, was previously published in Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies in 2005.
Professor Holloway also plans to produce a monograph on the African American photographer James L. Allen (1907-1977) based on her crucial research and exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery in 1999 that rescued this major Harlem Renaissance figure from virtual obscurity. Professor Holloway has previously taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Swarthmore College and the University of Southern California, offering courses on American Art, African American Art, Modern Art, the History of Photography, and Race and Representation.
Professor Holloway is the co-founder of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), an organization dedicated to promoting the study of race within art history. ACRAH is an affiliated society of the College Art Association. She is the editor of the organization’s blog, The Grapevine (acrah.wordpress.com) and its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/acrah).