Research-oriented and project-based, my work considers our psychological connection to universe and natural world. I look for and manipulate visual representations of the cosmos—often depictions of its physical manifestation in our natural world—and present this imagery as multidisciplinary artworks. These sculptures, photographs, videos, and installations represent an internal universe—revealing a humanity that looks inward instead of outward to understand existence and our place in the stars. I’m drawn to Shinto philosophy, that nothing is inanimate. Object-oriented ontology in conjunction with Shinto's spiritual connectivity has informed my current work. I’m interested in creating an echo of these thoughts as art objects: here every rock, mineral, electrical charge, or astrological body has a consciousness, agency, or purpose about which we do not know.



Born 1981, Houston, TX



MFA, Boston University, Boston, MA 

BFA, The University of Texas, Austin, TX


Solo Exhibitions

2015 The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space, Wave Hill, The Bronx, NY

2014 Rogue Planets, Mars Recruitment Center, Heliopolis, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Contemplation Center, site-specific project for DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY


Group Exhibitions

2017 Non Atomic, 215 Orleans Project Space, Beaumont, TX

2017 Lift: An Exhibition of Kites, Artpace, San Antonio, TX

2017 Call and Response, Wave Hill, the Bronx, NY

2017 Gross Frictions, Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany

2017 Dêrive, Tête, Berlin, Germany

2017 Art City Fair, Hello Studios, Austin, TX 

2016 And Introducing…, The University Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

2015 To: Pluto, SedimentARTS, Richmond, VA

2015 How the sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, NY

2015 Closed Circuit, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY

2014 The Last Brucennial, Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY

2014 Sequence and Seriality, Calico, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Comet Contemplation Center, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Great Expectations, Pop-Up Project, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Getting Closer, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Assistance League of Houston Celebrate Texas Art, Williams Tower, Houston, TX


Awards and Residencies

2017 Picture Berlin Summer Residency

2017 Otis College of Art and Design Summer Residency

2016 Creative Capital On Our Radar

2015 LES Studio Program, a program of Artists Alliance Inc. 

2015 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant

2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant nominee

2009 Kahn Career Entry Award finalist

2007-08 Constantin Alajalov Visual Arts Scholarship Boston University 

2007-08 International Art Materials Association Scholarship

National Merit Scholar



“Art Takes Flight with Lift at Artpace.” Dann, Cassandra. CO|LAB Magazine. Sept. 23, 2017.

“Kite-Inspired Art Elevates Artpace to New Heights.” Cook Monroe, Nancy. Rivard Report. Sept. 21, 2017. 

“Call and Response at Wave Hill, through December 3, 2017.” Arts Summary: A Visual Journal. Sept 15, 2017. 

“Art in the City Presents a Curated View of Art City Austin.” Blackard, Colleen. HiConcept Magazine: Creativity in Reality. 2017.

Call & Response: Marking 10 Years of Sunroom Projects with New Works by Alumni Artists, September 10–Dec 3, 2017, published by Wave Hill, the Bronx, NY, with essays by Jennifer McGregor and Gabriel de Guzman.

"The Inanimate Vastness of Sidereal Space: Holly Veselka." Interview by Danni Shen. Wave Hill Blog. July 24, 2015.

Groth, Michael. “New Directions at Greenpoint Gallery Night.” Hyperallergic. February 10, 2014.

“DUMBO Arts Festival Kicks Off in Brooklyn.” NY1 News. September 27, 2013.

Cook, Greg. “MFA ART 2009.” The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research. April 28, 2009.