Holly Gibbs

Holly Gibbs, MFA

Troy, NY

Recent MFA graduate deeply dedicated to learning, media theory, and various forms of making.

Research Interests

  • Post-digitality
  • Media theory
  • Authenticity/aura in art
  • Participatory media
  • Craft
  • Analog & digital tools
  • Technology as a disruptive force


Champlain College

Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Media

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, specialization in Motion Graphics


  • Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, AfterEffects, and Lightroom
  • Typography, design, photography, branding, design thinking, social media marketing, and motion graphics

Professional Experience

Champlain College
 - Burlington, VT

Adjunct Professor, Jan-May 2020
Co-taught the Visual Communication Design program’s Introduction to Typography class, teaching first-year students to utilize the Adobe suite to create design work 
Held a studio class session and office hours to advise students and provide extra guidance and troubleshooting on projects

CREM Graduate Fellow Teaching Assistant, Jan-May 2020
Assisted Creative Media fourth-year students in their Capstone class 
Acted as creative director for the publication designed for the virtual capstone show and worked alongside students to design, format, and prepare the book for print

VCD Graduate Fellow Teaching Assistant, Sep-Dec 2019
Supported critique and aided Visual Communication Design third-year students in Intermediate Typography class 

Generator - Burlington, VT

Graphic Designer, Sep 2018-Jan 2020
Created posters, brochures, large-scale signage, and social media assets to promote lectures, events, and classes at Generator, a nonprofit maker space 
Strategized with a diverse group of makers to effectively communicate Generator’s mission to the public
Provided visitors to the space with information and directed them to the appropriate resources

Champlain Emergent Media Center - Burlington, VT

Motion Graphics Designer, Sep 2017-May 2018
Created informational motion graphics and illustrations for Stern Building Blocks for Literacy
Collaborated with a team of designers and web developers to create cohesive, interactive education modules for educators 


  • On the Champlain College Dean’s List for Fall 2015-Spring 2019
  • Received a VCD Division Award in Spring of 2016

Research & Projects

ABLE Library
- Barre, VT, Sep-Dec 2019

Worked on pre-production research and planning for a multisensory installation for Vermont’s ABLE Library for the blind and visually impaired
Conducted design thinking style 'empathy interviews' with clients and community stakeholders
Collaborated in rapid prototyping and ideation sessions with stakeholders
Collected and presented research to the library staff

Vermont Folklife Center 
- Middlebury, VT

Worked alongside the Vermont Folklife Center using the design thinking process to ideate several solutions to get the public engaged with The Green Record project
Designed a branding identity and logo for the project, produced informational materials
Rapid prototyped multiple versions of a physical Green Record
Created a final physical piece using laser cut acrylic and led lights which was displayed at the Fletcher Free Library to help the project gain traction


Ambiguous Hybrids
Champlain College Art Gallery & virtual show, 2020-2021
MFA Thesis show

Graphic Design BFA Capstone Exhibition
Champlain College Art Gallery, 2018
Group show

100% Close Enough
Karma Bird House, Burlington, VT, 2018
Iskra Print Collective screenprinting group show

Using Format