About the HoloCenter

The Center for the Holographic Arts – HoloCenter –  is an organization dedicated to promoting and developing holographic artwork.  Focused on the art medium of optical holograms we also support light based installations, multi-dimensional imaging and experimental visual media.

Holography is unique in its capacity to bring virtual understandings into contemporary dialogues around media participation, technology and visuo-spatial information.  The HoloCenter has four main objectives: production, exhibition, research and education.  As an active non-profit arts organization our mission is to ensure that holographic art continues to evolve and inspire.

The HoloCenter is based in New York City and the Hudson Valley, NY. We present exhibitions at a number of venues, including SPACE:LIGHT at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City.

Due to COVID-19 we created LIGHT WINDOWS an exhibition of light by artists, through the windows of wherever they are, around the world.

 Ana Maria Nicholson and Dan Schweitzer at the HoloCenter
Founders Ana Maria Nicholson and Dan Schweitzer

The HoloCenter was founded by respected holographic artists Ana Maria Nicholson and Dan Schweitzer in 1998 to enable artists to access the medium. Directors have included Ikuo Nakamura and Martina Mrongovius who was the chief curator from 2009-2020. The majority of our team are artists. Our current Executive Director, Linda Law is also a holographic artist with a long history in the medium including the latest developments in digital holographic displays

With support from the Hologram Foundation in Paris we launched the Holographic Art Grant Program which provides a funding pool for artists to produce art holograms and has resulted in the ongoing exhibition IRIDESCENCE

Our Exhibition Program began at our Court Square studio in Long Island City. We have also produced the touring exhibitions GENERATIONS (1999/2000) and IRIDESCENCE (2017 – ongoing).

The HoloCenter works with donated exhibition space.  Past locations include The Clock Tower in Long Island City, provided by No Longer Empty (2013/14), where we established the Vault Gallery and presented the major exhibitions ‘Interference:Coexistence’ and ‘Uncertain Worlds’.  At the HoloCenter on Governors Island we offered free public programs (2014-19) with a number of major exhibitions, a studio residency program and teaching studios.

The HoloCenter Pulse Laser Studio at Ohio State University offers an annual introductory workshop and enables artists to produce new works with the pulse laser. We are partnering with Southwood Holographics on an Artist In Residency program, beginning in 2021 with a hands-on course that is supported in part by  New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

As part of the Make:STEAM initiative we are developing project based curriculum at a new optics and holography studio in Brooklyn.

The HoloCenter is a 501c3 charity, kept alive by members, donations and grants.



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