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hollidayRobin Holliday

Owner and Curator, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
Jewelry Artist

Robin Holliday began her professional life as an analyst working in the area of National Security. After 26 years, Robin decided to leave her career to pursue her life-long dream, to embark on her own personal journey as an artist and art gallery owner.

In 2009, Robin created HorseSpirit Arts, selecting the name based on her strong belief in the healing power of connection with animals, and horses in particular.  A collector of rocks & minerals her entire life, Robin started designing and creating high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. She also created crystal sun catchers. In all her work, she used sterling silver, sterling silver-plated, or 24K gold-covered wire & findings.

As a young child, Robin envisioned having an eclectic, uplifting gallery representing only local artists, a sanctuary from the outside world where artwork could remind people of the goodness of life. She also wanted to create a community of artists who support one another.

In 2013, Robin opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, a small, one-room gallery where she exhibited her own artwork and that of a few local artists. In 2015, she moved HorseSpirit Arts Gallery to Old Ellicott City’s Main Street, where it continued to grow until she represented over 40 local artists. After suffering significant losses from two devastating floods in 2016 and 2018, Robin chose to leave Old Ellicott City. November 2018, she reopened her gallery at Historic Savage Mill, MD where she now represents over 45 local artists. The gallery includes paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, mosaics, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, and fiber and wearable art.

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Honors and Awards:
– Best of Howard County (Baltimore Sun), Best Art Gallery, 2019 and 2016
– Howard County Arts Council “Howie Award” for Outstanding Business Supporter of the Arts, 2018

Personal Honors and Awards:
– Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award, 1995
– Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Phil E. DePoy Award for Analytical Excellence, 1996
– Fellow – International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation, 1998/1999
– Fellow – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies SEMINAR XXI Fellow, 2005/06
– Appointment to JHU Applied Physics Laboratory Principal Professional Staff, 2007

– Bachelor of Science, Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1983
– Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering (Minor Mathematics), NCSU, 1986

Robin lives in Columbia MD with her wonderful husband Max Crownover –also an Artist in the Gallery and a cherished blessing in her life. They share their home with a golden retriever and four cats. Robin has also been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1990 and teaches Aerobics, Body Pump and Cardio Dance for the Columbia Association.