Abigail Joyce Holmes


Ohio Wesleyan University: B.A., 2000, cum laude

Majors: Humanities, Women’s Studies, Journalism

Minor: English


San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San José, California (March 16, 2021 thru June 2, 2021)

Artist in Residence

San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San José, California (June 2016 thru September 2017)

Worked part time as Program Associate sales-clerking the store, and prepping for events and school tours

Received a promotion from Visitor Services Coordinator, and a raise

Art-o-mat, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (August 2015)

Created 50 tiny quilts to be sold in retired cigarette machines converted to vend art

Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (October 2005 thru April 2009)

Worked twice per week as a staff assistant, and edited and occasionally wrote publicity

The Oak Ridge Observer, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (May thru November 2005)

Wrote a weekly guest column for this local, independently-run newspaper

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, Columbus, Ohio (July 2000 thru July 2001)

Worked full time as Inventory Control Manager and received two raises and a promotion to Soft-Line Manager

Wider Opportunities for Women, Washington, D.C. (June thru July 1999)

Interned and wrote an edition of the newsletter for this non-profit helping women secure nontraditional jobs

Educational Activities

The American University of Paris, Paris, France (September thru December 2009)

Audited the course Women in Parisian History and the Arts

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee (October 2006 and April 2007)

Completed two classes: Beginning Bookmaking and Outsider Diary: Painting for Quilts

Alliance Française, Lyon, France (2001 thru 2003)

Studied French for seven non-consecutive months at this French language and cultural center

Study Abroad Program, London, England (June thru July 1998)


Recipient of a merit-based 3/4 tuition scholarship to Ohio Wesleyan University, 1996-2000

Dean's List, six out of eight semesters, 1996-1999

Recipient of the R. Lowell Hemminger Journalism Scholarship, 2000

Recipient of the Martha A. Swick Journalism Scholarship, 2000

Mortar Board National Honor Society, 1999

Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, 1997

National Merit Scholar, 1996