Holly Draper is a practicing artist and Upper School Art Teacher at BASIS DC, the top performing charter school in the District of Columbia.

In 2011, she received the Carl Steinsieck Memorial Scholarship to study abroad in Bologna, Italy—the residency culminated in a group exhibition at the Collegio San Tommaso. Draper has received numerous awards through juried shows at the St. Augustine Art Association and state-wide. In 2012, she received the J. Shepard, Jr. and Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment to further her career as a practicing artist.

Draper received her MFA from the Burren College of Art in Ireland in 2015. Her work is featured in Imago Mundi, the Irish Collection at Fondazione Giorgia in Venice, Italy. Solo Exhibitions include New Works in Off-the Wall Pop Up Gallery in Mountshannon, Ireland and Munch at the Staff Club Galleries, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Her work was selected for publication in the New Generation Artists Online Gallery/ The Irish Arts Review (2015), Studio Visit Magazine (summer 2016 edition), and An Image of Ireland: Contemporary Artists From Ireland (2016).

Draper worked as an Exhibition Coordinator and Art Workshop Facilitator in Dublin before relocating to Washington, DC.