Born and raised in Maryland, Fran Holt earned her B.F.A., summa cum laude, in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in1986; and her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. Her paintings, drawings and prints have been widely exhibited. She is the recipient of several awards, including Allied Arts Foundation and two Individual Artist Projects grants from 4Culture. Her work is in the collection of the City of Seattle, City of Kent, Snohomish County public art collection, as well as numerous private collections.