Jenny Holzer was born on July 29, 1950, in Gallipolis, Ohio, at Holzer Hospital. Her father was a car salesman, and her mother a horse rider. Holzer developed an interest in art at a young age, but she desperatly tried to suppress her interest. Holzer commented in an interview, "I drew madly and happily until I was five or six years old, but in my teenage years I tried to become normal."



She attended Duke University and the University of Chicago, before completing her undergraduate degree at Ohio University in Athens. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Holzer began experimenting with different styles such as abstract painting style, and color field painting. In 1976 she relocated to Manhattan, at a participant in the Whitney Museum's independent study program.

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