Andrea Hoelscher was born in 1968 in Marshalltown, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and drawing from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992. In 1994 she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Her solo exhibitions have included locations such as Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, The Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, Illinois, the Dunn Gallery at Oakland City University, the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Roanoke College in Virginia, E3 Gallery in New York City, Bromfield Gallery in Boston, UC Berkeley in San Francisco, and Artemisia Gallery in Chicago. She has exhibited internationally, in solo exhibits at the Free University in Berlin, and at the International Artists Center in Poznan, Poland.
Hoelschers work has also been featured in many group shows in galleries and cultural centers, including the Minneapolis Photo Center, the Yeiser Art Center, SoFA Gallery at Indiana University, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Illinois, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Evansville Museum in Indiana, Japser Arts Center in Jasper, Indiana, the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, the Copley Society in Boston, and the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.
In the course of her career Hoelscher has been the recipient of several awards. In 2014 and 2007 she received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2003 she was selected as a finalist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council grant program. From 1997 to 1998 she had a Fulbright Grant for a project in Berlin, Germany. In 1996 she won a Fellowship for the Visual Arts from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Hoelscher has frequently lectured publicly on her work. She has given talks at Lockhaven University, Western Kentucky University, Roanoke College, the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Northeastern University in Boston, the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, the Poznan Art Academy in Poznan, Poland, and at the Amerika Haus in Berlin, Germany.
Since 1995 Hoelscher has been engaged in teaching photography, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently she teaches at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. From 1998-2003 she was Assistant Professor of Photography at The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She is also a graduate advisor in the Maine College of Art and Art Institute of Boston's MFA programs. She has taught photography at Columbia College, St. Xavier University, and the College of DuPage in Chicago.