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Art & Art History

Heather Harvey

Associate Professor of Art; Chair, Department of Art and Art History; Studio Art Coordinator



Research Focus: Heather Harvey creates site-specific installations and objects that straddle traditional boundaries between painting, drawing and sculpture. She is interested in hidden infrastructures and invisible ordering mechanisms – things like gravity, quantum physics, and radio waves, but also the human body, memory, and contradictory emotions like aversion and affection. Her work is suggestive of mental and emotional landscapes and internal unfolding thought processes. 

Bio: Harvey has an upcoming exhibition at Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD (2019). Recent solo exhibitions include Salisbury University, MD (2018), Second Street in Charlottesville, Virginia and Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. She has also exhibited in The Painting Center, NYC, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, Delaware, the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, VA, Denise Bibro in New York City, the McLean Project for the Arts in McClean, VA, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA, Hunt Gallery in Staunton, VA, McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, TX, the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA, PLAYsPACE in San Francisco, CA, and the Claremont Graduate University Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Recent awards include the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award (2017, 2014), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship (2009-2010), a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant (2015), and fellowship residencies at theVermont Studio Center (2015) and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in (2014, 2003). Her art criticism has been published in Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, and NYArts.  

Harvey’s essay “Outliers, Fringes, Speculation, and Complicity: On making and teaching complex, contradictory art” appeared in Creative Collaboration in Art Practice, Research, and Pedagogy, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2018).

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Course Offerings: 
Visual and Critical Thinking
Intermedia_D (Drawing)
Intermedia_P (Painting)
Intermedia_S (Sculpture)
Intermedia_VNM (Video New Media)
Advanced Studio_P (Painting)
Advanced Studio_D (Drawing)
Installation/Site-Specific Art 
Art as Inquiry: The Artistic Laboratory
Visual Poetics
Junior Seminar: Contemporary Practices
Senior Capstone Experience

  • M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2007
  • B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003
  • M.A., The College of William and Mary, 1997
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993