Art & Art History

Heather Harvey

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


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. Harvey exploits materials’ inherent qualities to yield philosophical and mechanical insights into how the physical world operates and what it means to inhabit a body. Through minimal means and everyday materials the familiar is made strange again.

Harvey has upcoming solo exhibitions at VisArts Rockville (2015) and Maryland Art Place (2017). She has previously exhibited in venues including 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 (2014), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship (2009-2010) and fellowship residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in (2014, 2003). She has an upcoming fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center (2015). Her art criticism has been published in Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, and NYArts.  

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Course Offerings

Visual and Critical Thinking
Advanced Studio_P
Advanced Studio_D
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