Heather Harvey

  • Associate Professor of Studio Art

Prof. Heather Harvey

Artworks by Prof. Heather Harvey

Heather Harvey is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work straddles traditional boundaries of painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation-based strategies. Her projects grow out of a range of interests – most often the sciences (astronomy, physics, biology, geology), philosophy, poetry, spiritual practices and metaphysics, psychoanalytical perspectives, ethics-based social justice issues, the natural world, and concerns about environmental ecosystems and their collapse.  

Harvey’s work is currently in Transformer DC’s Flat File program and was recently in ICA Baltimore’s Flat File program. She is a member of Revolve:R, edition four, a multidisciplinary collaboration of visual artists, poets, filmmakers, sound artists, and musicians from around the world. She is also a 2021 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council $10K Independent Artist Award, the MSAC Individual Artists Award in 2014 and 2017, and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship. She has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  

Some recent solo exhibitions include the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Delaware, Salisbury University Gallery, MD, Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, and Second Street in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has also exhibited at The Painting Center, NYC, the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, VA, Denise Bibro in New York City, the McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, 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.

Her 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). Harvey’s writing has been published in Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, and NYArts

More information: heather-harvey.net

Artworks by Prof. Heather Harvey

Course Offerings:
ART251 Visual and Critical Thinking
ART261 Intermedia_D (Drawing)
ART271 Intermedia_P (Painting)
ART281 Intermedia_S (Sculpture)
ART291 Intermedia_VNM (Video New Media)
ART350 Advanced Studio_D (Drawing)
ART360 Advanced Studio_P (Painting)
ART194/394 Special Topics: Art as Inquiry: The Artistic Laboratory
ART194/394 Special Topics: Art on the Go: Portable and Itinerant Art   
ART294 Special Topics: Art in the Anthropocene: Greener Art Through Greener Chemistry
ART392 Junior Seminar: Contemporary Practices  
ART394 Special Topics: Installation/Site-Specific Art 
ART394 Special Topics: Visual Poetics
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