Heather Mekkelson
born 1975, Syracuse, NY, lives and works in Chicago, IL

Education

2008  MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago
1999  BFA, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
1998  Ox-Bow Summer Arts Program
1993-1995  Purdue University

Solo Exhibitions

2017  65GRAND, What It Is We’re Measuring, Chicago, IL
            4th Ward Project Space, In Absentia Luci, Chicago, IL
2014  65GRAND, Now Slices, Chicago, IL
2013  Medicine Cabinet, Heather Mekkelson, Chicago, IL
2012  Roots and Culture, Invisible Apocalypse, (two person) Chicago, IL
2008  Old Gold, Limited Entry, Chicago, IL
            Threewalls, Debris Field, Chicago, IL
2003  STANDARD, Out Land, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

2016  Governors State University, Visual Arts Gallery, Pitchpoling, University Park, IL
2015  Terraformer, Keep Your Mind in Hell and Despair Not, Chicago, IL
2014  Whitaker Gallery, Hood College, Warmer, Frederick, MD
            Heaven Gallery, Here Lies Space, Chicago, IL
            A&D Gallery, Columbia College, Cargo Space, Chicago, IL
            INOVA, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Cargo Space, Milwaukee, WI
            Sector 2337, The New [New] Corpse, Chicago, IL (catalog)
            Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Division of Labor, Chicago, IL (catalog)
2013  A&D Gallery, Columbia College, Wood Works, Chicago, IL
2012  Hyde Park Art Center, EPIC SOMETHING, Chicago, IL (catalog)
            Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Embracing the Farb, Chicago, IL (catalog)
            Hyde Park Art Center, Two Histories, Chicago, IL
            Possible Projects, Concept Plus Object, online project, http://conceptplusobject.net/
            Co-Prosperity Sphere, Field Static, Chicago, IL
            Southside Hub of Production, This House Is Not a Home, Chicago, IL
2011  NADA Hudson, A Philip von Zweck Project hosted by Invisible Exports, Hudson, NY
            Performa, A Philip von Zweck Project hosted by Invisible Exports, New York, NY
            MDW Fair, Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL
            MDW Fair, A Philip von Zweck Project, Chicago, IL
2010  Possible Press, Artist Project, Vol. 1 Issue 3, Philadelphia, PA
            Hungryman, landscape/portrait/still life, Chicago, IL
2009  O’Connor Art Gallery, Dominican University, Site Unspecific, River Forest, IL
            The Poor Farm, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Manawa, WI
            Hyde Park Art Center, Artists Run Chicago, Chicago, IL
            Museum of Contemporary Photography, PhotoDimensional, Chicago, IL (catalog)
2008  Alternator, Bellwether, Kelowna, BC, Canada (traveling)
            Vox Populi, Bellwether, Philadelphia, PA
            Gallery 400, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Chicago, IL (catalog)
            NEXT Fair, 5 Artists, Old Gold at Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
            Green Lantern, Useless Weaponry, Chicago, IL
2007  Hyde Park Art Center, Clothesline, Chicago, IL
            Gallery 400, Benefit Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2006  40000, Vomitorium, Chicago, IL
            artLedge @ i-cabin, To London from Chicago, with Great Love, London, UK
            40000, Versus, a Mekkelson/Walters collaborative project, Chicago, IL
2005  The Figge Art Museum, 41/90: Contemporary Landscape at The Figge Art Museum,
                        inaugural exhibition, Davenport, IA (catalog)
            Gallery 400, Temporary Allegiance, Chicago, IL
2004  Gardenfresh, Paring Down, Chicago, IL
            Modest Contemporary Art Gallery, Small Victories, Chicago, IL
            RAID Projects, Chicago in LA, Los Angeles, CA
2003  1/Quarterly, Fast Track 2003, Chicago, IL
            Guenzel Gallery, Here and There, with SAIC’s 1926 Exhibition Studies Program, Fish Creek, WI
            The Stray Show, Metabolism, Chicago, IL
            Sioux City Art Center, …you sure about this place?, traveling exhibition, Sioux City, IA (catalog)
2002  The Pond, …you sure about this place?, Chicago, IL
            Apt. 1R, Variations, Chicago, IL
2001  Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Installations 2001: Alumni                         Exhibition, Chicago, IL

Awards

2016  Recipient: Individual Artist Award, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
                        and Special Events
2012  Recipient: Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Chicago 2012 Award
2009  Recipient: Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of                         Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council
            Finalist: The Cartier Award 2009
2007  Recipient: Navona Research Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago
2006  Recipient: Navona Research Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago
2003  Recipient: Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of                         Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council

Professional Activities

2017  Instructor: “Rewilding” Ox-Bow School of Art, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago,
                         Saugatuck, MI
            Visiting Artist: “Lunchtime Lecture” University of Chicago
2015  Instructor: “Rewilding” Ox-Bow School of Art, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago,
                         Saugatuck, MI
            Workshop Presenter: “Encrustation” Shop Talks Series, University of Chicago
            Visiting Artist: “Exploratory Media” Instructor: Jason Lazarus, The School of the Art Institute of
                        Chicago, Chicago, IL
2014  Visiting Artist: “Professional Practices” Instructor: Jeff Carter, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
            Visiting Artist: “Contemporary Issues in Sculpture” Instructor: Philip von Zweck, Columbia
                        College, Chicago, IL
2013  Artist Lecture: “Much Much More Lecture Series” A Philip von Zweck project, Chicago Public
                        Library, Chicago, IL
            Co-Instructor: “Stillness” Ox-Bow School of Art, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago,
                         Saugatuck, MI
            Visiting Artist: “Photography Topic: Voice Lessons” Instructor: Jason Lazarus, The School of the
                        Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2012  Artist Lecture: “Two Histories of the World” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2011  Visiting Artist: “Research Topics” Instructor: Kirsten Leenars, The School of
                        The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2010  Co-Curator: Twelve Galleries Project: MinimumixaM, Pentagon Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009  Artist Lecture: “PhotoDimensional” Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
            Visiting Artist: “Graduate Photography Seminar” Instructor: Karen Irvine, Columbia College,
                        Chicago, IL
            Visiting Artist: “Photo Series, Sequence and Structure” Instructor: Jason Lazarus, The School of
                        the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
             Visiting Artist: “Photography I” Instructor: Jose Velazco, University of Illinois at Chicago,
                        Chicago, IL
2008  Visiting Artist: “Art and Discourse” Instructor: Mirella Tanta, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
            Artist Lecture: “Debris Field” Threewalls, Chicago, IL
2007  Graduate Representative: Gallery 400 Advisory Committee, University of Illinois at Chicago,
                        Chicago, IL
            Visiting Artist: “Undergraduate Photography” Instructor: Jenny Walters, DePaul University,
                         Chicago, IL
2005  Artist Lecture: “41/90 Contemporary Landscape at The Figge” Figge Art Museum,
                        Davenport, IA
2003  Symposium Panelist: “Not Just Another Pretty Face” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2002  Founder and Co-director: 1/Quarterly Exhibition Space (2002-2004), Chicago, IL

Bibliography

2017  Wasney, Michael. Gallery Review: 4th Ward Project Space; South Side Weekly, Arts Issue
                        2017, March 8th
2016  Picard, Caroline. How Does When: An Interview with Heather Mekkelson; Sector2337.com,
                        Sector Daily, November
2014  Dluzen, Robin. Editorial Feature: Heather Mekkelson; VisualArtSource.com, January 25th
            Linneweh, David. Studio Break: Heather Mekkelson; Audio Interview, Episode 97,
                        February 1st       
            Roscoe Mayo, Amanda. SFAQ Review: “Here Lies Space”; SFAQonline.com, April 20th
2013  Foumberg, Jason. Eye Exam: Strategies Against History; Newcity, January 22nd
            Picard, Caroline. Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came; Art21 Magazine,
                        May/June
2012  Hartigan, Philip A.. Reenacting History through Artistic Performance; Hyperallergic.com,
                        November
            Karpova, Anastasia. Portrait of the Artist: Heather Mekkelson; Newcity,September 11th
            Karpova Tinari, Anastasia. Review: Epic Something/ Hyde Park Art Center; Newcity,
                        December 11th
            King, Devin and Caroline Picard. “Field Static.” Field Static: A Collection of Essays Dedicated to the
                        Object and its Various Interpretations. Eds. Devin King and Caroline Picard. Chicago, IL:
                        Holon Press, 2012.
            Weinbeg, Lauren. Quarterly Site #12—Epic Something at Hyde Park Art Center;
                        Time Out Chicago, December 6th
2011  Abe, Stanley. “Locating World Art.” The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and
                        Diaspora. Ed. Saloni Mathur. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Institute and
                        MIT Press, 2011.
2009  Kinkley, Jonathan. PhotoDimensional; Time Out Chicago, March 5th
2008  Gunn, Dan. Review: Heather Mekkelson/ Old Gold; Newcity, September 9th
            Lowry, Sean. Monuments to Heroic Failure; Broadsheet: Contemporary Visual Art +
                        Culture (The Contemporary Art Center of South Australia), vol. 37, no. 3, October 2008
            Lund, Karsten. Heather Mekkelson: Limited Entry; Flavorpill.com
            Relyea, Lane. Debris and Immobility; Introduction to featured artist portfolio: Heather
                        Mekkelson, “Debris Field” Art Journal, vol. 67, no. 1, Spring 2008. Pgs. 6-23
            Stratton, Shannon. Heather Mekkelson’s Debris Field at ThreeWallsSOLO: The
                        Persistence of Ruin; “Debris Field” limited edition catalog
            Stratton, Shannon. In No Particular Order; MFA Catalog, University of Illinois at Chicago,
            Ward, Jeff M.. Brave and Crazy: The Disaster-Model Construction of Meaning in the
                        Work of Heather Mekkelson; “Debris Field” limited edition catalog
            Waxman, Lori. Critics Picks; Artforum.com
2005  Ignatius, Jeff. The Lay of The Land; River Cities’ Reader, October 12th
            Yau, John, Pete Schulte, Leslie Bell and Linda Downs. 41/90 Contemporary Landscape at The
                        Figge (catalog)
2003  Cole, Kevin. Artboat; Dialogue, Summer 2003
            Cook, Christopher. …you sure about this place?; Sioux City Art Center museum exhibition catalog
2002  Hixson, Kathryn. …you sure about this place?; The Pond exhibition catalog
            Robinson, Walter. Chicago Diary; Artnet.com, May 2002
            Speh, Scott. Sex in Chicago; Artnet.com, October 2002