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Gail Heidel
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: Urbanism, particularly how the contemporary condition of interconnectivity, the agency of the individual and the theory of emergence effect the built environment is the focus of my work. To address these concepts, I create researchbased installations to highlight the importance of place and the living history of the site. These installations are comprised of an architectural vocabulary of press molded ceramic multiples and common building materials with a rough-hewn aesthetic. Historical relevance is placed on the use of ceramics as a building block of cities in its brick and tile form. The aesthetic choice is made to reference our aged infrastructure. My construction process is labor intensive and repetitive, echoing the mass production of buildings and the temporary construction sites that leave our cities in a constant state of flux. I investigate issues that arise in cities such as: urban development, eminent domain, access to private property, red lining, sprawl and subdivision of land. I also address suggested solutions achieved through responsible master plans. By loosely defining the outcome for an installation, I allow an emergent aspect to develop. Depending on the work, the viewer is invited to help install on site, enter a construction site, deconstruct or reorganize an installation with intent to encourage a sense of agency that is sometimes missing in the built environment. My work promotes ground up solutions to urban planning rather than top down decisions by requesting the viewer's participation and granting access to the work.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Education
2008 M.F.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Studio Art
2005 Post-Baccalaureate University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Studio Art
1995 B.F.A. University of Connecticut, Storrs, Studio Art

Public Art Projects
2016-present
Mending Fences, Brooklyn, NY (ongoing public art project)

2015
Knit Knit Bomb Bomb, Pelham Art Center Courtyard, Pelham, NY (collective yarn bombing installation)
Free Art Brooklyn: The Eastern Parkway Project, Brooklyn, NY (solo yarn bombing project, catalog)

2014
Brick Extraction, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY (solo community project)
Free Art Brooklyn: The Basketball Hoop Project, Crown Heights, NY (solo neighborhood project)

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions
2012
^Takings, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY (solo)

2011
Bridged, Lachaise Gallery, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA (two-person)

2010
Access Restricted, Thomas Hunter Project Room, Hunter College, New York, NY (solo)

2009
Subdivision, Thomas Hunter Project Space, Hunter College, New York, NY (solo)
2008
Converge, Gaga Arts Center, Garnerville, NY (solo)

Group Exhibitions
2017
REDUX Transformations 6x6, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY (Leigh Taylor Mickelson, curator)
Load Barring: The Art of Construction, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ (Lovina Purple, curator)

2016
Eclectic Earth, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (Matthew Wilt, curator)

2015
Away Game, Klapper Gallery, Queens College, Queens, NY

2013
Regis Center 10th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Spring Fever, Loft 594, Brooklyn, NY (Margaret Coleman, curator)
Longing for Repetition, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO (Heather Mae
Erickson/Jill Oberman, curators)

2012
25th Anniversary Symposium Site Project, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine
(invitational)
Postcards from the Edge, Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY (auction)

2011
Middling, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY (Margaret Coleman, curator)
Extraction, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (Jill Larson, curator)
eARTh, Arts Westchester, White Plains, NY (Leigh Taylor Mickelson, curator)
Elastic Authenticity, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL (Beiner/ Johnson, curators, catalog)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2010
In The Ceramics Studio, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
On Earth, Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY (Leigh Taylor Mickelson, curator)
Remapping, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (Joseph Page, curator)
2010: A Space Odyssey, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD (Mary Cloonan, curator)
Main Lining Ceramics, NCECA, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA (Glen R. Brown, juror)

2009
Sprawl, Project Spaces, NCECA, Phoenix, AZ (Susan Beiner, curator)

2008
It’s Not Easy, Exit Underground at Exit Art, New York, NY (Lauren Rosati, curator)
[ ] scapes, M.F.A. Thesis Show, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota

2007
Contemplation and Collaboration, Music Library, University of Minnesota (catalog)
Fresh Works, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
Untitled VI, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN (juried)
21 Days, New York Center for Arts and Media Studies, New York, NY (collaborative installation with Beth Jeffries)
Beijing Film Academy Exhibition and Exchange, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China, (screening/collaborative video with Jennifer Rogers)
Scholarship Show, Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
Accidental Nexus, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota

2006
7, Boiler Room, Minneapolis, MN (collaborative installation with Jennifer Rogers)
Praxis/Practice, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
Construct ‘n’ Strut, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, (collaborative performance with Target Corporation and Jennifer Rogers, catalog)
Fresh Works, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
Narrative Beyond Words, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota (catalog)
Scholarship Show, Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
Galex 40, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL (juried)

2005
Fresh Works, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
Recent Work- UMASSD Post-Baccalaureate Student Show, One Johnny Cake Hill Gallery, New Bedford, MA
Three, Experimental Space, Department of Art, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA

2004
Glass Case Show, Group 6, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

2003
Gail Heidel, Lynne Lerner, Elizabeth Zawada, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Made in Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY (invitational)
Member’s Exhibition, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Made in Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY (invitational)
Member's Exhibition, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

2001
Member's Exhibition, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Member's Exhibition, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

1999
Staff Art Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Industry Collaborators
2012 ^Mudge Fasteners, Corona, CA 92880, mudgefasteners.com
2009 *Building Products Company , Phoenix, AZ, buildingproductscompany.com
2006 **Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN, target.com

Awards
2007
Graduate Research Partnership Fellowship with Andrea Stanislav, Department of Art, University of Minnesota
Brown-MacKenzie Arts Scholarship, Department of Art, University of Minnesota

2006
Grand Award, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL
Brown-MacKenzie Arts Scholarship, Department of Art, University of Minnesota

2005
Joel & Aja Ceramics Award, Department of Art, University of Minnesota

2000
Work Study Grant from the Mary B. Bishop/Francis S. Merrit Scholarship Fund, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Island, ME
Madeline Sadin Memorial Scholarship, Greenwich House Center for Ceramics, New York, NY

1995
Liberty Bank Prize, School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut (Best Senior Sculpture)

Bibliography
2017
-William Jaeger, “Workable World of Possibilities,” Albany Times Union, timesunion.com/tuplus-features/article/Varied-ceramic-art-featured-at-Skidmore-s-Schick-10618228.php#item-38491, November 17, 2016, p.19, Eclectic Earth review and online image.

2014
-Barry Kostrinsky, “BWW Reviews: Clay in a Blaze of Glory at Clay Arts Center,” Broadway Art World.com, broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/BWW-Reviews-Clay-in-a-Blaze-of-Glory-at-the-Clay-Arts-Center-20140812#.U_U2mkg-I6Q, August 12, 2014, review.
-Gail Heidel, “Urban Flux,” Ceramics Monthly, January 2014, p 32-33, What’s the Commodity essay/images.
-Mary Shustack, “Hats off to Hats,” Wag Magazine, January 2014, p.55, quote.

2013
-Mary Shustack, “An Artful Approach to Holiday Shopping,” WAG Magazine,
wagmag.com/an-artful-approach-to-holiday-shopping/, Craft-Tastic review/interview.
-News 12 Westchester, December 8, 2013, Diwali interview.
-Susan Hodara, “Creative Ideas for the Holiday Gift List,” The New York Times, N.Y./Region, December 15, 2013, WE11, Craft-Tastic interview/review.

2012
-“Gallery Guide 2013,” Ceramics Monthly, October 2012, p.74, image.
-Thomas Hunter Projects, New York, NY (catalog)
-“Events in Westchester”, The New York Times, N.Y./Region, June 10, 2012, p. WE10, Calendar Listing.

2011
-Robert Isenberg, “Extraction: By Listening to the Artists, We’re Proving Their Unwritten Point,” Pittsburgh City Papers, November 9, 2011, image and review.
-Susan Hodara, “What the Earth Gives, and What It Inspires,” New York Times, October 23, 2011, p. WE11, eARTh exhibition review.
-Debra Banerjee, “In Touch With the Earth,” The Scarsdale Inquirer, Arts & Entertainment, October 28, 2011, p. 17 & 20, eARTh exhibition review.
-Kurt Shaw, “’Extraction’ Takes Something Away From Art”, Pittsburgh Tribune, A&E, September 29, 2011, review.
-Glen R. Brown, “The Ceramic Sprawlscape”, Ceramic Monthly, Volume 59, number 8, October 2011, p. 40-45, images, review.
-“Elastic Authenticity”, NCECA, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL, catalog.
-Susan Beiner and Darien Johnson, “Elastic Authenticity Curatorial Statement”, -Ceramics Ireland, Issue 27, 2011, p. 18-21, image.
-Jan Garden Castro, “On Earth: Ceramic Sculpture Exploring Nature and the Built Environment”, Ceramics Art and Perception, March – May 2011, p.70-73, images/review.

2010
-Susan Hodara, “18 Very Different Pieces of Clay”, The New York Times, October 24, 2010, p.WE10, exhibition review.
-Sean McNulty, “Talk by Casey McDonough Opens New Exhibit at Sheehan Gallery”, The Pioneer, October 21, 2010, quoted.
-Glen R. Brown, “The 2010 NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition” review, Ceramics Monthly, Volume 58 Number 7, September 2010, p.26, cited.
-Mary Cloonan, Ceramics Monthly, Upfront section, Volume 58 Number 7, September 2010, p.18, exhibition announcement.
-Dylan Beck, “Supermodernity, Emergence and the Built Environment: Reinterpreting the Human-Made Landscape”, Ceramic Art and Perception, Issue 80, June 2010, p. 13-19, article/image.
-“2010 College Art Association Conference”, Korean Monthly Ceramic Art, World Ceramic Art section, April 2010, p.92-99, image.
-Glen R. Brown, “Main-Lining Ceramics”, Ceramics Monthly, Upfront section, Volume 58 Number 5, April 2010, p.20, juror’s statement.

2009
-Gail Heidel, “Subdivision”, Ceramics Monthly, Upfront section, Volume 57 Number 9, November 2009, p.20, images and exhibition announcement.
-Bryan Allen Moore, “Spin-off Report: NCECA 2009”, Ceramic Review, Issue 238, July/August 2009, exhibition review.

2008
-“Land of the Lost”, The Beat, October 2008, exhibition announcement.
-“Land of the Lost”, Hudson Valley Business Journal, Volume 19, Number 44, November 3, 2008, exhibition announcement.
-Rebecca Lang, “Fresh Terrain”, Minnesota Daily, April 3, 2008, exhibition review.

2007
-“Contemplation and Collaboration”, University of Minnesota, exhibition catalog.
-“Accidental Nexus”, University of Minnesota, exhibition catalog.

2006
-“Construct ‘n’ Strut”, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, catalog.
-“Narrative Beyond Words”, University of Minnesota, catalog.

2002
-Time Out New York, Issue 376/377, December 12-26, 2002, image.

Residencies
2012 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
2008-2012 Artist-in-Residence, Hunter College, New York, NY
2007 New York Center for Arts and Media Studies, New York, NY
2000 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Island, ME (grant)

Collections
Mudge Fasteners, Corona, CA 92880, www.mudgefasteners.com
Mural, All Childrenʼs Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
Hunter College, New York, NY
Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL

Current Employment
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Bronx, NY
 








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