Heather Hertel www.hhertel.com
Heather is a water spirit, originating in Lake Erie, rowing, sailing, and painting. She creates art on recycled sailcloth, hoisted on ships, displayed in Maritime Museums and other water related venues. Heather has traveled to New Zealand, as a visiting scholar at Waikato Institute of Technology, and created a site-specific installation at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland.Her collaborations integrate art, dance and sailing. SOAR, an interdisciplinary performance project of SRU Art & Dance, adorned with wearable sailcloth art, was performed on the Pride of Baltimore II. This project secured multiple SRU grants and funding from Erie Arts and Culture.
Hertel received her BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, with guidance from Jerome Witkin. She achieved an MFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a Professor of Art at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in Painting & Drawing.
Her compass has led her to Florence, Italy to study at Santa Repararta International School of Art. She was an artist in residence at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center. Heather has taught at the Art Students League of NYC. She currently serves as President of Mid-America College Art Association.