Education

2021    MFA Candidate, Sculpture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2018    MA, Studio Art, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

2015    BFA with Honors, Sculpture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2014    University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Residencies

2018   Studio Artist in Metal Fabrication, 2 months, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

2017    Hot Metal Residency, 1 month, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Intern Artist Fellowship, 2.5 months, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

2016   Artist in Residence, 10 months, HEIMA Art Residency, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Artist in Residence, 3 months, LungA School, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Public Art

2018    Requiem for the Midwestern Moon, Cary Hill Sculpture Park at Salem Art

Works, Salem, NY

2017    Cornhub, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN.

Natalie Porthole, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Awards

2018   University of Maryland Dean’s Fellowship

Irene Couchman Buzzard Award, awarded by nomination  

Eastern Illinois University Distinguished Graduate, awarded by the Graduate

Student Advisory Council

2017   Finalist for The Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellowship, Wellesley College

2015   Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship, awarded on portfolio merit

University of Iowa Dean’s List

2014  Stephens Art Scholarship, awarded on portfolio merit

University of Iowa Dean’s List

2014-13 Laurence Fairall Scholarship for Excellence in Fiction Writing

2013    University of Iowa Dean’s List

Exhibitions (* denotes solo)

2018   Art & Plow, 1852 Delaware & Hudson Railroad Center Gallery, Salem, NY

SWAPOUT, North Main Gallery, Salem, NY

Resident, North Main Gallery, Salem, NY

2018 Graduate Exhibition, The Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL

Who Gon’ Check Me Boo?, Gallery 1910, Charleston, IL

2017   Art-A-Whirl, Casket Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Thursday Service, Casket Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

MA Exhibition & Open Studios, Podesta Gallery, Charleston, IL

2016  Unofishal SeaMen*, The Old Net Factory, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

List í ljósi (Art in Light) Festival, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Drasl og Tannpína, Mengi, Reykjavík, Iceland

Kvit 1 år,  KVIT Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark

Post- Plenty, Times Club Gallery, Prairie Lights Café, Iowa City, IA

Ontogenesis: Towards an Opera Of/for Known & Unknowable Un-I-Verses,

Mengi, Reykjavík, Iceland

MAIN VEIN, FISH BRAIN, collaboration with Nicole Shaver, interactive

installation at The Old Net Factory, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Shit Happens: A Happening, The Old Net Factory, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Visualizing Sound, 7 Suns 7 Moons Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Intuition > Intention, Curated by Lotte Rose Kjær Skau (DK) and Daniel

Grossman (UK), The Book Shop, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Honey I’m HEIMA, HEIMA House, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

HEIMA I’m Homie, HEIMA House, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Dance & Animation, Herðubreið Center, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

CONTACT: Sound & Paint, Curated by Simon Berz (SUI) and Laura Tack (BE),

HEIMA House, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

LungA Final Exhibition, Hafaldan Old Hospital, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

2015 8th Annual College Invitational, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

Yield*, Sculpture Installation Lab, Iowa City, IA

One Scan to Eternity, collaboration with Patrick Casey & Nicole Shaver,

interactive installation at the Ana Mendieta Gallery, Iowa City, IA

The Iowa Farm Persons Presents…, collaboration with Patrick Casey & Nicole

Shaver, interactive happening at The Zenisek Estate, Solon, IA

Another Dimension, The Ark Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Fired Up!, CSPS Firehouse, Cedar Rapids, IA

University of Iowa Ceramics, The Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA

Ceramics Center Invitational, Cherry Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

Ceramics At The University of Iowa, The Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2014   Blue Lava, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA

Earthwords Art Speaks, Art Building West Art Library, Iowa City, IA

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Show, The Porch Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Ceramics At The University of Iowa, The Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2012   Undergraduate Metals Exhibition, The Ark Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Professional Experience

2018     Studio Assistant, Salem Art Works Metal Fabrication Shop, Salem, NY

2018-17 Assistant Preparator, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL

Graduate Student Representative, Grade Appeals Committee, Eastern

Illinois University, Charleston, IL

2017   Artist Assistant, Artist in Education Residency Outreach Program, Tarble Arts

Center, Charleston, IL

Docent, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Workshop Leader, Kids Make Sculpture, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Studio Assistant & Tour Guide, Rural Arts Initiative, Franconia Sculpture Park,

Shafer, MN

Instructor of Continuing Education, Resin Casting, Kirkwood Community

College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Studio Assistant & Performer, Laura Feldberga, People as Mountains, Shafer,

MN

Studio Assistant, Ojārs Arvīds Feldbergs, 69+1=70, Shafer, MN

2016  Studio Assistant, Anthony Castronovo, Solar Labyrinth, Iowa City, IA

Studio Assistant, Philippe Clause, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Resident Sculptor, The Scent Bank, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Front of House, Esualc Shop & Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

2015  President, Interdisciplinary Creative Collective, Iowa City, IA

Facility Supervisor, University of Iowa Studio Arts Building, Iowa City, IA

2015-14 Studio Assistant, University of Iowa Sculpture Facilities, Iowa City, IA

Studio Assistant, University of Iowa Ceramics Department, Iowa City, IA

2014    Studio Assistant, Megan Louise, Yotopia Mural, Iowa City, IA

2014-12 Cake Decorator, Molly’s Cupcakes, Iowa City & North Liberty, IA

BIO

Facets of my childhood on an Iowa farm are embodied in my sculptures that parallel society’s abuse of ecology with man’s treatment of women, using agricultural refuse as the material of choice. After graduating with a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa, I spent the following year exhibiting throughout Iceland and Scandinavia while participating in the LungA School, List í ljósi (Art in Light) Festival, and HEIMA Art Residency. Back in The States, I worked as Assistant Preparator for the Tarble Arts Center in Illinois, and have taken part in numerous residencies including the Intern Artist Fellowship and Hot Metal Residency at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota. Most recently, I was the Studio Artist for Metal Fabrication at Salem Art Works in New York. After receiving the Dean’s Fellowship, I chose to pursue my MFA at the University of Maryland, which is where I am currently moving, shaking, and making.
 

STATEMENT  

Space, place, community, commodity, and the basic notion of our interaction with nature influence my work. Growing up on a farm surrounded by large machinery, expansive landscapes, mass quantities of crop, and witnessing its migration from field, to wagon, to silo, to semi informs how I embody scale, movement, and renewal. Through play with the physical qualities of agricultural residual material, its aesthetic and conceptual value is redefined in relation to my perception of lifecycles and regeneration, fertilization and insemination, movement and sentiment. I use sculptural assemblage and installation as platforms to abstract, interpolate, and find a rediscovered relevance within the refuse.

Currently, my work parallels society’s abuse of ecology with man’s treatment of women. An ecofeminist epic in the age of Anthropocene.

heidi.zenisek@gmail.com