Heidi Preuss Grew

Heidi Preuss Grew

On sabbatical 2014


Education

  • M.F.A. Ohio University in Athens, 1997
  • B.A. Fine Arts in Crafts, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, 1995
  • B.A. Fine Arts in Art History, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, 1994
  • B.A. Germanic Languages and Literature, 1994
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, 1991-1992

Artist Statement

Most of what I encounter on a given day provides potential inspiration for my work. Fleeting moments of conversation, a given hand gesture used by a close friend, a proverb, a character in a novel, or a simple detail in a painting can inspire an idea. When an experience or memory transforms into something more permanent, such as a sketch or drawing, the creative process begins to take hold. These sketches accompany my hands and mind through the more physical stages of making figurative sculptures with clay. I choose clay for its responsiveness and immediacy, an ideal material to capture the recorded essence of a sketch.

My artistic output consists largely of portraits: friends, community members, legendary people in history, or fictional characters inspired by literature and art. I seek to reveal the vulnerable and pathetic side of the human condition as well as the heroic and beautiful. Animal and human features meld together to develop specific meaning, symbolism, and psychological impact. This combination also allows for greater freedom in the creative process.

Teaching Experience

Willamette University, Salem, Oregon (Fall 1999- present). Associate Professor of Art (since 2005)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (January-May 1999)
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois (August 1998-May 1999)
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (August 1995-November 1997)

Solo Exhibitions

2010

Töpfermuseum, Duingen, Niedersaxon, Germany, “Then and Now”

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon, “Übersetzung/Translation”

2009

Keramik-Museum Rheinsberg, Brandenburg, Germany, “Höhen und Tiefen”

2008

Forum für Zeitgenossische Keramik, two person show with Anton Reijnders, Halle, Germany

The Cannon Gallery of Art, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR, “Rise and Fall”

2007

Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany, “Höhen und Tiefen”

2006

NCECA juried show, Portland, Oregon, host Brian Marki Gallery, “Mardi Gras Continuum”

2005

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon, “Porcelain Stories”

Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, “Porcelain Stories”

2004

International Gallery of Ceramic Art, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, new works

Fine Arts Center Gallery, Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, “Porcelain Stories”

2002

International Gallery of Ceramic Art, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, new works

2000

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon, “The Blind Leading the Blind”

Parkland College Art Gallery, Champaign, Illinois, new works

1998

Galerie im Fursthof, Neumünster, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, new works

Osterle Gallery, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, “The Blind Leading the Blind”

1997

Galerie Zopf, Rheinsberg, Germany, new works

Group Exhibitions

2010

Gallery Raku-an Kiyosumi, Tokyo, Japan, “Two words One sky” with Aoi Imamura

Temple Gallery Zuisho-ji, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan, “Two words One sky” with Aoi Imamura

Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres, France, "Exposition des Membre Académie Internationale de la Céramique"

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, “2010 Biennial: Clay Throwdown!”

2009

Lil Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “Artists Invite Artists”

Museum Schloss Glücksburg, Römhild, Thüringen, Germany, “Phoenix aus der Asche”

World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon, “16th Annual Sitka Art Invitational”

Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, “ArtBeat 2009”

Haus Schulenburg, Gera, Thüringen, Germany, “Phoenix aus der Asche”

Künstlerhaus 188, Halle, Germany, Saxon-Anhalt, “Erde und Feuer: Internationale Keramiksymposien im Kunstlerhaus 188 von 1999-2008, Ein Resumee”

2008

FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China, “International Academy of Ceramics Members Exhibition”

Great China Ceramic Museum, Jingdeshen, Jiangxi Province, China, "Masters in Clay"

Qujuang International Conference and Exhibition Center, Xian, China, “International Academy of Ceramics Member’s Exhibition”

Künstlerhaus 188, Halle, Germany, Saxon-Anhalt, “Erwartung 19”

Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, California, “Ink and Clay 34”

George Fox University Gallery, Newberg, Oregon, “Willamette University Faculty Exhibition”

Salem Art Association, Oregon, “Salem Salon”

Amelia Center Gallery, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida, “Go Figure: Juried Figurative Exhibition”

2007

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark,“Collab. Relationships”

NCECA conference, Louisville, Kentucky, “Ohio University: 1990 Until Now”

Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, California, “Ink and Clay 33”

Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA, “Drawn: Explorations in Line”

Salem Art Association, Salem, Oregon, “Artists Who Teach” and “Radius 25”

2006

Portland Art Museum, Oregon, “Oregon Biennial”

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, “16th National Ceramic Competition”

Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon, “Bestiary”

Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA, “Clay?”

Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois “Ceramics Invitational”

Grossmont College Gallery, El Cajun, California, “Viewpoint: Ceramics 2006”

Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, “30/30”

Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, California, “Ink and Clay 32”

2005

Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, Diverse Domain-Contemporary North American Ceramic Art”

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, “A Tale to Tell”

Wichita State University National Juried Clay Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas, “All About Love”

Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “Earth and Fire”

Danmarks Keramikmuseum - Grimmerhus, Denmark, “H.C. Andersen - Keramisk Poesi"

2004

Ceramic Biennial, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

The Ameen Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana

Sculpture Invitational, Mount Hood Community College, Portland, Oregon

2003

Sculptural Ceramics, Portland Advancement of Culture Project, Portland, Oregon

International Group Invitational, Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

Invited Ceramists Exhibition, year long, Governor's Mansion, Salem, Oregon

2002

Contemporary Ceramics of West Coast Artists, Santa Rosa Junior College, California

14 Artists and Mentors, Contemporary Craft Gallery and Museum, Portland, Oregon

Northwest Documenta, Salem Art Association, Salem, Oregon

Japanese, Korean, American Artist Exchange, Florida Atlantic U, Miami, Florida

Walbrzych Poland Porcelain Symposium Exhibition, Frechen, Germany

Permanent Collections

Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany
Museum Schloss Glücksburg, Römhild, Germany
Stiftung Moritzburg, Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, Germany
FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China
Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon
Hong-Ik University Ceramics Collection, Korea
International Ceramics Gallery, Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic
Kurashiki-City Cultural Center, Japan
Museum of Ceramic Art, Bechyné, Czech Republic
Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
Regional Museum of Walbrzych, Poland
Private collections

Symposiums, Residency

Resident Artist, Keramik Center-Berlin (Spring 2007)
Resident Artist, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark (Summer 05, Summer 07)
Resident Artist, Agency of Czech Ceramic Design, Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic (January 2004)
Resident Artist, Agency of Czech Ceramic Design, Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic (Fall 2001)
International Porcelain Symposium, Walbrzych, Poland (September 2001)
International Symposium Reunion, Bechyné, Czech Republic (August 2000)
18th International Symposium of Ceramics, Bechyné, Czech Republic (July 1998)

Grants, Awards and Fellowships

2010

Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship

2008

Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant

2007

Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland

Elected into the International Academy of Ceramics

2006

Third place, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA, “Clay?”

Honorable Mention, Ink and Clay Exhibition 32, Pomona, California

2005

Second Place, Wichita State University National Juried Clay Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas

2004

Faculty Research Grant, support traveling exhibition “Porcelain and Other Stories”

2003

Atkinson Research Grant, support for new sculpture within architectural spaces

2002

Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship

Atkinson Research Grant, support for large outdoor sculpture

Fulbright-Hays Sponsored Group Research Trip (retracing the Silk Road in China)