So I have historically been terrible at maintaining this section of my website. Sharing my accomplishments and talking about my work in a personal way are two things that have always made me uncomfortable. I find it much easier for me to write about what I'm making in a detached, academic way, almost as if they were made by someone else. It's vulnerable showing my personality and experiences online, it feels different to have people reject you than your work and there are so many stereotypes about self-obsessed millennials performing their lives on social media I don't want to play into.
But I think it's time for me to finally get over that.
I'm realizing it's important to be more open and offer more of myself when asking people to engage seriously with my art. The fact is my art has taken me, metaphorically and literally, to some amazing places, and sharing that can people understand my work on a deeper level and help other artists as we pool our collective knowledge to figure out how to make this lifestyle work. Not only do I want to commit to posting regularly on this blog about studio and career updates, I also will be going back and retroactively writing posts detailing my experiences at art residencies, and sharing more process documentation for past and ongoing bodies of work. I will have these tagged and organized so they can be easily searchable for artists looking for more information residencies, or techniques.
My goal is to post at least once a month with studio updates, hopefully more often in the coming months as I play catch up writing entries about the past few years.
Nearby- Faraway opens in Bratislava tomorrow night at Gallery SVU, featuring a couple of my Migrant Maps dealing with the displacement of Syrian Refugees. It will be on display until June 26.
I recently received a Braunschweig Projects International Artist Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. From December 2016 to November 2017 I will participate in an Artist in Residence at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts, in Braunschweig, Germany, culminating in an exhibition at the end of the year. I am so excited to get to work in this big, beautiful studio in an old warehouse on the outskirts of town.
The city center is super charming and it's been a lot of fun to explore.
One of my Migrant Map series will be featured in the 19th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. It will be on display from 8/12 - 9/10/2016.
I'm excited to be showing my work in Bratislava for the first time as part of the group exhibition "Inšpirácia papierom III" at Galeria X.
I am excited to announce have a piece in Prescriptions, a bookart show at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury, UK. The show runs from April 21- August 4, 2016. Afterwards my book will become part of the University of Kent's Artist's Books and the Medical Humanities Collection.
In a little more than month I will be moving to Vienna, Austria for a Fulbright Scholarship in Installation Art.
There will definitely be more updates to follow, but here is a copy of the abstract from my application:
I will be researching and collecting data sets on the globes and maps at the Globe Museum that will then be translated into conceptual maps and globes based on a visual system I develop. I will be taking classes in the Art and Science Master Program at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna to learn about data visualization and receive feedback, while also collaborating with the alternative project space Kulturdrogerie to involve the community.
Here are some installation photos of my MFA work, "Institute for the Study of Fabulatory Epistemology and Fantasy Football".
open April 24-May 13, 2015,
SAIC's Sullivan Galleries
37 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL.
This piece with be in the show "The Longest Distance Between Two Places", curated by Ashley Eliza Williams at Hyperlink Gallery in Chicago.
Heather Beardsley is an American visual artist. In 2016-2017 she was awarded an International Artist Scholarship by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Germany. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fibers and Material Studies in 2015. She has exhibited work throughout the United States and Europe, as well as the UK, Austria, Germany, and Slovakia.