Heidi Schwegler works in the interstitial ruins of Beijing, Los Angeles, New York City and suburban America.
She rescues haphazardly disused scraps from the bowels of the megalopolis: chicken bones, Big Gulps, broken signs, lost shoes, crumpled pylons, take out containers. Plastic, fiber, and bone: these materials decay but never decompose. A peerless craftsperson, she resynthesizes her sources into facsimiles with cast glass, gold, silver, wax, resulting in artwork that persists in a “living death.”

Recent exhibition venues include WBG London Projects (London), Asphodel (New York), Sheldon Museum (Lincoln, NE), and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon). Schwegler is a Ford Family Fellow, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a Yaddo Artist-in-Resident. Reviews of Schwegler’s work have appeared in Art in America, Daily Serving, ArtNews, Modern Painters, and the Huffington Post. She is represented by Upfor Gallery (Portland, Oregon) and Asphodel (New York).

Schwegler is the founder of the Yucca Valley Material Lab, a platform for making and thinking.


GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Upfor, 929 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209, upforgallery.com
Asphodel, 20 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, asphodel.us


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Zoonosis, Asphodel, New York, NY
2019 Plane of Scattered Pasts, Upfor, Portland, OR
2018 On Gurgling, WBG London Projects
2018 Untranslated, Dust to Dust Projects, Portland, OR
2017 My Enemy, Asphodel, New York, NY
2017 Extinction Anxiety, Upfor, Portland, OR
2016 Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art
Center, Hazen Hardware Building, Clatskanie, OR (curator Michelle Grabner)
2015 Botched Execution: 2004 – 2015, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
2015 Personal Effects, White Box, Portland, OR
2014 Visibility Near Zero, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR (curator Erika Lepmann)
2013 Grayout, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2012 The Known World, Chambers@916 Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Hold, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR
2010 Swimming Through Nitroglycerin, Portland 2010: A Biennial of Contemporary Art presented by
Disjecta Contemporary Art, Alicia Blue Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Slipping Underwater, Hallie Ford Museum Study Gallery, Salem, OR
2008 Antistatic, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2007 Utopia Sighs, TILT Gallery and Project Space, Portland, OR
2007 Metal Today, PCC Sylvania, Portland, OR
2005 This is not a memorial, Ziba Design, Portland, OR
2004 Passing Resemblance, Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
2004 The Aesthetics of Science, Linfield College, Portland, OR
2001 The Pathological Record, Savage Gallery, Portland, OR

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 The Future Has No Presence, Asphodel, NY
2018 Teeth and Consequences, Private Places, Portland, OR
2017 Functionally United, White Box, Portland, OR
2017 Self Destruct Mode, Private Places, Portland, OR
2017 Process, Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2017 Nasty Women, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
2016 November’s Bone, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2016 Uncommon Likeness: Identity in Flux, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
2016 Emotional Life of Objects, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 Unfiltered Kilter: MFA Alumni Exhibition, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, OR
2015 Lunch: SOIL is a walled garden, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 April Meetings Film Festival, Studentski kulturni centar, Belgrade, Serbia (c. Insa Evans)
2014 Hat on Hook, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR (c. Summer Guthery)
2014 MAS Attack 6, Torrance Art Museum, CA
2014 Hallie Ford Fellows Group Show, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
2014 Small Pleasures, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
2013 We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
(traveled to: Sheppard Fine Art Gallery, Reno, NV; Shaw Gallery, Ogden, UT)
2013 FuN HoUSe, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AK
2013 Canon Fodder, Third Street Gallery, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
2013 Sludge, Alexander Gallery, Clackamah Community College, Oregon City (with Jason Loeffler)
2012 Co/Lab Art Fair, TILT Export, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Rematerialized, NMSU Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
2012 Video Spotlight, Todd James Gallery, Provincetown International Film Festival, MA
2011 Imposter, TILT Export at RAID Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2011 75 Gifts for 75 Years, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
2011 Connecting, Chambers@916 Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Floating Gravel, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
2010 Transubstantial, Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 Call + Response, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
2009 FLEXfest, Hippodrome State Theater, Gainesville, FL
2008 PDX Film Festival, Portland, OR
2006 Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005 Beyond the Body, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2005 First Person, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
2004 Sensuous Matter, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2004 Devilish, Decadent, Delicious, University of Akron, Akron, OH
2002 Lost and Found, Savage Gallery, Portland, OR
2002 Metals Invitational, Slocumb Galleries, Eastern Tennessee State, Johnson City, TN
2002 Metalsmiths of the Western States, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, MT
2002 Northwest Documenta I, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR
2002 Material Explorations, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Intitute, Utica, NY
2001 Transmutations, UTEP, El Paso, TX
2001 Contemporary Metalsmiths, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
2001 The Pathological Record, Lyons-Wier Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Window Box, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2000 Exhibition in Motion, SNAG Conference, Boston, MA
1999 Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
1999 Pacific Standard Time, Miami University of Ohio, Miami, OH

GRANTS/HONORS
2018 Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission + Hallie Ford Foundation, Salem, OR
2018 Artist Lecture, American Embassy, Beijing
2018 Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR
2018 Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Hallie Ford Foundation, Salem, OR
2017 Klaus Moje Award, Portland, OR
2016 Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
2016 Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
2015 Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR
2014 Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
2013 Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
2014 Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR
2012 Finalist, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2010 Hallie Ford Fellowship, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR
2010 Fellowship, The McDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2010 Artist Fellowship and Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
2010 Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR
2007 Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR
2001 Finalist, Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

SELECTED RESIDENCIES
2019 Virginia Center for Creative Arts
2018 MacDowell Colony, NH
2018 Red Gate, Beijing
2016 Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY
2015 Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, OR
2014 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2013 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2011 18th St Arts Center, LA
2010 Platform China, Beijing
2010 MacDowell Colony, NH
2010 NES Artist Residency, Iceland





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