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PHOTO BY SCOTT TEBEAU

Contact: hms <at> heidischwegler <dot> com



Selected Solo / Two Person Exhibitions
Existential Action Thriller, Northview Gallery, PCC, Portland, OR, 2024
Who is afraid of matter, Monte Vista Projects, LA, 2023
In Praise of Fragmentation, Scalehouse Collaborative for the Arts, Bend, OR, 2023
Future Ruins, Heidi Schwegler and Ofir Klemperer, The End Project Space, Atlanta, GA 2022
Benign Neglect, Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX 2021
Fugitive Bits, Mark Moore Fine Art Gallery, Artsy 2021
Zoonosis, Asphodel, NYC 2019
Plane of Scattered Pasts, Upfor, Portland, OR 2019
On Gurgling, WBG London Projects 2018
Untranslated, Dust to Dust Projects, Portland, OR 2018
My Enemy, Asphodel, NYC 2017
Extinction Anxiety, Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR 2017
Botched Execution: 2004 – 2015 ArtGym, Portland, OR 2015
Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR 2014
‘Grayout’, Fairbanks Gallery, OSU, Corvallis, OR 2013
‘The Known World’, Chambers Gallery, Portland, OR 2012
‘Hold’, Disjecta, Portland, OR
Hallie Ford Museum Study Gallery, Salem, OR 2009
‘Antistatic’, Autzen Gallery, PSU, Portland, OR 2008
‘Utopia Sighs’, Tilt Gallery and Project Space, Portland, OR 2007
‘The Pathological Record’ Savage Gallery, Portland, OR 2001

Selected Group Exhibitions
2025
Just Playin’ Around, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland, OR
2024
Women Take the Walls, Garrette Museum of Art, Garrett, IN
Bombay Beach Biennale, Salton Sea, CA
2023
Heat Haze, Gravy Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
2022
Commonly Uncommon, Center for Contemporary Art and Craft, Portland, OR
The Machine Gunneress in a State of Grace, New Discretions, Foreland, NY
2021
Four, Gray Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX
Looking West: A Survey of Art on the Left Coast, Mark Moore Fine Art, Artsy
Remote Residue, Doppler Projects, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA
2019

How it Is, Asphodel, NYC
2018
The Future Has No Presence, Asphodel, NYC
Teeth and Consequence, Private Places, Portland, OR
Artist in Residence Group Show, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
Group show from the collection, Portland Art Museum
2018 Bellevue Art Museum Biennial, Bellevue, WA
2017
Process, Marjorie Barack Museum, UNLV (curator: Matthew Gardocki)
Self Destruct Mode, Private Places, Portland, OR
2016
November's Bone, Halsey McKay Gallery, NY
'Uncommon Likeness: Identity in Flux', Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
Portland2016 Biennial, (curator: Michelle Grabner)
2015
Unfiltered Kilter, White Box, Portland, OR
Lunch, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014
April Meetings Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Disjecta Gallery, Hat on Hook, Portland, OR (Curator: Summer Guthery)
Mas Attack, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Ulrich Museum, ‘Small Pleasures Gallery’, WSU, Wichita, KS
2013
‘Funhouse’, University of Arkansas, Little Rock AK
‘Canon Fodder’, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Hallie Ford Fellows Traveling Group Show: Sheppard Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Shaw Gallery, Weber State, Ogden, UT
2012
Co/Lab Art Fair, Tilt Export, LA ‘Rematerialized’, NMSU Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
Video Spotlight, Todd James Gallery, Provincetown Intl Film Festival, MA
2011
‘Imposter’, RAID Projects, LA 2011
’75 Gifts for 75 Years’, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
‘Connecting’, Chambers Gallery, Portland, OR
2010
Portland2010 Biennial, ‘Swimming Through Nitroglycerin’, Portland, OR
‘Floating Gravel’, Platform China, Beijing
‘Transubstantial’, Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009
Call + Response, MoCC Portland, OR
FLEXfest 2009. ‘Utopia Sighs’, Gainesville, FL
2008
PDX Film Festival, ‘Utopia Sighs’, Portland, OR
2006
Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005
‘Beyond the Body’, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
‘First Person’, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
‘Sensuous Matter’, June FitzPatrick Gallery, MCA, Portland, ME
2004
‘Word of Mouth’, Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
Scope Art, represented by Lyonswier Packer, New York, NY
‘Devilish, Decadent, Delicious’, University of Akron, Akron, OH
‘The Aesthetics of Science’, Linfield College, Portland, OR
2002
‘Lost and Found’, Savage Gallery, Portland, OR
‘Metalsmiths of the Western States’, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, MSU, Bozeman, MT
Northwest Documenta I, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR
‘Material Explorations’, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
‘Transmutations:, UTEP, El Paso, TX
2001
‘Contemporary Metalsmiths’, OSU, Stillwater, OK
‘The Pathological Record’ Lyonsweir Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000
PDX Window Box, Portland, OR
Exhibition in Motion’ SNAG Conference, Boston, MA


Heidi Schwegler explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. Drawn to the peripheral ruin, she deftly incorporates found objects with traditional craft and sculpture media. “When [an object] is no longer contextualized by function and ownership, the discarded thing's anonymity and ambiguity render it pervious to the imagination,” she says, approaching such things as a source of investigation. “I consider its formal qualities as raw material – but a very particular raw material that is both new and an indicator of past use, past value and past purpose.”

Schwegler’s accolades include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, Hallie Ford Fellowship and two MacDowell Fellowships in the Visual Arts. She was artist-in-residence at MacDowell, VCCA, Yaddo, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 18th St Arts Center and Bullseye Glass Company, among others. Notable exhibitions of her work include the 2018 Bellevue Art Museum Biennial, Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Michelle Grabner and presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; her 10-year retrospective, Botched Execution, at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, OR and the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, NE. Schwegler holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and MFA from the University of Oregon. She is based in Yucca Valley, CA where is the founding director of Yucca Valley Material Lab.

Her sculptural work is in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum, Schneider Museum of ArtCrocker Museum and the Hallie Ford Museum