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Contact: hms <at> heidischwegler <dot> com

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

Zoonosis, Asphodel, NYC 2019
Plane of Scattered Pasts, Upfor, OR 2019
On Gurgling, WBG London Projects 2018
Untranslated, Dust to Dust Projects, OR 2018
My Enemy, Asphodel, NYC 2017
Extinction Anxiety, Upfor Gallery, 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
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
‘Metal Today’, PCC Sylvania, Portland, OR 2007
‘The Pathological Record’ Savage Gallery, Portland, OR 2001

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019
I went to the desert, Outpost Projects, Yucca Valley, CA
How it Is, Asphodel, NYC
In Residence, Bullseye Projects, OR 
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 Shape Shifters, Nine Gallery, OR
2017
Process, Marjorie Barack Museum, UNLV (curator: Matthew Gardocki)
Self Destruct Mode, Private Places, Portland, OR
Functionally United, White Box, Portland, OR
2016
November's Bone, Halsey McKay Gallery, NY
'Uncommon Likeness: Identity in Flux', Sheldon Museum of Art, NE
Portland2016 Biennial, (curator: Michelle Grabner)
The Emotional Life of Objects, Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR
2015
Unfiltered Kilter, White Box, Portland, OR
Wrest, Gray Box, Portland, OR
Lunch, Soil Gallery, Seattle
2014
April Meetings Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Disjecta Gallery, Hat on Hook, Portland, OR (Curator: Summer Guthery)
Mas Attack, Torrance Art Museum, CA
Ulrich Museum, ‘Small Pleasures Gallery’, WSU, KS
2013
Hallie Ford Fellows Group Show, MoCC, Portland, OR
‘Funhouse’, University of Arkansas, Little Rock AK
‘Canon Fodder’, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Sheppard Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno
Shaw Gallery, Weber State, Ogden, UT
‘Sludge’, Alexander Gallery, Clackamas Community College, OR
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’ 2010 ‘Floating Gravel’, Platform China, Beijing
‘Transubstantial’, Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
‘Hold’, Disjecta, Portland, OR solo
2009
Call + Response, MoCC Portland, OR
The Store, curated by John Brodie, Portland, OR
The Grid, Milepost 5, Portland, OR
FLEXfest 2009. ‘Utopia Sighs’, Gainesville, FL
2008
Artist in Resident Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR
PDX Film Festival, ‘Utopia Sighs’, Portland, OR
2006
Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005
‘Beyond the Body: NW Jewelers at Play’, Tacoma Art Museum, WA 2005
‘First Person’, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
‘This is not a memorial’, Ziba Design, Portland, OR
‘Sensuous Matter’, June FitzPatrick Gallery, MCA, Portland, ME
2004
‘Word of Mouth’, Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
‘Artist in Resident Show’, Hoffman Gallery, OCAC, Portland, OR
Scope Art, represented by Lyonswier Packer, New York, NY
‘Devilish, Decadent, Delicious’, University of Akron, Akron, OH
‘Passing Resemblance’, Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
‘The Aesthetics of Science’, Linfield College, Portland, OR
2002
‘Lost and Found’, Savage Gallery, Portland, OR
‘Metals Invitational’, Slocumb Galleries, Eastern Tennessee State, TN
‘Metalsmiths of the Western States’, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, MSU, MT
Northwest Documenta I, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR
‘Material Explorations’, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 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 a MacDowell Colony Fellowships in the Visual Arts. She was artist-in-residence at MacDowell Colony, Pilchuk, Yaddo, Anderson Ranch 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 divides her time between Portland, OR and Yucca Valley, CA where is is co-founder of the Yucca Valley Material Lab.

Her sculptural work is in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum, currently on view in the Hoffman Galleries of the Northwest Art wing.

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