Heather Whittlesey


A feminist artist with no strings attached

Heather Whittlesey
hkwhittlesey@hotmail.com
www.heatherwhittlesey.com



Education

Iowa State University, Ames IA                                                                                                                            May 2015
M.F.A. in Integrated Visual Studies                                                                                                                      GPA: 3.49

Central College, Pella IA                                                                                                                                      May 2010
B.A.  Fine Art                                                                                                                                                       GPA: 3.37

                                                                                               
Experience


Graduate Assistantship
Sculptural Ceramics                                                                                                                                 
Iowa State University, Ames, IA                                                                                                                  Sept. 2013-May 2015

Instruct introductory-level sculptural ceramics at the college level.
Coordinate lesson plans to fit into a 16 week course.
Communicate efficiently and effectively in an advanced ceramics environment.
Lead large group demonstrations of new techniques and processes.
Coach students on expanding their communication abilities, craft and utilizing creative brainstorming processes.
Practice problem solving skills with students to address a variety of factors in their projects.
Encourage students to participate in critiques and apply newly learned skills and ideas to their projects.
Employ flexibility with learning styles and cultural differences.
Implement new curriculum and projects for incoming classes.
Maintain operating functions of studio.


 
Studio Assistant
Glassblowing
Tesuque Glassworks, Santa Fe, NM                                                                                                          June 2012 – August 2013

Work on a team of 8-10 artists creating cast glass works for a Master artist.
Organize tours and major sales for the gallery.
Maintain operating function of gallery and studio.
Lead large public speaking demonstrations of glassblowing.
Professional development in my own body of work.


 
Art Instructor
Sculpture and Ceramics
Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA                                                                                                        2011- 2012, 2013-2015

Design and implement lesson plans for a variety of classes.
Teach kids ages 5-17 sculpture and ceramics.

Create syllabi from 2 day workshops to 6 week classes.

Implement a wide variety of hand building/ wheel techniques.

Maintain studio inventory.

                                                      


Organization Treasurer                                                                                      

Iowa State University Gaffers’ Guild-Glassblowing                                                                                             

Iowa State University, Ames, IA                                                                                                                      May 2011 - June 2012

Study and apply spending and filing guidelines for Campus Organization Accounting Office.
Recording all income/expenses of the club.
Organizing and submitting folders of original itemized receipts and expense reports.
Budgeting projects and maintenance provisions, and submit plans to executive council and community members to be processed.
Maintain work schedules for projects and maintenance.
Keeping an accurate calendar of community participation.
Lead social events and workshops.
Record inventory and purchase tools, accessories and supplies to keep glassblowing studio operable.
Organize, document and deposit money from quarterly sales and trimester dues.
Actively engage participation from club members during monthly meetings.
Manage payroll for teachers and reimbursement forms for students and vendors.
Public speaking role in meetings reporting/advertising activities on a month to month basis.
Maintain correspondence with executive council and communicating with
members about concerns and needs.

                                                                                                                          


Gallery Intern
Installation Assistant
Mills Gallery, Central College, Pella, IA                                                                                                         January 2010 - May 2010

Work with visiting artists to install shows.
Compile artist applications to be critiqued and judged for contract with Mills Gallery.   
Create advertising material for individual artists and set up receptions.                  




Solo Exhibitions

2016       "Endorphins" Des Moines Social Club, Downtown Des Moines, IA Feb 1-29 Installation exhibit (mixed media)

2015       “Tensegrity”  Design on Main Gallery, Ames, IA April 14-April 25 2015 MFA thesis exhibition. (installation, sculpture, and ceramics)

Group Exhibitions

2016         "Art Terrarium  Art Pop Up Show" Kaleidoscope at the Hub, Des Moines, IA June 23-24 2016

2015          "Art Vacancy: Free Floating"  River Project, Ames, IA, Sept 5 2015"

                 “Biorenewables Art Competiton”  Biorenewables Research Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, IA April 22 2015-                  April 22 2016  (sculpture)
                 “Chimera”  Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA April 17-May 17th 2015 (sculpture and mixed media painting)
                 “Re-imaging Gender” University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Ann Arbor, MI Jan 15-                   June 26 2015 (mixed media painting)
                 “Containment: Lidded Forms” University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC Feb 26th-April 9 2015 (sculpture)
 
2014       “Studies in Creativity” Memorial Union Gallery, Iowa State University, Ames, IA Oct-Nov 2014 (sculpture)

 
2012       “Focus”  Pioneer Room, Memorial Union Gallery, Iowa State University, Ames, IA March-April 2012 (sculpture)

 

2013       “Biorenewables Art Competiton”  Biorenewables Research Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, IA April 22 2012-April                            

                 22nd (sculpture)

 

2011       “43rd CLAY FIBER PAPER GLASS METAL WOOD” Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA Jan-23-April 4 2011 (mixed media                            

                 painting)



               “Studies in Creativity” Memorial Union Gallery, Iowa State University, Ames, IA Oct-Nov 2011 (sculpture)

 

2010      “Gyanomorphisms” Mills Gallery, Central College, Pella, IA, April 9-April 20 2010 BA exhibition (installation)

 

Awards and Grants

 

Best in Show, Biorenewables Art Competition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2015

 

Honorable Mention, Studies in Creativity, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2014

 

Best in Show, Biorenewables Art Competition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2012

 

Focus Grant, Focus Show, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2012

 

Best in Show, Studies in Creativity, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2010

 

Governor’s Show, Youth Art Month, Iowa Historical Building, Des Moines, IA 2007