Heather Hart

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Heather Hart
Born (1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 41)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Rutgers University
Known for Performance Multimedia Social Practice Collage

Heather Hart is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including interactive and participatory installation, drawing, collage, and painting.[1] Hart was born in Seattle, and currently lives and works in New York. She completed her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, studied at Princeton University in New Jersey and received an MFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Hart's work has been exhibited worldwide including Brooklyn Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, Real Art Ways, 92YTribeca, Jersey City Museum, NYU Galleries, 2B Gallery in Budapest, Rush Arts Gallery, Portland Art Center, Soil Art Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Islip Art Museum, Museum of Art and Craft in Japan, and Art in General. She has collaborated in pieces by Pablo Helguera and Raphael Ortiz. Her work has been included in exhibitions curated by Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas.

Hart has been an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Santa Fe Art Institute, Franconia Sculpture Park, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency in New Orleans, the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, Whitney Independent Study Program. She received awards from Socrates Sculpture Park as part of their Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2006, from New York Foundation of the Arts for their NYFA Fellowship in 2009, a Jerome Travel Grant in 2011, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2013.

Hart’s work appears in Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows 2007,[2] The Field Guide to the Rather Round Table, Neo-Constructivism: Art, Architecture and Activism,[3] The Feminine Mystique: Contemporary Artists Respond,[4] and EAF06. Heather is also co-founder of the Black Lunch Table, a radical archiving project, which was awarded a 2016 Emerging Fields Grant from Creative Capital.


Daughter of a carpenter, Hart uses architectural forms mixed with family and oral histories, multiple narratives, and participatory engagements as integral components in much of her creative work.[5] Hart’s Rooftop Oracles, a series of life-size rooftops, which look as though they were dropped from the sky or emerging from the ground, offer viewers an interactive experience as they climb onto and under the structures. In 2012 her sculptural installation, The Eastern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, was presented at the Brooklyn Museum as part of their “Raw/Cooked” series.[6][7][8]

The Black Lunch Table is an ongoing project created by Hart and her collaborator Jina Valentine. The project, which started in 2005 when both Hart and Valentine were artists in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, provides a format where participants can come together to consider contemporary issues of race, archiving, and the under representation of minority artists in the art historical canon, often taking on the form of Wikipedia edit-a-thons.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Art Springs Eternal & Eastward". Art Market Monitor. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  2. ^ Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows 2007
  3. ^ Neo-Constructivism: Art, Architecture and Activism
  4. ^ The Feminine Mystique: Contemporary Artists Respond
  5. ^ Graves, Jen. "Fabricating Belief". The Stranger. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  6. ^ "Artist raises the roof in art exhibit". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  7. ^ "Heather Hart, The Eastern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  8. ^ "At the Brooklyn Museum, You're the 'Oracle'". The Local - Fort-Greene Blog. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  9. ^ Jene-Fagon, Olivia. "Why Are All the Black Artists Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?". Artsy. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  10. ^ Delia, Sarah. "Artist Heather Hart Brings 'Radical Archiving' To Charlotte". wfae.org. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 

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