Mary Heebner

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Mary Heebner
Mary Doretta Heebner

(1951-04-19) April 19, 1951 (age 67)
Los Angeles, California, United States
ResidenceSanta Barbara, California, United States
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1981, M.F.A. 1977)
OccupationArtist and author
Steven E. Craig (m. 1972)

Macduff Everton (m. 1989)

Mary Doretta Heebner (born April 19, 1951) is an American artist and author.

Early life and education[edit]

Heebner was born on April 19, 1951 in Los Angeles, California to Claire Lucille Menei and Walter Schussler Heebner.[1][2][3] Her father, Walter, was a professional musician, composer, and songwriter, then as an executive at RCA Records and Capitol Records.[2] Mary Heebner attended Providence High School, where Corita Kent and Daniel Berrigan made occasional contact.[4]

She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies and graduated with a B.A. in 1973.[5][6] She also received her M.F.A. from UC Santa Barbara in 1977.[6][7]


Heebner's work has been in both private and public collections including: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, the British Library, the New York Public Library, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Indiana University, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.[8][9][10]

She founded simplemente maria press in 1995, which produces limited edition artist's books that combine her paintings and writing.[9][11] Heebner has also created separate artist's books derived from her paintings based on the works of William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda and Clayton Eshleman.[12] HarperCollins published trade editions of two of Heebner's artist's books that paired her paintings with the poems of Pablo Neruda, which featured translations by Scottish writer Alastair Reid, printed in honor of the poet's 100th birthday.[13][14][15] The first book, On the Blue Shore of Silence, was followed in 2008 by a companion volume, Intimacies.[13][14][15]

Heebner has an abiding interest in antiquity. In 1995 she wrote and illustrated a monograph, Old Marks, New Marks,[16] with an essay by Carolyn Radlo, linking her practice to ancient mark making. In 1997 she was invited by the French minister of culture to visit the Lascaux cave, which has been closed to the public since 1963. This inspired a series of paintings and an artist's book, Scratching the Surface: a visit to Lascaux and Rouffignac, which prompted an invitation to revisit Lascaux. A visit to Angkor and Ayutthaya led to large installation pieces ("Bodhisattvas at Ayutthaya"[17][18] and "Ancient Presences"[19] and three artist books (Full Lotus, Bayon: Sketches from Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom,[20] and Silent Faces/Angkor[21]) and the series Geography of A Face: Khmer.[22] Repeated visits to Patagonia in Chile inspired a series of paintings and the subsequent artist book Unearthed.[23][24]

Heebner's interest in Classical sculpture influenced a series of large paintings including the Venus Paintings, exhibited in 2013, of which Dr. Bruce Robertson has written, "Heebner had miraculously rescued these sculptures from the museums she has seen them in and returned them to the world they came from, a world of change, accident, thick encrustations and vaporous atmosphere."[25]

Personal life[edit]

Heebner currently resides in Santa Barbara, California with photographer and husband Macduff Everton, whom she married in 1989.[4][8][26] She had previously married Steven E. Craig on March 11, 1972.[6][27] She has a daughter, Sienna Craig.[6][28]


  1. ^ "Mary Doretta Heebner". FamilySearch. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b McLellan, Dennis (February 27, 2002). "W. Heebner, 84; Revived Music of Piano Greats". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Walter Schussler Heebner". FamilySearch. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Palladino, D.J. (February 8–15, 2001). "The Loneliness of Place". Santa Barbara Independent. Santa Barbara, California. 15 (742). Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "New Show at UCSC Gallery". Santa Cruz Sentinel. 124 (257). Santa Cruz, California. November 1, 1979. p. 19. Retrieved March 19, 2015 – via open access
  6. ^ a b c d "Mary Heebner, CCS Art 1973". College of Creative Studies. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mary Heebner". University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "MARY HEEBNER biography". Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Mary Heebner: A Survey of Artist's Books from Simplemente Maria Press, and the Paintings that Inspired Them" (PDF). Chapman University. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "Dual Visions - Exploring Chilean Patagonia". Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  11. ^ Donelan, Charles (March 13, 2013). "Angkor Box". Santa Barbara Independent. Santa Barbara, California. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Donelan, Charles (May 8, 2008). "Mary Heebner's Hamlet". Santa Barbara Independent. Santa Barbara, California. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  13. ^ a b "On the Blue Shore of Silence". HarperCollins. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Intimacies". HarperCollins. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  15. ^ a b Jeno, Heather (November 13, 2008). "Mary Heebner's Intimacies: Poems of Love". Santa Barbara Independent. Santa Barbara, California. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Old marks, new marks / [Mary Heebner]. - Getty Research Institute [Alma]
  17. ^ Mary Heebner, "A Sense of Place," by Josef Woodard, pg. 15, ArtsScene, Santa Barbara News Press Aug. 1, 2003
  18. ^ Emotional Geography by Maureen Foley, pg.39, The Independent, July 10, 2003
  19. ^ "Review: 'Ancient Presences,'" by Joan Crowder, The Tribune, pg.H7, Nov. 3, 2002
  20. ^ Bayon: Sketches from Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom by [Simplemente Maria Press] Mary Heebner from Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC - Used Book - Signed
  21. ^ Dartmouth College Library /All
  22. ^ Figure Fragments at Channing Peake The Santa Barbara Independent
  23. ^ Unearthed / Mary Heebner. - SearchWorks (SUL)
  24. ^ Charles Donelan (April 5, 2011) "Mary Heebner and Dug Uyesaka", Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  25. ^ Bruce Robertson (essay) Mary Heebner The Venus Paintings, pg.7, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, 2013 ISBN 9780980096262
  26. ^ Forker, Jennifer (September 3, 2012). "Borrow creative ideas from artists to organize a craft or studio space at home". Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News. San Jose, California. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  27. ^ "Mary D Heebner". FamilySearch. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  28. ^ Schumacher, Mary (January 14, 2007). "Turning Sacred Pages". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 125 (60). Milwaukee, Wisconsin. p. 7E. Retrieved March 19, 2015.

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