Artist Curriculum Vitae


Claira Heitzenrater  |    c. 814.952.9161
visual artist                  e.
educator                      a. 300 Linden Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15215

Current Occupation

             2016-   Youth, Arts & Events Coordinator | Painting Instructor/Teaching Artist
                          Brockway Center for Arts and Technology | Brockway, PA

Gallery Representation

             2016   Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center (September 2016-January 2018)
                         Dubois, PA 


             2016   MFA Painting, Edinboro University (EU) | Edinboro, PA
                         Printmaking Minor, Summa Cum Laude

             2012   BFA Studio Art, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) | Indiana, PA
                         Primary Studio Focus: Painting; Drawing and Art History Minors, Cum Laude

             2009   Art Education, Penn State University (PSU) | Dubois/State College, PA
                         Transferred to IUP in Spring 2009

Solo Exhibitions

             2018   Memento Mori
                         Station Gallery, Clinton County Council for the Arts | Lock Haven, PA (September 2018)
                         Bonne Nuit
                         Brockway Center for Arts and Technology | Brockway, PA (October 2018)

             2016   Chasing the Ghost (MFA THESIS EXHIBITION)
                         PACA Art Gallery | Erie, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions 

            2019 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Juried Exhibition
Cultural Trust Building | Pittsburgh, PA

 2017   Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Juried Exhibition
                         Cultural Trust Building | Pittsburgh, PA
                         A Legacy of Observation
                         Crary Art Gallery | Warren, PA

             2016   Laurel Festival Art & Photo Show
                         United Methodist Church | Brockville, PA
                         LUX Gala & Benefit
                         LUX Center for the Arts | Lincoln, NE
                         New Artist Reception
                         Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center | Dubois, PA

             2015   West North South 314
                         Annex Gallery (IUP) | Indiana, PA
                         EU Annual Art Department Spring Show
                         (Juror, Darren Lee Miller) Bruce Gallery (EU) | Edinboro, PA
                         Junk IV
                         Graffiti Gallery | Oil City, PA
                         Chimera XIII
                         Erie Art Museum | Erie, PA

             2014   MFA Candidacy Exhibition
                         Bates Gallery (EU) | Edinboro, PA
                         Chimera XII
                         Erie Art Museum | Erie, PA

             2013   MFA Student Show
                         StARTup Incubator | Edinboro, PA

             2012   Oh, Snap!
                         Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History | Pittsburgh, PA
                         BFA Student Show
                         Kipp & Annex Galleries (IUP) | Indiana, PA

             2011   Press Draw
                         L.S. Hoffman Gallery | Munhall, PA

             2010   Annex Gallery Grand Opening (Figurative Exhibition)
                         Annex Gallery (IUP) | Indiana, PA

Commissions of Note

             2012   Student Counseling Center Collaborative Mural
                         IUP | Indiana, PA

Organizations, Committees & Panels Served

             2018   Project Manager
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology: Noah’s Art Sensory Garden Project | Dubois Central Catholic Elementary School | Dubois, PA
Interim Vice President (January - June, 2018)
                         Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center Board of Directors | Dubois, PA

             2017   Marketing Committee Chair (2017-18)
                         Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center | Dubois, PA
                         Board Member (2017-18)
                         Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center Board of Directors | Dubois, PA
                         Panelist, Entry Track Grant Application Panel
                         Pennsylvania Council on the Arts | Harrisburg, PA

             2015   Artist Member (2015 - current)
                         Associated Artists of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA

             2013   Graduate Art Association (Secretary 2013-14, President 2014-15, Vice President 2015-16)
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2009   Student Member (Vice President 2011-12, President 2012)
                         Student Art Association (IUP) | Indiana, PA

             2008   National Art Education Association (2007-08)
                         Penn State University (PSU) | Dubois/State College, PA

Curatorial/Coordinator Experience

             2018 Event Planner, Artisan Christmas Village
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology | Brockway, PA

2015   Juror
                         EU/IUP Graduate Exchange Exhibition | Edinboro, PA

             2014   Visiting Artist Coordinator for artist Greely Myatt
                         Graduate Art Association (EU) | Edinboro, PA

             2012   Miller Gallery Coordinator
                         IUP | Indiana, PA
                         Visiting Artist Coordinator for artists Emily Burns and Christopher Beckman
                         Student Art Association (IUP) | Indiana, PA

Lectures & Workshops

2016   Beyond the Photo Painting Workshop
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2015   GASP (Graduate Art Student Presentations)
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2012   The Socialization of Identity Formation
                         Undergraduate Scholars Forum (IUP) | Indiana, PA


            2019 Create! Magazine
Issue 13 | International

2018   IUP Magazine (Indiana University Magazine)
Alumni Spotlight | Indiana, PA 
BORO Mag (Edinboro University Magazine)
Alumni Spotlight | Edinboro, PA
A Finger in the Hornet's Nest
                         Cover Artist, Red Flag Poetry | Indiana PA

             2017   Studio Visit Magazine
                         Summer 2017 | International
                         Post Card Artist (4/15/17)
                         Red Flag Poetry | Indiana, PA
                         Artist of the Month Interview | Winkler Gallery Blog
                         Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center | Dubois, PA
                         Shop Talk, Volume 7; AUTHOR Credit for "Nudge, Wiggle and Push: An Interview with Erik Neff"
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2016   Edinboro University Graduate Spotlight
                         EU | Edinboro, PA
                         The Bridge Literary Arts Review
                         Oil City, PA
                         Chimera XIII: A Journal of Literature and Art
                         EU | Edinboro, PA
                         Hyperallergic: A View from the Easel
                | Web
                        Fresh Paint Magazine
                         Issue 11 | International
                         Fresh Paint Magazine Studio Visit
                | Web

             2015   Chimera XII: A Journal of Literature and Art
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2014   The Spectator: Best of Bates
                         EU | Edinboro, PA


             2016   Vermont Studio Center Merit and Work Study Award
                         Vermont Studio Center | Johnson, VT
                         Residency (July)
                         Vermont Studio Center | Johnson VT
                         Residency (October)
                         Spark Box Studio | Picton, Ontario

             2015   Burke Graduate Distinguished Painting Award
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2013   Graduate Assistantship & Tuition Waver (Full; 2013-16)
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

Professional/Teaching Experience

             2016   Drawing & Painting Teaching Artist | Pre-K-12 + Adult (2016-Current)
                         Brockway Center for Arts and Technology | Brockway, PA

                Beyond the Photo Painting Workshop
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2015   Art Department Tour Guide
                         EU | Edinboro, PA
                         Graduate Assistant, Bruce Gallery Attendant (2015-16; Supervisor Justus Cotterill)
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2014   Graduate Assistant, Art History (2014-15; Supervisor Dr. Charlotte Wellman)
                         EU | Edinboro, PA
                         Graduate Assistant, Painting (2013-15; Supervisor Rachael Burke)
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2013   Graduate Assistant, Woodworking Studio Attendant & Shop Technician (2013-14; Supervisor Karen Ernst)
                         EU | Edinboro, PA

             2012   Secretary's Assistant (Art Department)
                         IUP | Indiana, PA

             2011   Michaels' Arts and Crafts (Demo Leader, Certified Custom Frame Specialist 2011-2016)
                         Indiana, PA

Technical Skills, Proficiencies & Certifications

             Traditional & experimental painting (Oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, impasto)
             All drawing Media
             Various printmaking techniques (silkscreen, dry etching in zinc/copper plate and plexiglass, intaglio, xerox transfer, cyanotype, linoleum & wood block)
             Experience in jewelry/metalsmithing and ceramic techniques

             Adobe Suite
             Microsoft Office | Office 365
             Mac and Windows Operating Systems
Proficient in the use of 21st Century Classroom Technology

Certified in Mandated Reporting, Sexual Violence & Child Abuse Training, Active Shooter Training (All current)
Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
Pennsylvania State Police & Federal Criminal Background Check