Artist Curriculum Vitae


Claira Heitzenrater  |    c. 814.952.9161
visual artist                  e.
                                      a. 18 w Weber Ave, Dubois PA 15801

Current Occupation

             2016-   Youth & Arts 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   (Upcoming Solo Exhibition) Clinton County Council for the Arts
                         Lock Haven, PA (September 2018)
                         (Upcoming Solo ExhibitionBrockway Center for Arts and Technology
                         Brockway, PA (October 2018)

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

Selected Group Exhibitions 

             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   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   Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (2015 - current)
                         Pittsburgh, PA

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

             2010   Art Department Walk-Through Committee
                         IUP | Indiana, 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

             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


            2018    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

             2018   Introduction to Abstraction (Summer 2018)
                         Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center | Dubois, PA
                         Drawing & Painting Teaching Artist (Upcoming 2018)
                         Brockway Center for Arts and Technology | Brockway, PA

             2016   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 and Proficiencies 

             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
             Mac and Windows Operating Systems