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Artist: Heidi McKay


Heidi McKay
Heidi McKay, IOWA
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Heidi McKay is a ceramic artist living and working in Iowa City. She creates functional objects from porcelain that feature playful design elements, animals, and vibrant colors. She earned a BFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University, and MA and MFA degrees from The University of Iowa. After teaching at Kansas State University, McKay returned to Iowa City to open her pop-up shop: Heidi McKay Designs, a local line of one of a kind functional pottery and jewelry items perfect for bringing joy to everyday routines and experiences.

EDUCATION

M.F.A. The University of Iowa, 2011

M.A. The University of Iowa, 2010

B.F.A. The Ohio State University, 2002


JURIED/INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2018

The Clay Cup IV: Icon, Vessel, Canvas. George Caleb Bingham Gallery,
University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. Juried by Ayumi Horie.

Give and Take. Public Space One. Iowa City, IA. Exhibitor and curator.

2013

We Met in Iowa: Recent Work by Graduates and Faculty of the University of Iowa Ceramics Department. Exhibited at Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kansas, and Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.

2012

Clay? IV. Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, Washington. Juried by Doug Jeck, Akio Takamori, and Jamie Walker.

Small Favors. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2011

New Work, two person exhibition at The Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL. Juried by The Quad Cities Arts Council, Davenport, IA. May-June, 2011.

NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition. The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2010

The Seventh Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Reflections on Motherhood, an MFA Thesis Exhibition. Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA.

2010 The Animals She Becomes. The Armature Gallery, Iowa City, IA.


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011

The University of Iowa 2011 MFA Graduates Exhibition. Market-Dubuque Space, Iowa City, IA.

2010

New Work: Iowa MFAs. Market-Dubuque Space, Iowa City, IA.

A Body in Transition, two person exhibition. The Armature Gallery, Iowa City, IA.

The University of Iowa Center for The Book Spring Open Exhibition. Iowa City, IA.

The University of Iowa MA group Exhibition. Market-Dubuque Space, Iowa City, IA.

CLAYperView. Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA.

Story of She: Copulation and Medication, two person exhibition. Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA.

2009

Hot Dogs for FEMA. Market-Dubuque Space, Iowa City, IA.

The University of Iowa Graduate Ceramics Exhibition. Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA.

Activation: 3D Interactions. Market-Dubuque Space, Iowa City, IA.

New Work: Iowa MFAs. Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA.


POP-UP SHOWS AND AUCTIONS

2019

Sweet 16 Exhibition and Auction. Public Space One, Iowa City, IA.

2018

Local Art House Pop-Up, Iowa City, IA.

Dear Future Art Exhibition and Auction. Public Space One, Iowa City, IA.

2017

Local Holiday Pop-Up, Iowa City, IA.

Public Space One Pop-Up, Iowa City, IA.

Brick and Mortar Pop-Up, Iowa City, IA.

Sloppy Late Night Pop-Up. Double Dragon, Portland, OR.


AWARDS

2011

Glen Nelson Award, The University of Iowa Ceramics Department.

2009

The University of Iowa Research Fellowship


PUBLICATIONS

2018

Iowa City Press-Citizen, September 2018: Artist Moms from Iowa City and Beyond Cope,
Thrive with Kids in Studios. An interview, article and images featuring the exhibition: Give
and Take.

2011

Ceramics Monthly Magazine, September, 2011: featured images and article citation from the 2011 NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition, images of work in exhibition.

Reflections on Motherhood, thesis submitted in conjunction with M.F.A. degree In Studio Art, The University of Iowa.


TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017- Present

Heidi McKay Designs, Owner and Operator, Iowa City, IA.

Public Space One, Gallery Team Member, Iowa City, IA.

2017

Give and Take Roundtable, Guest Panel Artist, Iowa City, IA.

2015-2016

Adjunct Instructor of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

2013

Guest Juror, The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA.

2008 – 2011

Instructor of Record, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

2007-2008

High School Art and Seminar Teacher, Scattergood Friends School, West Branch, IA.

Ceramics Technician, Scattergood Friends School, West Branch, IA

2007

Kiln Design and Construction, Scattergood Friends School, West Branch, IA.

2006-2007

Studio Artist, Red Bridge Pottery, Troy, OH.

2003-2007

Owner/operator, Red Bridge Pottery, Troy, OH.

2003

Studio and Kiln Construction, Red Bridge Pottery, Troy, OH.




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