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RESUME

EDUCATION
Masters of Art - University of Louisville
Major - Ceramics
Minor - English and Art History
Bachelor of Art - Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Double Major - Printmaking and Ceramics
Minor - Art History

EXPERIENCE IN CERAMICS
Studio Potter - 1981 - present
Production of a line of porcelain marketed nationally and regionally
Workshops in porcelain throughout the U. S.

PUBLICATIONS
SELECTED BOOKS
21st Century Ceramics in the United States, & Canada - Bill Hunt - 2003
The Art of Contemporary American Pottery - Kevin Hluch - 2001
The Ceramic Spectrum - Revised - Robin Hopper - 2001
The Contemporary Potter - Gustin & Fina - 2000
Functional Pottery - Robin Hopper - 2000
Pottery Tour of Kentucky -Joe Molinaro - 2000
The Best of Pottery - Fairbanks & Fina - 1999
Contemporary Porcelain - Peter Lane - 1995

SELECTED MAGAZINES
The Lane Report - "Gwen Heffner Receives Rude Osolnik Award" - 2008
Home & Away - "A Bachelor of Arts" - 2005
American Style - "Beyond Southern Belles" - 2001
Ceramics Monthly - "Wood and Salt Fired Ceramics" - 2001
Arts Across Kentucky - "Glazed and Confused" - 2000
American Craft Magazine - "Gwen Heffner" - 1999
Ceramics Monthly - "Gwen Heffner - Retrospective Review" - 1998
American Style - "Blue Ribbon Crafts in Bluegrass Country" - 1998
Ceramics Monthly - "Gwen Heffner" - 1995
American Craft Magazine - "Gwen Heffner - Gallery Review" - 1995
Ceramics Monthly - "Gwen Heffner's Porcelain" - 1995
Ceramics Monthly - "Gwen Heffner" - February & December issues - 1994
American Craft Magazine - "Gwen Heffner: New Works" - 1994
Studio Potter - "Kentucky Potters" - 1987
Ceramics Monthly - articles published - 1986 - 1984 - 1983

GRANTS AND AWARDS
Rude Osolnik Award - Kentucky Arts Council and Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft - 2008
Al Smith Fellowship - Kentucky Arts Council - Award to Individual artists - 2000
Early Times Scholarship - Brown Forman Corporation - 2000
Kentucky Foundation for Women - Individual Artist Grant - 2000
Kentucky Arts Council - Project Grant - 2000
Ohio Craft Museum - "Woodster Functional Ceramics Award" - 1999
Kentucky Arts Council - TIP Grant to Artists - 1999
Ohio Craft Museum - "Ceramics Monthly Purchase Award" - 1999
Early Times Scholarship - Brown Forman Corporation - 1994

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
American Museum of Ceramic Arts - Pomona, CA
Appalachian Regional Commission Offices - Washington D.C.
Ceramics Monthly Permanent Collection - OH
Luther College - Permanent Collection - IA
Ohio Craft Museum - OH
Schein-Joseph International Ceramics Museum -Roger Corsaw Collection - Alfred University, NY
University of Louisville - Permanent Collection - KY

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SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Functional Ceramics Invitational - Wayne Center for the Arts - OH - 2009
Kentucky Visions - Kentucky Arts Council - Capitol Rotunda - 2009
Uncommon Wealth - Owensboro Museum of Art - KY - 2008
Kentucky Clay - NCECA Juried Exhibit - Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft - Louisville - 2007
Bourbon Bottles - NCECA Invitational Exhibit - Louisville Stoneware - KY - 2007
Re-Wedged - NCECA Exhibit - University of Louisville Alumni Exhibition - 2007
Southern Highland Guild 75th Anniversary Exhibition - Arrowmont School of Crafts - 2005
Kentucky Masters - College of Mt. St. Joseph - OH - 2005
21st Century Ceramics: U.S. and Canada - Columbus College of Art & Design - OH - 2004
Teapots - Ferrin Gallery - 2004
New Traditions: Southern Highland Craft Guild - N.C.- 2003
Bottled Spirits - National Invitational - Kentucky Museum of Arts & Crafts - Louisville - KY - 2003
Best of 2002 - Ohio Craft Museum - 2002
Kentucky Women Artists: 1850-2000 - Owensboro Museum of Art - KY - (catalog) - 2001
The Hand Held Cup - Odyssey Center for the Arts - Asheville - N.C. - 2001
Spotlight 2001 - ACC Southeast - Arrowmont School of Crafts - 2001
Southern Women of Influence - Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft - KY - 2001
A Celebration of Tea - One Woman Exhibition - Appalachian Fireside Gallery - 2001
Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt - Ohio Craft Museum and Southern Highland Craft Guild - 2001 - 2000
National Porcelain Invitational - Lill Stret Gallery - Chicago - 2000
Best of 1999 - Ohio Craft Museum - 1999
Kentucky Clay - Invitational - Lill Street Gallery - Chicago - 1999
Spotlight 97 - Hickory Museum - N.C. - 1997
National Teapots Invitational - Craft Alliance - St. Louis - 1995
Functional Ceramics 1974-1994 - 20 Year Retrospective - College of Wooster - OH - 1994

SELECTED PORCELAIN WORKSHOPS
Functional Ceramics Workshops - "Porcelain and Promotion" - 2009
Centre College - KY - "Low Relief Carving on Porcelain" - 2002
Centre College - Throwing with Porcelain" - KY - 2000
Crafts Guild of Cincinnati/The Clay Alliance - "Porcelain, Promotion of Artists and Gallery" - workshop and lecture - OH - 2000
University of Louisville - "Off the Round" - workshop and lecture - KY - 1997
John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown, N.C. - Week long Workshops - 1986-1996

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE ARTS
KENTUCKY ARTISAN CENTER AT BEREA - 2003 - present
Information Specialist - Curator
Directing all Promotion, Programming and Curating of Exhibits

GALLERY OWNER - Contemporary Artifacts Gallery - Berea, Kentucky - 1992 - 2003
Representing over 300 artists from all over the U. S.
Curating of 40 exhibitions - national and juried

INDEPENDENT CURATOR - SEE CURATOR PAGE

PROFESSIONAL ARTS CONSULTANT
Kentucky Foundation for Women - Grant panelist - 2008 and 2006
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network - Arts Consultant - Strategic Planning, Promotion, Programming 2000 - present
Ohio Arts Council - Grant panelist - 2005
Southern Highland Craft Guild - Board of Trustees - 2003-2004
Kentucky Arts Council - Site Consultant for Community Development Grants - 2003
Berea Children's Center - Board of Directors - Secretary - 2001-2004
Kentucky Arts Council - Grant panelist - Individual artists - Arts organizations - 2002 and 1993
Kentucky Arts Council - START Conference Coach - 2002
Kentucky Craft Marketing/Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft - Selection Committee - Rude Osolnik Award - 2002 and 2001
Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft - Artist Advisory Board - 1994 - present
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen - Board of Trustees - Secretary - 1983-1986

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SELECTED WORKSHOPS - LECTURES
Functional Ceramics Workshop - "Artist Promotions/Virtual and Literal" - OH - 2009
Hocking College/Ohio Designer Craftsmen - "The Business of Art" - workshop presenter - OH - 2007
Sullivan University - "Re-Inventing Your Art and Crafts Business" - KY - 2007
Sinclair College - "Appalachian Women in the Arts" - panelist - Dayton, OH - 2005
The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center - "Artists and Galleries - The Real Relationship" - OH - 2004
Bennett Art Center - "The Artist's Self-Critique" - KY - 2003
Riverbend Arts Center - "Approaching Galleries" - OH - 2002
University of Louisville - "Empolyee Management in Crafts" - KY - 2001
Ohio University - "Life After Graduate School" - Ceramics Graduate Program - OH - 2000
Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center - "Art, Artists & Retailing" - Emerging Artists Conference - OH - 2000

JUROR
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Francisco Farm Arts Festival - Awards Judge - KY - 2007
Woodland Art Fair - Juror and Awards Judge - KY - 2005 and 2002
Columbus Street Fair - Awards Judge - OH - 2004
Headley Whitney Museum - "Handles and Spouts" - Juror and Awards Judge - KY - 2002
Ohio Designer Craftsmen Fairs - "Winterfair" - Juror and Awards Judge - OH - 2001
Tennessee Association of Crafts Artists - Juror - TN - 1994
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen - Standards Committee - Juror - KY - 1981-1983

ORGANIZATIONS
American Craft Council
Appalachian Fireside Crafts - 65 Member Crafts Co-Op - (juried since 2001)
C.O.D.A. - Craft Organizations Development Association
Ohio Designer Craftsmen - Life Member
N.C.E.C.A. - National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts
Southern Highland Craft Guild - (juried since 1984)

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