Gwen Heffner
Women of Iron - Ashville Art Museum

Curatorial Statement

As a gallery owner for 13 years my love of curatorial work blossomed. I found artists from all around the country whose works had been over-looked by others, or had not yet been recognized for their ingenuity. In my selections I look for quality - in design, execution, idea, and innovative use of materials. I am always listening for that clear creative voice.

I have recently noted that my career has come full circle - and that all things seem connected. I am now asked to jury the same shows where I once sold my own work, or I am asked to give lectures on clay, porcelain, marketing, promotion, and all the other aspects of life one must master when making a living as an artist.

Independent Curator

Curator, Kentucky Artisan Center
Women of Influence: Celebrating the Year of the Woman
Cut in Stone: Works by Kentucky Sculptors
The Art of the Book: 45 Years of Larkspur Press

International Exhibit of Scratchboard Art
Innovators: Stephen Rolfe Powell & Arturo Alonzo Sandoval

Great Impressions: Works by Kentucky Printmakers - 2018
225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky History - 2017

Figure It: Forms of Human Expression - Ohio Craft Museum - 2014
Governor's Derby Exhibit - Kentucky Arts Council - 2014
Bluegrass Biennal Morehead State Univeristy - 2010
Best of Louisville Clay - Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft - 2009
Dinnerworks - Louisville Visual Art Assn. - 2008
Connections: We Are all One - Society of Layerists in Multi-media - 2007
Best of 2006 - Ohio Craft Museum and Mansfield Art Center - 2006
Below the River: The Legacy of Kentucky Folk Art - Ohio Craft Museum - 2005
The Test of Time - Southern Highland Craft Guild - 2001 - catalog written
Southern Women of Influence - Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft - 2001
Clay, Wood, Fire, Salt - National Invitational - Ohio Craft Museum, 2001 and Southern Highland Craft Guild, 2000
Contemporary Folk Art - Appalachian Center for Crafts - 1998
Tell Me a Story: Makers From Appalachia - Ohio Craft Muesum - 1998 - catalog written
Women of Iron - Asheville Art Museum, 1998 and Ohio Craft Museum, 1998

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
As Curator and Information Specialist at the Kentucky Artisan Center, I develop, design, install and promote 4-5 gallery exhibits each year. I direct all agency public and media relations, handle the agency’s social media and website, photograph and document all events and create both print and digital graphics for the Center. I direct weekly Artisan demonstrations, special workshops and oversee 3 yearly artisan reviews. All of these responsibilities serve to promote the Center and the over 850 Kentucky artists it represents.