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Burkart, Heather

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Heather Burkart, a practicing and teaching artist, was born and raised in the city of Chicago. She was exposed to the visual arts and creative writing from an early age through programming provided by Chicago Public Schools arts partnerships and private schooling in music and dance as well. After finishing her high school education with a visual arts emphasis at The Latin School of Chicago she began art school at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. She eventually returned to Chicago and completed her Bachelors in Fine Art degree and obtained a teaching certificate in art (K-12) in 2000 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In the past, she worked as an independent art instructor for Pros Arts Studio and Family Programs at the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, she is Director of The Chicago Arts District and coordinates events such as The Annual Artists' Open House. She co-founded and was co-director of gallery sixfourfive (2001 - 2003,)an artist-run space committed to providing exhibition opportunities to emerging urban artists.
She remains fairly active in the East Pilsen alternative gallery scene through pro bono development and public relation work for local galleries.


I have always been a keen observer (day dreamer) and so IIve become ector of visual matter. My mindds eye scans over the urban landscape and selectively isolates a form or grouping of forms and sees it purely as an aesthetical entity. Many of these end up in my drawings and paintings, taken out of its context and abstracted.

Most of the work that I do involves mixed media: found or recycled objects and domestic supplies. I mostly paint but I also find satisfaction in redefining objects by integrating materials that had no prior relationship to each other. Aesthetical choices are based on intuition and sometimes faded memories. Ordinary objects become extraordinary by applying unconventional habits.

Discarded wood scraps are the core for my paintings and drawings. They bring something to the artwork that a clean white canvas cannot.

I consider the painted drawings as personal vignettes or landscapes. They are inspired by the alignment or juxtaposition of natural and manmade structures found both within and outside city limits.

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