Posted on April 15, 2014
On Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m., internationally acclaimed artist, Edgar Heap of Birds, will lecture about his work. Immediately following the lecture, there will be a book signing of Heap of Birds’ book from the 2007 Venice Biennial, and a DVD will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the School of Art, the American Indian Studies Program, the American Indian Student Council and the Multi-Cultural Center.
Heap of Birds received his Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1979, his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas in 1976, and has undertaken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art in London, England. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008.
The artist has exhibited his works at The Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; National Museum of the American Indian; Smithsonian Institution, New York, New York; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Documenta, Kassal, Germany; Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland; University Art Museum, Berkeley, California; Association for Visual Arts Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; Lewallen Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Hong Kong Art Center, China; Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia; Grand Palais, Paris, France; and the Venice Biennale, Italy.
He has served as visiting lecturer in London, England; Western Samoa; Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand; Johannesburg, South Africa; Barcelona, Spain; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Norrkoping, Sweden; Hararre, Zimbabwe; Verona, Italy; Adelaide, Australia; and India.
Heap of Birds has taught as Visiting Professor at Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town. Professor Heap of Birds has taught in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma since 1988. His seminars explore issues of the contemporary artist on local, national, and international levels.