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Shelley Heffler was born and raised in the Bronx. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she studied interior design, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. She graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Master’s degree in fine art followed by a teaching credential. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia photographing the lives of fascinating people and the rich cultural landscape they live in. On returning from her travels, she settled in Los Angeles where she taught ceramics and fine art for L.A. Unified for over 25 years. Additionally, she was an adjunct professor at Otis College of Art and Design, a Nationally Board Certified Professional Educator, and a mentor teacher. Her exhibition history includes the Los Angeles County Museum of Art rental gallery, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and group shows throughout the United States. Her work has been reviewed in the British magazine Hedge, Los Angeles Times, LA Independent, Daily News, San Diego Tribune and San Diego Art Review. She was nominated for the Awards for the Visual arts, and received a Fellowship from Funds for Teachers. Her paintings and photographs are in the collections of many collectors across the United States. Now retired from teaching, she is solely dedicated to her art practice in her studio located at Beacon Arts in Inglewood, California.

Heffler’s flourishing art practice is informed by a passion for maps which began as a young girl navigating the subways of NYC. Always viewing the world with wonder, she created an internal dialogue of her thoughts and feelings which made their way to an artistic voice. Primarily a painter who continues to be inspired by cartography as well as digital imagery from NASA, topography, and a deep concern for the interconnectedness of the world in terms of human values and experiences. Often, using a thick application of acrylic paint she covers her canvases with gestural brushwork creating richly layered surfaces that conceal and reveal the underlying history of paint application.The urge to morph some of her canvases into sculptural forms has a connection to pushing the boundaries of what is considered painting. There is always a question, what if? Many of her works focus on the shifting boundaries of land and land use.

"I create hybrid paintings confronting the unsettling engagement of human alterations to land and earth. I am inspired by science and ecological systems that represents an interconnectedness in the world we share." - SHELLEY HEFFLER
2015 Otis College of Art and Design
2014 Penland School of Crafts, Summer Session
1986 Master’s Degree in Fine Art, Cal State University Northridge, Honors
1984 BA Fine Art, Cal State University, Northridge, Magna Cum Laude
1972 AA Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Residencies, Publications, Awards and Special Projects
Residency- Buffalo Creek Art Center, Nevada
Blink Art Award 2018
Residency- 360 Xochi Quetzal Winter 2017
Fresh, SoLA Gallery, curators Peter Frank and Fatemeh Burnes, CA, Award 2017
Map It All Out page 84-85, writer; Melissa Scallan,
Urban Chalet Designs – Medical Building, Washington D.C. 2016
Bronze Award, Art Comes Alive, Art Ltd. Magazine 2015
International Contemporary Arts, Volume VIII, page 129 2014
Studio Visits Volume 30 2014
Funds for Teachers Fellowship, Penland School of Arts and Crafts, N. Carolina
Awards in the Visual Arts, nomination 1989
Solo Exhibitions
2018 Altered States, Art Depot Gallery, Fontana, CA
2017 Charting Conditions in the Anthropocene Era, Verde Valley Art Gallery
2017 Maps of the Imagination, Yavapai Gallery, Prescott, Arizona
Forming Matter, Matter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
#ENOUGH, Neutra Gallery,SCWCA members exhibition, CA
Art Comes Alive, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, OH
Coy, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA​
hard mud-soft threads,The Loft Gallery, San Pedro, CA
Social Icing, Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Color Perspectives: Differences Shine, Artfully Spaced Gallery, Inglewood, CA
Unfettered, Avenue 50 Gallery, Highland Park, CA
MMA- Women's Mixed Media Arts- Helms Gallery, Culver City, CA
Converge- Beacon's Art Building, CA
Gallery 825 Artists
Blink Catalog, ADC Gallery,

The Other Art Fair, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
The Non- Objective Moment, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Lonnie Lardner
Art Comes Alive, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, OH award
Altered States, Art depot Gallery, Fontana, CA solo show
Hecho a Mano, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Jillith Moniz
Fresh, SoLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Peter Frank and Fatima Burnes
33rd Annual Art Show, MOAH, Cedars, Lancaster, CA
Memories on Location, Keystone Gallery, curator Christine Rasmussen
Trappings, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Order from Chaos, La Gitano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
California Artists- Park Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice, Arena One Gallery, curator Jill Moniz, Los Angeles
Los Angeles: The Jealous Curator’s 5 Must See Artists At The Fair
​Special Projects
Kate Bryan '31 Women'
Award, ADC fine art​

Phenomena, Neutra Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Abstracted Badass, Shockboxx Project Gallery, El Segundo, CA
Charting Conditions in the Anthropocene Era, Verde Valley Art Gallery, AZ (catalog) solo
​Language of Memory and Maps of the Imagination, Shelley Heffler and Diane Silver, Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ
Post Supremitist, Balconi Gallery, curated by Kio Griffith, Los Angeles, CA
Fresh, SoLA Gallery, curators Peter Frank and Fatemeh Burnes, CA, Award
Abstract II, Beyond the Lines Gallery, Santa Monica,CA
Shelley Heffler: Selected Artworks, writer; Melissa Scallan, page 84-85
Shelley Heffler: Charting Conditions, a film by Eric Minh Swenson, May 2017
Pop Ellay, Online Art Magazine
Issuu “Trending: Contemporary Art Now!” Online Gallery
Melissa Scallan, Online Gallery
Special Projects
Winter 2017 Artist-in-Residence, 360 Xochi Quetzal
Permanent Collection, Inglewood Chamber of Commerce, Inglewood, CA

Hale Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Art and Earth, Berkeley Arts Council, West Virginia
Contemporary Women, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA
Dulcepalluza, 808 E. Pine Ave., El Segundo, CA
Garden of Earthly Delights, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Zero Down, Inglewood, CA
Out There, Gallery 825, curators William Escalera & Francisco George, Los Angeles,
Spectrum, BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Play, curator Scott Canty, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
CA 101, South Bay Contemporary, CITY, CA
Brand 44 Works on Paper, Annual National Juried Exhibition, juror Laddie John Dill, Los Angeles, CA
Touchstone, Art Transforming Trauma, A Window Between Worlds, CA
Artisan Series, Bombay Sapphire, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Santa Monica, CA
Inglewood Open Studios, Los Angeles, CA
MAS Attack, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
In the Studio, CAEA, Mission Viejo, CA
Art Start, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Orange, CA
Eclectic Expression, Santa Monica Studios, Santa Monica, CA
Perimeter Gallery, Art Share L.A., Los Angeles, A
CASA of Los Angeles, CA
Special Projects
Saatchiart Online Gallery

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