Mary Heebner
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born: April 19, l951
Los Angeles, California (USA)

Central to Mary Heebner's practice is her interest in the numinous qualities of the physical world and their expression in cultural and natural forms. The artist's inquisitive practice draws upon art of the ancient world and from sketches and notations made, often while traveling on assignments. The interpretative license of her work remains grounded, however, in a cultivated alertness to the distinct mythology, geology, archaeology, art, language and stories from each locale she explores. Skilled at the art of papermaking, Heebner incorporates her unique interpretation of antiquities,landforms, maps, and water forms to create sensuous abstract compositions. The artist uncovers a spiritual beauty in the earth and its history, and strives to capture, and in some ways re-create, the warmth and wonder its relics hold. Heebner has distinguished herself as an abstract artist, published writer and book artist, and her pieces are held in numerous esteemed public and private collections. In addition to her fine art practice, Heebner has editioned seventeen fine art press books under the imprint simplemente maria press, (est. 1995), two additional trade publications that pair her paintings alongside Pablo Neruda's poetry, and she has collaborated on three books with photographer, Macduff Everton on the landscapes of Patagonia, Chile, the American West, and Santa Barbara, California.

EDUCATION
1977 M.F.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, California

                       Sponsor: William Dole
1973 B.A., College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
                       
Instructors: Masami Kanemitsu, Paul Wonner, Gerard Haggerty

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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ARTIST BOOKS

ARTIST BOOK REPRESENTATION
Joshua Heller Rare Books, Washington, DC
Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, Birmingham, Alabama
simplemente maria press, Santa Barbara, California

BOOKS, MEDIA & MAGAZINE PUBLICATIONS

TEACHING, ADVISORY, & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS & AWARDS

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY