Congratulations to Heidi Schwegler, who has been named the Associate Chair of the Master in Fine Art in Applied Craft + Design Program, a partnership program of Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). A unique, joint MFA program, the Applied Craft + Design program is grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement.
Heidi has been an Associate Professor of Metals and General Studies with OCAC since 1998. She has led the first year graduate critique seminar for the Applied Craft + Design Program since 2011.
As an accomplished metalsmith, Heidi has progressively explored a wide range of media in her studio practice, and has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants, including a Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) Project Grant (2010, 2007); Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) Career Development Grant (2010, 2008); a Hallie Ford Fellowship (2010), and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2010). She was also a finalist for a 2012 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum. Her art residency resume includes the Anderson Ranch Art Center (June 2013), 18th St. Arts Center, Los Angeles (2011); Nes Residency, Iceland (2010), and the Beijing International Artist Platform (2010). She is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she earned an MFA in metals. She received BFA degrees in metals and art history from the University of Kansas.