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mcpherson.jpgHeather McPherson

Assistant Professor
Department of Art

Contact Information:

Service Building, Room 101


M.F.A. - Rhode Island School of Design

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Professor McPherson's Website

Biographical Information:

Heather McPherson received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and her BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006.

"I am interested in history and its ghosts. In my work there is both an earnest expression of grief--a kind of mourning for history-- as well as a wink to the viewer, an acknowledgement of the absurdity that piggybacks onto any investigation of death. Currently I am working on a series of paintings in response to H. W. Janson's seminal text The History of Art-- I am looking specifically at an early edition of this text that reveals dated cataloging strategies and reproduction technologies. I'm considering not only the so-called facts of historical objects but how these artifacts are reanimated by the present, ontologically changed in the ways they are understood and displayed in contemporary life. A part of my work always is the consideration of painting itself, including its particular history and its role in the context of contemporary artmaking."


                                                                                                              -Professor McPherson


Courses Taught:


Painting I - V
Painting Thesis
Senior Seminar in Studio Art


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