HEATHER RIGBY MFA Interdisciplinary Artist
289-314-3587 hrighby5@icloud.com | www.heatherrigbyartist.com
 
ARTIST’S STATEMENT
Heather Rigby is an interdisciplinary installation artist working in the interstice between environment, culture and art. Her work connects the geography of the land with the collective imagination of the local and extended communities by means of site-specific installations and social media. 
 
Based in Claremont, Ontario, Heather gained her Master’s degree in Visual Art with further research in Cultural/Environmental Studies, at York University. Her more unconventional explorations include studies at Dai Towku Ji Monastery in Kyoto, Japan and investigations into eastern philosophies in Sikkim and Tibet. Her current art making explores the power of symbol through land art (including large-scale field drawings), videography and installation. Her teaching career has ranged from Colleges and Universities in Ontario and Nunavut. She has exhibited her work in Canada and Italy. 
 
CURRICULUM VITAE
Current Project  
2018
Outdoor Independent Installation
The Bee Project a landing pad for wild and cultivated bees (Preliminary stage)
Teaching in Xo Ki’in -Unesco Biosphere Reserve Puta Allen, Mexico - Feb. 28 - March 6th
 
Recent Exhibitions   
2017
Durham Reach -Robert McLauglin Gallery 2017 Group Exhibition
Two Lips Touching - Video/Steel/Marble - Catalogue
Completion of Graphic / North Pickering Farms  (32”x40”)
- Land Over Landings
2016
Latchum Gallery Group Juried Exhibition: Equanimity (Acrylic) 36”x40”
2015
Landslide: possible futures _ Markham Museum
Curated by Janine Marschenault 2015
Temple of Beans: garden muse (steel/heritage beans) Catalogue (PUBLIC)
Tribute: breathing voices Mon Ton Gallery, Toronto 2015 Sealskin Megaphone
2014
Farm To Table  (curated by Janet Reid) Markham Museum | Catalogue
Harvest Table with 12 placemats  Wood/12 Duratron Photographs/Lightbox
2014
Outdoor Independent Installation
The Dinner Plate Project- 3 Acre Drawing of a No Fly Zone Symbol / Pickering
2013
Ontario Society of Artists, Sculpture: Snake Spade / Group Exhibition (Cast Iron)
2012
Outdoor Independent Installation
The Dinner Plate Project - Field Performance/Installation / Pickering 
2010 
Outdoor Independent Installation
The Dinner Plate Project - Field Performance/Installation / Pickering (Pilot)
Studio Gennai, Pisa, Italy
The Forest for the Trees-, Photograph of Living Landscape: Group Exhibition
Museo Nuova Era, Bari, Italy
The Forest for the Trees-, Photograph of Living Landscape: Group Exhibition
2007
Outdoor Independent Installation
Living Landscape- Installation -centre of 2 acre field 
Two-walled Room on 3’ risers-
2001
Routes of Exchange, Pekao Gallery, Thesis Installation Toronto 
1991
Gateway, Frobisher Bay, Iqaluit, N.W.T. - Sculpture (Steel/Seaweed in Bay)
 
Publications/Catalogues
2017
Durham Reach -Robert McLaughlin Gallery 2017 Group Exhibition: 
Two Lips Touching - Video/Steel/Marble
2016
OAK RIDGES MORAINE FROM ABOVE William Lishman, Parker, Pad and Printing Ltd. 
2015
Landslide: possible futures _ Markham Museum
Curated by Janine Marschenault / Public / Catalogue / 254 pg.
2014
Farm To Table  - Installation
Curated by Janet Reid /  Markham Museum - Catalogue
 
Conferences
2014
“Art and Activism”  Powerpoint Presentation/Lecture: 
Food Secure Canada Conference - ”Re-Setting the Table”
Ryerson Institute of Technology 
(Document available upon request) 
2001
The Body as Landscape in Digital Reality
University of Coventry, England
 
Video Works
PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS
 
Teaching Experience
2002-2004
COURSE DIRECTOR, CO-TEACHING, TEACHING ASSISTANT | York University,
Faculty of Envornmental Studies  / Atkinson College / Faculty of Fine Art, 
1999 – 2001
LECTURING ARTIST | University of Waterloo, Faculty of Architecture 
1997 -1999
COURSE DIRECTOR - CLAY SCULPTURE, DRAWING | Arctic College, Iqaluit, Nunavut
1999-2001
INTELLECTUAL ISSUES IN THE STUDIO, T.A. SCULPTURE, DRAWING COURSE DIRECTOR | York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Toronto
1985 – 1990
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – STAGE DESIGN/PUPPETRY | Toronto Waldorf School, Toronto
ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM - VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR | Ontario Arts Council, Toronto | 
 
Education
York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Ph.D. Candidate
York University, Faculty of Fine Art, Department of Visual Art, Masters of Fine Arts M.F.A.
Ontario College of Art, Toronto 
Dai-Touku-Ji Monastery, Kyoto, Japan