Heidi Howard

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Born1986 (age 37–38)
Queens, NY
CitizenshipUnited States

Heidi Howard (born 1986) is an American painter based in Queens, New York.[1]Howard is known primarily for her portraits and large scale wall paintings. She uses pattern, line, and small marks that combine together to create her portraits. Each portrait changes based on the sitter, and their surroundings and the interactions that Howard has with them.[2][1] Howard teaches at CUNY Hunter and Columbia University, and exhibits her work internationally.[3]

Early Life and Education

Howard was born and raised in Queens, NY. She is the daughter of sound artist Liz Phillips and composer Earl Howard. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MFA from Columbia University.[1]


Howards primarily paints portraits, painting, whenever possible with the sitter in the room. Her process and style change with each person, reflecting their color feelings, aesthetics, and images that emerge.[4] Her work has been noticed for its use of pattern and color as a striking departure from work of her contemporaries.[5]

In 2018, Howard collaborated with her mother, sound artist Liz Phillips on Relative Fields in a Garden, a large scale wall painting and sound installation in the atrium of the Queens Museum.[3] The installation combines Howard's vivid, gestural painting style with an interactive soundscape produced by Phillips.


Howard has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Continuo, Amersterdam, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY (2017, 2016, 2015), and Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA and Cologne, Germany (2019, 2018, 2017). She has participated in group exhibitions at numerous venues including W139, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2018), The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ (2017), James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (2016) and many more. She has been an artist in residence at the Rauschenberg Residency (2020), Palazzo Monti (2018), Byrdcliffe (2014) and the Vermont Studio Center (2011).[6][3]

Residencies and Awards

Howard has participated in various artist residencies, including the Rauschenberg Residency (2020), Carrizozo AIR (2019), Palazzo Monti (2018), and Byrdcliffe (2014). Most recently she served as artist-in-residence along with Esteban Cabeza de Baca at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Art, School of (November 4, 2020). "Artist-in-Residence: Heidi Howard | School of Art".
  2. Liebman, Kate (March 5, 2015). "HEIDI HOWARD". The Brooklyn Rail.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Alumna and Professor Heidi Howard '14 in Exhibition at Queens Museum". Columbia - School of the Arts.
  4. Art, School of (2020-11-04). "Artist-in-Residence: Heidi Howard | School of Art". Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  5. Liebman, Kate (2015-03-05). "HEIDI HOWARD". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  6. "ABOUT - HEIDI HOWARD". heidihoward.net.

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