curriculum vitae

Rebecca L. Heavner

College of Arts & Media
Department of Visual Arts
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 177, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
rebecca.heavner@ucdenver.edu

Education

2012M.L.A. Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado, Denver,
1985B.F.A Communication Arts and Design, illustration emphasis, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professional Experience

2012-presentInstructor, illustration emphasis, Visual Arts, College of Art and Media, University of Colorado, Denver
illustrator, designer, Urban Acuity, L.L.C., Denver, Colorado, Projects include: Public Art installation, Visualizations and Landscape Design consulting for Colorado based architects and landscape architects,(Chroma Design LLC, Coors Field, Jose Cuervo and Rio Grande Restaurants)
2012-2014Chroma Design, landscape architecture, landscape designer/freelance
1985-2012Leister/Heavner Illustrations, illustrator, Clients include: Fortune 500 corporate and many national editorial magazines; specializing in packaging and advertising illustrations
2011(May-Sept)Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, design intern
2011-2012adjunct lecturer, consultant, illustration emphasis, Visual Arts, College of Art and Media, University of Colorado, Denver

Solo Exhibitions

2016Spatial Models, Center for Faculty Development, Center of Faculty Development, 14th and Lawrence Street, University of Colorado, Denver through the fall of 2017.
1998Becky Heavner, Gallery 233-ONE, Alexandria, VA
Illustrations, 929 Gallery, Baltimore MD
1997The Art of Illustration, Barry Gallery, Marymount University, Arlington VA

Exhibitions

2020Woman on an island, Illustration, “Woman on an Island,” mixed media on watercolor paper, originally commissioned by MS Magazine, exhibited in “I cannot heave my heart into my mouth” CU Denver Faculty Show, Emmanuel Gallery, Jan-Feb 2020
2018“Agatha Bela Christie,”Saks Galleries,
Cultivation, Installation, “Evolutionary Birds,” Republic Plaza, Denver, Co. papier mache and Japanese paper, variable dimensions to 20″, curated by Andra Archer
2015Flex-it, San Diego, Flex-it, My Body My Temple: one day installation event on March 21, 2015 at the Jacobs Center in San Diego. Collaboration with Bryan Leister.
2014My Body My Temple, Collaboration:FLEX IT! My Body My Temple, Augmented Reality Game and Sculptural Installation | Parthenon Museum, Nashville TN
Traversal, sculpture, Walker Fine Art, Denver CO
2013One Three Dimensional Chair Process, Augmented Reality Sculpture, Redline Gallery, Denver, CO
DAVA Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, CO “Urban Earth” exhibition of landscape architecture drawings
2010VCT, Art Gallery Montgomery College, MD “The Art of the Label”
2009Redline Gallery, Denver, CO, “Digital Scandinavia, Interactive Pillow”
2006Marlborough Gallery, Prince Georges County Invitational
2005The Ice House Gallery, Berkeley Springs, WVA
2000VCT Art Gallery Montgomery College “Women in Illustration”
1999Pennsylvania School of Art and Design
1995Invitational, The White House, The Rose Garden, Washington DC, “75th Anniversary of the Women’s Bureau Poster Exhibition”
1994Torpedo Factory Arts, Alexandria, VA

Honors and Awards

2019CAM Innovation Grant, “Harvesting Ornament: Methods for Aligning Landscape with Character” Writing and Illustration Project, This funding allowed me to hire Madalyn Drewno, a recent B.F.A. graduate in illustration. Thank you to the College of Art and Media at CU Denver!
2018Travel award: Decriminalising Ornament* : The Pleasures of Pattern The 9th International Illustration Research Symposium Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, to present paper, “Harvesting Ornament: Methods for Aligning Landscape with Character“
2016Travel Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, to present paper,”The Agency of Landscape and Metaphor in Conceptual Illustration,” The 7th International Illustration Research/ Journal of Illustration Symposium, Edinburgh College of Art
Travel Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, to attend ICON 9, Austin, Texas
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Practices Related to Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, College of Art and Media, CU Denver, (Nomination and award for work in the illustration program.)
2011American Society of Landscape Architecture, Award of Honor
1989Silver Medal, Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, 40th Annual Show and Exhibition, Baltimore Sun Magazine

Juried Art

2015IndeCade Gaming Festival to showcase independent game concept
2009Annual Show, Illustrators Club of Metropolitan Washington, Maryland, Washington D.C.
2008Annual Show, Illustrators Club of Metropolitan Washington, Maryland, Washington D.C.
Annual Show, Colorado Illustrators Annual Show, Denver, CO
Bepo Mini, “Time”, Toronto, Canada
Best New H&B Product, Natural Foods Expo East, One With Nature Package Design
2007American Graphic Design Award, One With Nature Package Brand Mark
2006Gallery 233-ONE, Alexandria, VA,Invitational Mayor’s Show, Alexandria Virginia
ICON Roadshow Exhibition
Annual Exhibition,The Illustrator’s Club of Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC
2005How “Self Promotion Annual”
Annual Exhibition, The Illustrator’s Club of Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Art Institute of Washington”
2004Annual Exhibition,The Illustrator’s Club of Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC,
2002World Wide Web Health Awards
2000Best of Show Award, North Carolina regional ADDY
51 Annual Exhibitions Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington
1999Print Regional Design Annual
1995Print Regional Design Annual
1994Communication Arts Illustration Annual
45 Annual Exhibitions Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington
199344 Annual Exhibitions Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington
1992AIGA 50: Third Biennial Design Exhibition
Communication Arts Illustration Annual
Print Regional Design Annual
Society of Illustrators, NY
1991Communication Arts Illustration Annual
AIGA Annual Exhibition, Washington DC
Print Regional Design Annual
199040 Annual Exhibitions Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington
AIGA Annual Exhibition, Washington DC
198939 Annual Exhibitions Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington
American Illustration 8: Illustration Annual
Print Regional Design Annual
198829 Society of Illustrators, Museum of American Illustration in New York
198737 Annual Exhibitions Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington
Society of Newspaper Designers Award
1986Society of Newspaper Designers Award

Animation and Motion

2018Lynx Camp
2011Animation: shade structure, fountain or indoor installation.
2007Animation for dance performance, “In Hiding,” Gunston Theatre One, Arlington, VA
2007Animation for dance performance, “In Hiding,” The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

Interviews

2009Interview,“Digital Scandinavia” Modern in Denver fall issue
2002Elan Magazine artist feature
1998Interview,”Becky Heavner: A Washington Original”, Half Bleed Magazine, ADCMW
1996Interview,”Sharing a Studio”, Half Bleed Magazine, ADCMW
1990Interview, “New Illustrators”,Sketches, Illustrator’s Club of Metropolitan Washington

Lectures and Presentations

2018PEO, Lecture on 2D Design, Denver, Colorado

2014

Parthenon, Centennial Park, Nashville,TN,“My Body: My Temple An Augmented Reality Design Process
2013DAVA Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, “Urban Earth” lecture on illustration and design
2007American University, Washington D.C., illustration techniques
1998A career in illustration, Marymount University, Arlington VA
1997Virginia Commonwealth University, lecture
1996Illustration, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria VA
1995Running a Freelance Illustration Business, Marymount University, Arlington VA
1994The Art of Promotion, The Illustrators Club of Washington, Washington DC
The art of illustration, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
Workshop: Creating an illustration for assignment
1993Workshop: Mixed Media demonstration, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
1992Illustration Lecture, The Corcoran School of Art

Other Scholarly Activities

2019“A Companion to Illustration: Art and Theory”, author, “Chapter 2: Conceptual Illustration: Framework and Methodologies” p. 47
2018Paper presentation, “Harvesting Ornament: Methods for Aligning Landscape with Character,” Conference: Decriminalising Ornament : The Pleasures of Pattern Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus,
Denver Immersive Summit, Attended Denver Immersive Summit/Year 0
CU Denver, BFA Thesis Installation, 2018,
Tyrus Wong Film + Discussion, Auraria Library,
2016“The Agency of Landscape and Metaphor in Conceptual Illustration”, Paper presentation:”The Agency of Landscape and Metaphor in Conceptual Illustration” Shaping the View: Understanding Landscape through Illustration 7th International Illustration Research/ Journal of Illustration Symposium Edinburgh College of Art
CELA Review Committee, CELA 2017 Abstract/Paper Review Committee. Topic: Communication & Visualization
CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Visualization and Communication abstract reviewer. CELA’s intent is to publish a peer-reviewed, thematically organized conference proceedings, Landscape Research Record.
2012Original books made for Michael Vergason, University of Virgina, installation, A collection of his Drawings,
2016co-author with Joern Langhorst, presentation of peer-reviewed paper, “Places, Thick and Thin: On the Agency of Virtual and Augmented Reality,” Communicating Speculative and Creative Thinking, Design Communications Association Biennial Conference, Montana State University
2015CU Business School, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, panelist/speaker,”Ethics in the Arts”
2014-2012College of Art and Media Curriculum Consultant, Illustration Emphasis Area
2014CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, abstract reviewer, Visualization and Communication
CU Denver Travel Grant, to present peer-reviewed paper,”My Body: My Temple, an Augmented Reality Design Process,” Design Communications Association, Atlanta, GA
2013College of Art and Media Illustration Exhibition, co-curator
UCD Travel Grant, to attend ICON 8, Illustration Conference, 2014
CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, panelist, “Digital Divide,” Austin, Texas
CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, abstract and full paper reviewer, Visualization and Communication
2012CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, peer-reviewed paper, and graduate thesis, “Digital Poucháde: Design Thinking and the Influence of Media on Landscape Architecture”
Guest Design Critic, Landscape Architecture Studio, University of Colorado, Denver, visiting Professor, joni m. palmer,PhD

Teaching Activities

2020Student Exhibition, NXT Stage Gallery”From the Pages of Peter Pan”,
2018“Illustration Expo 2” NXT Stage Gallery, CU Denver Illustration Student Show,
Redline Gallery, “Reality Bytes” BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) Student Animations,
Denver Nature + Science Drawing Session,
2017“Illustration Expo,” NXT Stage Gallery, CU Denver Illustration Student Show,
2013Plein Air: Animated Field Books Class Development,

2019-2012

College of Arts and Media, CU Denver-guest critic; faculty review; senior thesis installation mentor
2018-2019Advisor for student application, Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP)
2018Advisor for Denver Silent Film Festival
2018Supernova Festival
2017Supernova Festival
2016Advisor, Artworks Guild; Denver Silent Film Festival
2016Advisor, College and Art and Media, Chalk Art Festival
2015Advisor for student applications, Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP)
2015Advisor, Illustration Guild
2014co-curator, Illustration Emphasis Exhibition
2013Faculty advisor for Painting and Drawing BFA thesis student exhibition
2013CU, College of Arts and Media, UCD-guest lecturer/Workshop for Scientific Media
2012Consultant and co-author, College and Art and Media, Illustration curriculum
CU, College of Architecture and Planning, Landscape Architecture, Co-curation, Exhibition Design, Graphic Design, Editing, “Urban Roots”
2011University of Virginia, Exhibition of Michael Vergason’s drawings, bookmaking, curation, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
1998AIGA Art Start Program Poster/Committee/Education Outreach

Programs + Skills

Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Sketchup, Premiere, WordPress, book making, mixed media illustration. Some work in Rhino, Grasshopper, Cinema 4D, AutoCad.

Professional Memberships

2018-2017Design Communications Association
2018SCBWI
2017CELA

Student Recognition

2019
2019
2018
2014
Research and Creative Activities Symposium, 2nd Place, Melissa Jacobi
Jasmine Cisneros, Letter of Recommendation for Pixar Internship
Top Prize $500 cash award, Colorado Student Animation Competition Marisa Volino, 12 second composition “Moon Animation.”curated by Supernova Director, Ivar Zeile and visiting artists.
Sydnee Masias, 3X3 International Illustration Show No.11, Honorable Mention

Selected Commissions

Packaging + Signage: Annie’s Crackers, Wendy’s, One With Nature, Whole Foods, Whole Foods/Whole Body, Giant Food, Coca Cola Brand Concepts, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mr. Goodburger, Santa Barbara Salsa, Target, White Castle Burgers, Frito Lay Brand Concept
Institutional:Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Institutes of Health,Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Defense Intelligence Agency, Seafood Choices Alliance, US Department of Labor, US Department of Education, US Department of Agriculture
Healthcare: Fidelis Healthcare, Elmiron Brand, Schering Plough, Pharmacia, Pfizer
Editorial + Publishing: The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Garden Design, San Francisco Chronicle, Ms Magazine, Playboy, The Discovery Channel, Vegetarian Times, Eating Well, Universe Press, etc.
Advertising Agencies: McCann Erickson, BBDO/HongKong, J. Walter Thompson, Young and Rubicam, DDNeedham Worldwide, etc
Fortune 500 Companies:Oracle, Whole Foods, General Motors, Country-wide Financial,Freddy Mac, Frito-Lay, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Target

Courses I Teach

FINE 1000 Fostering Creativity(Lecture), FINE 1100 Drawing I (Studio), FINE 1400 Two Dimensional Design (Studio), FINE 2010 The Graphic Novel Workshop (Studio), FINE 2415 Typography Studio (Studio), FINE 3001 Digital Illustration Studio, FINE 3010 Illustration I: Image Making (Studio)FINE 3030 The Media of Drawing, FINE 3010 ILLS I: Spatial Thinking (Studio), FINE 3410 ILLS II: Digital Media (Studio), FINE 3415 Design Studio I (Studio), FINE 4000 The Business of Art (Studio), FINE 4001 ILLS III: Investigatv Methods (Studio), FINE 4002 Illustration IV: Professional Practice, FINE 4002 ILLS IV: Advanced Illustratn (Studio), FINE 4003 Illustration V: BFA Thesis
Lynx Camp: Illustration (2017,2018)

Study Abroad

Course Title: Mapping Culture in Japan, June 2019, co-teacher
Course Title: Japan | Design, Illustration and the Pursuit of Wabi-Sabi, A Study Abroad Class on Design Principles in Japan, June 2015, co-teacher