Heidi Neilson is a New York-based contemporary artist, best known for her publishing-based work and various collaborative projects.
Heidi Neilson was born in the Pacific Northwest region of Oregon, US. In 1991, she graduated with a BA in Biology from the Reed College, in Portland. Later, Neilson received her MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
With degrees in both biology and painting, Heidi Neilson is an unusual and diverse artist. Her art investigates themes of weather, astronomy, cosmos, urban infrastructure, and cultural landscape of outer space. Her work is often collaborative, ranging from public projects and installations to book-publishing and prints.
The example of Heidi Neilson’s interesting and unique process of creating books is her Block of Alleys publication. Inspired by her Queens neighborhood full of small warehouses and apartment buildings, the artist made a foldout book of etchings depicting every alley in her block. Single fold of the book contains a single alley, with the buildings on each side facing one another. By unfolding the whole book, the viewer is confronted with the entire walk, composed alley after alley, as a panorama.
Another example of Heidi Neilson’s unusual book publishing is her Atlas of Punctuation. The atlas represents the distribution of all end-of-sentence punctuation that Neilson traced in 14 different literary classics that convey qualities of space and scale, such as the Little Prince and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Punctuation signs from individual books are placed on a single sheet, constructing weirdly beautiful clean vector graphics. These graphics can be considered as a map of the book, in which the distribution of punctuation can be offhandedly informative, describing the books from a different perspective.
Founded in 2007 by two artists, Heidi Neilson and Natalie Campbell, SP Weather Station is an interdisciplinary project, created with an idea to collect weather data, host various guest lectures, and organize weather-related magazines, events, and exhibitions.
The project gathers artists and weather enthusiasts around the world, and each year publishes various collated prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, photo and video material. As an open-ended assignment, the invited artist or artists group is asked to strictly or loosely ‘report’ on the weather data taken by SPWS instruments, stationed on the roof of Flux Factory in Long Island. By recording its area’s environmental conditions using new and historical technologies, SPWS contributes in some of the many ways people have, throughout the course of history, made their own weather and climate observations.
Her recent projects include Menu for Mars Kitchen and Ground Station.
Art of Heidi Neilson has been included in over 60 museum, university and private collections, such as the Brooklyn Museum Library, Columbia University, Museum of Fine Arts Boston Library, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco Library, Nevada Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Otis College of Art & Design, Pratt Institute, Stanford University, Vassar College, Washington University Library, Wesleyan University, and Yale University.
Neilson’s work, over the course of years, has been supported by many foundations and art institutions, including the Art Matters Foundation, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Center for Book Arts, the College Book Art Association, The Drawing Center, Flux Factory, I-Park, the International Print Center New York, the Islip Art Museum, Kala Art Institute, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Printshop, Provisions Library, the Queens Museum of Art, Visual Studies Workshop, and Women’s Studio Workshop.
Heidi Neilson has also received many awards and grants for her work. Her most significant acknowledgments include two artist’s book publishing grants from Women’s Studio Workshop, for her books Atlas of punctuation in 2004 and Orbital debris simulator in 2010. In addition, Heidi Neilson is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, and a co-founded SP Weather Station.
Heidi Neilson currently lives and works in New York.
|2015||Type of Abstraction||Key Projects Space, Long Island City, NY||Group|
|2015||Six Artists Etching||Shoestring Press, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2015||Reading Room||Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada||Group|
|2015||Then and Now: Ten Years of Residencies at the Center for Book Arts||New York, NY||Group|
|2015||Photo Book Works||Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO||Group|
|2014||Art as Research||Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA||Group|
|2014||Parameters||Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA||Group|
|2014||It’s About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person||ILSSA [Impractical Labor in the Service of the Speculative Arts, The Press at Colorado College, Coburn Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO||Group|
|2014||Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013)||Center for Book Arts, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||New Prints 2013||Autumn, International Print Center New York, NY. Juried.||Group|
|2013||The MCBA Prize||Book Art Biennial, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN||Group|
|2013||Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative||Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN||Group|
|2013||Serious Double Acts||Marcus Campbell Art Books, London, UK||Group|
|2013||Ed Ruscha: Books & Co||Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||Stellar: Book Art and the Cosmos||Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN||Group|
|2013||New Prints – Winter||International Prints Center New York, NY||Group|
|2013||A Fair exhibition of DIY books||University of Kansas Art + Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS||Group|
|2012||Maps & Space: books by Heidi Neilson||Herrick Memorial Library, Alfred University, Alfred, NY||Solo|
|2012||Public Trust||Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY||Group|
|2012||Stardust||Rahway Arts Gallery, Rahway, NJ||Group|
|2012||Small Press: Exhibition of Artist Books and Publications||Johnson Gallery, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN||Group|
|2012||DIY: Photographers & Books||Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH||Group|
|2012||Virtual – Monumental||Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, NY||Group|
|2011||Workspace Artist-in-Residence Exhibiton: James Case-Leal, Liz Linden, Colin McMullan, and Heidi Neilson||Center for Book Arts, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||Intramural||Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2011||CENTRAL BOOKING in Berlin||K-Salon, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2011||The Print Booked||NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) Galleries, Ken Kirschman Artspace, New Orleans, LA||Group|
|2011||ILSSA: Every Day Work||Hammes Gallery at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN||Group|
|2011||Weathering it out||Studio Place Arts Gallery, Barre, VT||Group|
|2011||LUNATION: Art on the Moon||Observatory, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2011||Shifting Communities: SP Weather Station; Laura Napier; Christy Speakman||Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, NY||Group|
|2011||Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts||The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||The (UN)Framed Photograph||The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||Heat Island||Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2011||New Prints 2011 - Summer – Selected by Trenton Doyle Hancock||International Print Center, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||First International Printmaking Triennial of ULUS||The Association of Fine Artists of Serbia, Cvijeta Zuzoric Art Pavilion, Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2011||Hand, Voice and Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop||Groiler Club, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Introducing Fake Snow & Joey||Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery, Rosendale, NY||Solo|
|2010||Pulling from History: Letterpress||The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2010||Structured||Spattered Columns Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Science Fair||Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY||Group|
|2010||New Prints: Part II, Works from the International Print Center, New York||University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2010||New Prints 2010 – Winter||International Print Center New York, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Narrative Sequences||The Center for Book Arts, NY||Group|
|2009||Home Planetarium Survey||The Cabinet, Philadelphia, PA||Solo|
|2009||Art in Odd Places Festival 2009: SIGN||14th Street Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2009||Natural Histories||Central Booking, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2009||SP Weather Station - Weather Reports||AHN-VHS, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2009||Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning||The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||OUT OF THE INCUBATOR: Collaborations||Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY||Group|
|2009||Queens International 4||Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY||Group|
|2008||New Prints 2008 – Autumn||International Print Center New York, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||Beyond A Memorable Fancy||The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||DOG-EARED: revealing the content of artists’ books||Purdue University, Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, West Lafayette, IN||Group|
|2008||Fun & Games (and such...)||The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||Are We There Yet?||Virginia Commonwealth University, Southern Graphics Council Conference||Group|
|2008||Fresh Impressions: Contemporary Letterpress Printing||Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR||Group|
|2008||Text Messages: Words and Letters in Contemporary Printmaking||The Rye Arts Center Gallery, Rye, NY||Group|
|2007||Long Island City Sundial||Meatspace Gallery, Long Island City, NY||Solo|
|2007||New York, New York, New York, so nice we named it thrice||Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY||Group|
|2007||Play||Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2007||Singular Objects from the Artistbook Library & Kentler Flat Files at Proteus Gowanus||Brooklyn College Library, The City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2007||The Building Show||Exit Art, New York, NY||Group|
|2007||Iter-iter-ation||NURTUREart Non-profit, Inc. Gallery, Williamsburg, NY||Group|
|2007||A Printmaker’s Perspective||Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA||Group|
|2007||New Prints 2007 – Winter||International Print Center, New York, NY||Group|
|2006||Beyond Words: Artists’ Books||University Art Gallery, University of the South, Sewanee, TN||Group|
|2006||Common Destination: Selections Fall 2006||The Drawing Center, New York, NY||Group|
|2006||Mutilated - Cultivated Environments||The Center for Book Arts, NY||Group|
|2006||Artist in the Marketplace 26||The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY||Group|
|2006||Spring Exhibition||Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY||Group|
|2006||Well Read||NURTUREart Non-profit, Inc. Gallery, Williamsburg, NY||Group|
|2006||New Prints 2005 – Autumn||A+D Gallery Columbia College, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2005||Roofs & A Block of Alleys||Kodoku Gallery, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2005||About Roofs: recent work||Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery, Rosendale, NY||Solo|
|2004||Somewhere In Queens||The Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing, NY||Solo|
|2004||Nest Variations||Kodoko Gallery, Portland, OR||Solo|
|1998||Unmaps at the U.N.||United Nations Building Lobby, New York, NY||Solo|
|1997||Thinking in Maps, Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Solo|