Ringling College of Art and Design Illustration Alumni 2009
Alumni Illustration '09
Heather Heckel is an artist and educator living in New York. Her artwork is in several national permanent collections, and has been shown internationally. Awards include the Pushing Boundaries Award from the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, the Next Generation Indie Book Award, and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Publications featuring her work include the international 3x3 Magazine and the local Park Slope Reader in Brooklyn, New York.
Heather is passionate about traveling, National Parks, social justice and animal welfare. Over the past five years she has been awarded 12 artist residencies through the National Park Service at Hot Springs National Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Homestead National Monument of America, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Big Cypress National Preserve, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Through these residencies she has donated artwork to national permanent collections, and has artistically advocated for the mission of the parks through visitor outreach and public programs. Heather strives to capture realistic likenesses paired with emotional storytelling by using a combination of colored pencil and oil paint.
Heather has taught Art in public schools for the past seven years; she currently teaches Studio Art at Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School in Port Washington, NY, and teaches Drawing as an adjunct faculty member at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. She has previously taught Art History, Book Design and Illustration, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator at the High School of Art and Design, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Queens Museum of Art, and Groundswell Community Mural Project. She is a proud member of The Society of Illustrators, The Art Guild of Port Washington, and the National Art Education Association.
She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design, her Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education from the School of Visual Arts, and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting through the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education degree in Leadership through the University of the Cumberlands.