Award: Research & Development Grant

Discipline: Visual Arts

Project Collaborator(s):  

City/Town: Phoenix

Year: 2019

Artist Website:

I am fascinated by the ways the landscape has been depicted throughout art history: Japanese Yamato-e narrative scenes, Rococo’s exuberant playgrounds, or Transcendentalist worlds of wonder. This investigation includes looking at the ways the natural world can be invigorated yet again, how landscape painting can be used to evoke personal elegy, or how the expression of transcendental worlds can be re-imagined in contemporary storytelling.

Excerpt from Heidi Hogden’s R&D Grant application

When completed, Heidi Hogden’s “Desert Survival” project will comprise seven graphite drawings, five cement sculptures, and four mixed media paintings. Collectively, the works will offer an immersive experience depicting environmental events as foreseen by the artist. With this project, the artist hopes to demonstrate the consequences of climate change through storytelling, using humor to express her personal perspective to diverse audiences without being overburdened with negative or fear-driven concepts. “By providing the viewer this particular lens,” Hogden explains, “I am able to create mysterious predictions of the future—one without water, without protection from the sun, and without the skills needed to survive in dry climate conditions—thereby stimulating the viewer to consider the fate of our environmental climate.” Hogden’s grant award will allow her to create four new paintings and frame seven works on paper, thus completing the project. The project is already set for a solo exhibition at the Fine Arts Center on the campus of Arkansas State University from September 15 to October 15, 2019. The completed project will form a platform for future exhibitions and continued work locally.

Plan ways to attract the attention of search and rescue teams.

Graphite pencil on paper
34 x 49 inches

Could have been avoided with preparation.

graphite pencil on paper
60 x 40 inches

Heidi Hogden’s creative research investigates the relationship between place and identity through drawing and installation. Recent projects include environmental changes as they relate to location, the examination of the natural world through visual art, the exploration of memory through the language of drawing, and the merger of art practice with animal sciences. Hogden received her BFA in 2008 from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA in 2012 from the Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She was the Artist-In-Residence at the Windgate College of Art and Design in Little Rock, AR from 2015 to 2017 and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in 2018. Hogden is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Hogden has exhibited her work at galleries, institutions, and museums, nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions including the McGladrey Art Gallery at Bentley University in Waltham, MA; the Ann Maner and Alex Pappas Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR; and the Viterbo Fine Arts Center in LaCrosse, WI. Group exhibitions include the Courtyard Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, SD; and the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, AR. Hogden’s work has been published in the Boston Globe; Manifest’s 10th International Drawing Annual; and Studio Visit Magazine, among others.