Heather Logsdon, MFA – Art

Heather Logsdon, MFA
Humanities Division Chair
Art Program Coordinator
Full Professor of Art and Design Candidate
Kolok Gallery of Fine Arts Curator
Division of Fine Arts and Communications
hlogsdon@kwc.edu
O: 270-852-3608
C: 901-614-0278
Ralph Center for the Arts #122

BIOGRAPHY

A native of Owensboro, Professor Logsdon has enjoyed a long and distinguished career at Kentucky Wesleyan College. In addition to her Faculty of the Year 2016 and the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence and Leadership, Professor Logsdon has received awards for creative productions in photography, painting, and pen and ink. She was invited into two Honorariums at Georgetown College for State of Painting and State of Fine Art curated by Dr. Boris Zakic. Logsdon was featured in the invitation-only, traveling exhibition to Prague under Prof Monty Helm in Symbiosis and her oil painting won an International Special Recognition Award in the Women’s Only Juried Exhibition.

Her published works and successful grant activities, including grant awards from the Marilyn & William Young Foundation, have won her international notoriety. Logsdon was invited to the CIC Seminars for research on the Uses of Antiquities at the University of Chicago under Dr. Rebecca Zorach and on the Landscape & Identity in Britain & the United States: Sublime Painters under Dr. Tim Barringer at Yale University. As curator of the College’s Kolok Ralph Gallery, Professor Logsdon has, marketed and hosted scores of exhibits, student showcases, and other public shows.

These and other engagements, consultancies, and other individual commitments to area non-profit organizations, have allowed the College to extend its presence throughout the region. In the classroom, Professor Logsdon guides students toward the development of creative and intellectual skills. Her practice-based pedagogy favors discussion over lecture and problem solving over regurgitation. Self-analysis and peer critiques are key to this framework. Her graduates have gone on to achieve distinction in the arts with 90% working in the industry.

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Traditional and Digital Illustration
Honors Academy of Art University, CA
Areas of Concentration: Art History, Illustration, and Painting

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts
Cum Laude Brescia University, KY
Areas of Concentration: 2D Studio Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design

Associate of Arts in Studio Arts
Distinction Owensboro Community College, KY
Areas of Concentration: Drawing, Painting

Certificate of Emphasis in Visual Arts
Distinction Owensboro Community College, KY
Areas of Concentration: Drawing, Painting

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I believe that learning should be a fun and engaging experience! Art is important in the classroom because it cultivates creativity, problem-solving skills, self-expression, critical thinking, and tolerance to multicultural perspectives, while it increases academic performance in other disciplines. Art touches every discipline from math to religion to history to chemistry to biology and more! My goal is to act as a guide for my students in the visual arts to develop the competencies needed to work in an industry-related field and/or enter postgraduate training. I teach because I am passionate about art! Art soothes, energizes, and inspires me to expand the limits of my own perspectives. My teaching pedagogy is to create discussions over lectures, stories over memorization, hands-on problem solving over parroting facts, demonstrations over assumptions, and, most importantly, allow failure “redo” over one-shot grading with a peer and self-critique analysis. I have 3 goals in the classroom:

  1. to provide the necessary knowledge and technical skills as artists.
  2. encourage visual critical analysis through competencies of interpretation and articulation.
  3. and develop a portfolio of personal innovative creative expression based on experience.

I believe I am an effective instructor because I passionately teach from experience and continue to expand my experiences through professional development to give my students the best from the art industry.

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, KY  2010 to present
Full Professor Candidate of Art & Design
Humanities Division Chair (2018-present)

University of Maryland Global Campus, Adelphi, Maryland  2016 to present
Online Adjunct Full Professor of Art (Summer Sessions)
Promoted to Full Professor July 29, 2020

Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT  Jun 2019 to Jan 2020
Graduate Artist Mentor – Creative Studio Research

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Art Survey (Online and Onsite) (ART 100)
  • Beginning Drawing (ART 101)
  • 2D Design (ART 111)
  • Graphic Design I (ART 210)
  • Graphic Design II (ART 211)
  • Painting I (ART 235)
  • Digital Photo Techniques (ART 278)
  • Advance Drawing (ART 302)
  • Graphic Design III (ART 311)
  • Color Theory (ART 313)
  • Advance Painting (ART 335)
  • Printmaking (ART 355)
  • Advanced Digital Photo Tech (ART 378)
  • Prehistoric to Neoclassical Art History (ART 382)
  • American Art History (ART 383)
  • Modern Art History (ART 384)
  • Internship I (ART 403)
  • Internship II (ART 403)
  • Drawing Projects (ART 401)
  • Graphic Design IV (ART 411)
  • Painting Projects (ART 436)
  • Digital Painting (ART 453)
  • Senior Seminar (ART 470)

AWARDS

  • 2021: Hidden Gem Recognition Award for Photography in CA, “Her Eyes Are Knowing”
  • 2021: Top Shot Recognition Award for Photography in CA, “Portrait of H”
  • 2021: International Curator’s Selection Award for Photography in CA, “Self Portrait”
  • 2020: Peer Winter Photography Award for photography in CA, “
  • 2020: Peer Summer Photography Award for Photography in CA, “Say Awhh!”
  • 2020: 2020 Choice Award for Photography in CA, “Monet Kind of Day”
  • 2020: Peer International Legendary Award for Photography in CA, “Snail of Light”
  • 2020: International Elite in Macro Recognition Award for Photography in CA, “You Are My Sunshine”
  • 2019: Top of Class Award for Photography in CA, “Leo”
  • 2018: Presidential Award for Campus Leadership and Teaching Excellence
  • 2016: Faculty of the Year
  • 2016: International Peer Recognition Award for Photography in Beautiful Brides in CA
  • 2014: International Special Recognition Award for an oil painting “Sunbathers” in the All Women Exhibition in FL
  • 2000: Owensboro Art Guild Juried Exhibition 1st Place in Pen and Ink in KY, “Heather’s Harpie”

SEMINARS, LECTURES, & CONFERENCES

  • 2019:CIC Workshop for Department & Division Chairs, Ohio
  • 2019: Pryor Criticism and Discipline for Supervisors Seminar in Bowling Green, KY
  • 2018: OPS & DCS Digital Professional Development Workshop Instructor
  • 2018: Congressional Arts Meeting: Brett Guthrie – Promoting and Supporting the Arts in Bowling Green, KY
  • 2017: CIC Seminar: Landscape & Identity in Britain & United States presented by Dr.Tim Barringer, Yale University, Connecticut
  • 2016: National Creative Industry Summit: Community Development Through the Arts Track, Convention Center, Owensboro, KY
  • 2015: National Creative Industry Summit: Entrepreneurship for Artists Track, Convention Center, Owensboro, KY
  • 2014: CIC Seminar: Uses of Antiquity presented by Dr. Rebecca Zorach, University of Chicago, Illinois
  • 2014: Inaugural World Tour – Discover DaVinci & Michelangelo: Side by Side Lecture, debut at Victory Theatre in Indiana by Dr. Mark Rodgers – Curator of the DaVinci Machines & Michelangelo Exhibitions at the permanent Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, Evansville, Indiana
  • 2013: SACS & QEP Seminar, Berea College, Berea, KY

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

  • 2016 Published Catalog: The Women’s Perspective, pg.8-9
  • 2015 Published Catalog: State of Painting, pg.25
  • 2014 Published Catalog: All Women’s Exhibition, pg.96
  • 2014 Published Catalog: Useful Symbiosis, p, 14

FEATURED ARTICLES

  • 2019 Owensboro Times – Kentucky Wesleyan College Online Graphic Design Program Ranked Top Nationally
  • 2019 Messenger-Inquirer – Kentucky Wesleyan College Ranked Nationally for Graphic Design Online Program
  • 2017 Messenger-Inquirer – All Women’s Perspective Traveling Exhibition
  • 2016 Messenger-Inquirer – Artist Spotlight
  • 2016 Messenger-Inquirer – OPC Juried Exhibition at the Ralph Gallery of Fine Arts
  • 2016 Messenger-Inquirer – Texture & Materials
  • 2015 Messenger-Inquirer – RiverPark Fine Arts Exhibition
  • 2015 Messenger-Inquirer – Crafts Fair

EXHIBITION RECORD & WORKSHOPS

2019:

  • Juror, Congressional Art Juried Competition, Brutt Guthrie Office in Bowling Green, KY
  • Juror, RiverPark K-12 OPS Fine Arts Festival Art Juried Exhibition, RiverPark Center in Owensboro, KY
  • Juror, OPS K-5 Gifted and Talented Program, OPS Building
  • Co-Juror, Owensboro Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, Ralph Gallery of Fine Arts in Owensboro, KY
  • Exhibiting Artist, Faculty Exhibition, Ralph Gallery of Fine Arts in Owensboro, KY

2018:

  • Co-Juror, Congressional Art Juried Competition, Brutt Guthrie Office in Bowling Green, KY
  • Juror, RiverPark K-12 OPS Fine Arts Festival Art Juried Exhibition, RiverPark Center in Owensboro, KY
  • Juror, Daviess County Art Fest K-12
  • Exhibiting Artist, “Dreaded Scarf” pastel, 100 Miles: Art by Regional Collegiate Art Faculties. McCutchan Art Center in Evansville, IN
  • Exhibiting Artist, “Toe Socks” oil painting, 100 Miles: Art by Regional Collegiate Art Faculties. Pace Gallery in Evansville, IN
  • Exhibiting Artist, Faculty Exhibition, Ralph Gallery of Fine Arts in Owensboro, KY
  • Co-Juror, Owensboro Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, Ralph Gallery of Fine Arts in Owensboro, KY

2017:

  • Co-Juror, Congressional Art Juried Competition, Brutt Guthrie Office in Bowling Green, KY
  • Exhibiting Artist, 3 painting: “Dreaded Scarf’, “Finding Warmth” and “Toe Socks”, State of Time, Anne Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, KY.
  • Co-Juror, Owensboro Photography Club Annual Juried Exhibition, Ralph Gallery of Fine Arts in Owensboro, KY
  • Workshop Coordinator, Exhibitor and Curator. The Women’s Perspective Traveling Exhibition
    • Ralph Gallery of Fine Arts, Owensboro, KY, Feb – Mar 2017
    • Bardstown Art Center Square, Bardstown, KY, Jan – Feb 2017
    • Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, KY, Nov- Dec 2016.

2016:

  • Co-Juror, Congressional Art Juried Competition, Brutt Guthrie Office in Bowling Green, KY
  • Juror, RiverPark K-12 OPS Fine Arts Festival Art Juried Exhibition, RiverPark Center in Owensboro, KY
  • Workshop Instructor and Curator, EyeSEE Kids Photography Foundation, Wendall Foster Project

2015:

  • Co-Juror, Congressional Art Juried Competition, Brutt Guthrie Office in Bowling Green, KY
  • Exhibiting Artist & Honorarium, State of Painting Symposium curated by Boris Zakic, Anne Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, KY.
  • Juror, RiverPark K-12 OPS Fine Arts Festival Art Juried Exhibition, RiverPark Center in Owensboro, KY

2014:

  • Co-Juror, Congressional Art Juried Competition, Brutt Guthrie Office in Bowling Green, KY

2013 -2012:

  • Exhibiting Artist, Useful Symbiosis: A Traveling Exhibition, American Center, Tržiště 13, Prague and Owensboro Fine Art Museum, Owensboro, KY

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • Congressional Art Committee Member, 2nd District
  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Former The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • Former Digital Retouch Artist for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS)
  • Former Board of Director and volunteer instructor of the eyeSEE Kid’s Photography of Owensboro Foundation

PORTFOLIO AND LINKS

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FAVORITE LIFE QUOTES

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ …then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Van Gogh
“Do not follow where the path may lead, but go where there is no path and leave a trail.”-Unknown
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”-Maya Angelou
“Don’t put the key of your happiness in another’s pocket…”-Van Gogh
“Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly…”-Chuang Tzu