Logophobia – eat

2003, inkjet on canvas, 28” x 24”


 Logophobia – humble

2003, inkjet on canvas, 34” x 24”



These works are from the Logophobia/Logophilia series.  These images explore language’s limitations and the merits and frustrations of these limitations.  They are printed onto canvas, which is cut along the edges (hence the irregular border).  They are then spray-adhered directly onto the wall, evoking both skin and paper.


For the convenience of IDAA, these works can be left un-cut on any heavy-weight matte substrate and presented as the exhibitors see fit.


Artist Biography

Heather Freeman received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and German Studies from Oberlin College in 1993.  In the Fall of 1998, she entered the MFA program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University at New Brunswick, New Jersey concentrating in large format drawing and installation.  While exploring the relationship between the history of science and metaphysics, Freeman's medium of choice became single channel video and digital print. 


After a brief flirtation with advertising, Freeman taught art at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  She is currently continuing her research in computer art and video at the University of Kentucky where she is Assistant Professor of New Media in the College of Fine Arts.  Her work is exhibited regionally and nationally.  It has appeared internationally in Cuba, Hungary, Germany, Sweden and Canada.


Heather Freeman has been interested in science since a child.  She is particularly interested in the language and symbolic forms of science and where these intersect with mythic, religious and popular iconography. Freeman believes science has merged with popular culture to become a covertly “universal” religion; the unacknowledged religion of the “truth” we seek on television, in the movies, in comic books and video games. She is particularly interested in ways we import these very public and secular languages and symbols into the very private languages of family, friendships and spirituality. She now looks for “Truths”, myths, superstitions and expectations of the past to see where reality may lie -- but also to point out and accentuate its occasional absurdity. Freeman attempts to postulate, explore, and divulge these ideas, thereby forming, simultaneously, her own applied mythologies and her own private science.





2002 - present

Assistant Professor of New Media, University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY











MFA Visual Arts, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ


Post-Baccalaureate Program, Performance Art, The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL

(accepted but not pursued)


BA Studio Art and German Studies, Oberlin College. Oberlin, OH


Karl-Ruprecht-Universität and the Jüdische Hochschule Heidelberg, Germany































Merit Award. $100. Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. National Juried Competition Photography/Digital Photography. Loveladies, NJ. Juror: Katherine Ware, Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art.  For digital print”Logophobia – eat”

Junior Faculty Summer Research Fellowship. $6000. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY.  For research in the Andalusian region of Spain for digital prints and videos regarding the linguistic history of science and how this assists the forming of culture.


Second Place. DreamBox Foto Gallery. Juror: Nancy Fewkes. Chicago, IL For digital print ”Logophobia – humble”


Juror’s Award. $1000 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ. Juror: Elizabeth Smith, James W. Aldorf, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago

International Travel Grant, $1200. University of Kentucky, Office for the Vice President of Research. Lexington, KY. For travel to Havana Cuba for the 10th International Digital Arts Salon and Colloquium.

Certificates of Excellence, L.A. County Fair, New Photography Exhibition. For digital print “Narcissism- self sliver”.


 New Jersey Young Film and Video Makers’ Festival, Festival Committee Citation For the video “Erste Wolken am Himmel des jungen Glücks”.


Black Maria Film-Video Festival, Director’s Citation Award For the video “Erste Wolken am Himmel des jungen Glücks”.


Oberlin College, German/American Exchange Stipend. For academic study at Karls-Ruprecht Universität and the Judische Hochschule in Heidelberg, Germany.





















Jeff Worley. “Heather Freeman’s New Media Art: Clint Eastwood with an Aura?” Odyssey, Research Journal for the University of Kentucky, Summer 2004 Online Exclusive.

Lois Wiley. Art Review “Chautauqua 47th National American Art Exhibition” for Thursday, July 1 2004 pg. 11

Susan Van Dongen “Popular Science: Heather Freeman uses multimedia art to explore the boundaries between science, myth, language and pop culture” TimeOFF, March, 31 2004. pg. 5

Kathleen Vanesian. “Ain’t Mythbehavin’: Mesa Arts Center final bow in its old space earns a last hurrah.” Phoenix New Times, April 29-May 5th, 2004 pg. 44 also at New Times, phoenixnewtimes.com

“Mesa Contemporary Arts Presents ‘Two Person National Exhibition’ Downtown Focus. March/April 2004. pg. 15

Roberta Burnett. “Cowboy images and textile art interesting, baffling.” The Arizona Republic Online Print Edition. May 25, 2004.


Torsten N. Suche “Sympathie für das Eklige: Im Gespräch mit der Künstlerin Heather Freeman” Die Souffleuse February, 1996, 3-6











“Virtual Love and the New Romanticism”. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual International Digital Arts Colloquium, June 17-20th, Havana, Cuba


Sexalchemy or Why Goldfish Must Die. Masters Thesis. Rutgers University.


“Hippy”, “let’s not talk about cherries”, “Pouring Fish into Fire”, and “green” Surrealismo Human Being Press, Oberlin, OH















The Peddie School, Contemporary Directions in New Media, Hightstown, NJ

Mesa Arts Center, Two-Person National, Mesa AZ


University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Digital Art Making, Charlotte, NC


Korn Gallery, Madison College, Kaboom! Madison, NJ

University of Kentucky, Arts Professions, Lexington, KY


Gettysburg College, Video Installation, Gettysburg, PA


Johnson House, Tiferet: Remembrance of the Holocaust, Oberlin, OH

















Mesa Arts Center Two Person National, Mesa, AZ. Juried by Elizabeth Smith. digital prints


Rutgers University Sexalchemy: MFA Thesis Exhibit, New Brunswick, NJ video installation


Gettysburg College Video Installation Gettysburg, PA video


Johnson House Tiferet: Remembrance of the Holocaust Oberlin, OH

commissioned installation


Die Romanische Keller Theater Recent Work Heidelberg, Germany drawings










































































































































Barney Miller’s New Media Festival. Lexington, KY. Digital video (local invitational)

New Arts Program.  Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works. Kutztown, PA. Print

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Annual National Juried Competition Photography/Digital Photography. Loveladies, NJ. Juror: Katherine Ware, Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Digital print. (national)

Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts. 47th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art. Chautauqua, NY.  Juror: Dr. Donald Kuspit, Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. Digital Print.

Hungarian Multicultural Council. 2004 Summer Artists Residency, Balanfüred, Hungary. Collaboration with Jeff Murphy on digital prints (international)

The Peddie School Contemporary Directions in New Media: Heather Freeman, Eric Hadley, Therese Stowell, Hightstown, NJ. digital prints, video (national)

Dairy Center for the Arts Boulder Art Association Photography Show Boulder, CO. Juried by Christopher Brown digital prints (national)

Old Church Cultural Center. 15th Annual Small Works Show. Demarest, NJ. Juried by Anthony Grant, Former Southeby’s Director of American Contemporary Art.. drawings

DreamBox Foto Gallery. First Annual Juried Exhibition. Chicago, IL. Juried by Nancy Fewkes. digital prints (national)

Museum of Outdoor Arts Englewood Arts National Juried Art Show Englewood, CO. Juried by Director of the Museum of Outdoor Arts Cynthia Madden Leitner, Lawrence Argent and Craig Marshall Smith. drawing (national)

University of Toledo’s Center for the Visual Arts Toledo Friends of Photography 7th Biennial Exhibition Toledo, OH. Juried by Albert Chong. digital prints (national)

Urban Institute for Contemporary Art Fresh Materials Grand Rapids, MI. installation

Tuska Gallery UK Faculty Show  Lexington, KY. digital prints (local)

Lexington Art League Nude 2004 Lexington, KY. Juried by Michael Markowitz. digital print (national)

Centro Pablo V Salon Internacional de Arte Digital, Havana, Cuba digital prints, video (international juried)

Bill Maynes Gallery Tops Off! New York, NY. Juried by Sid Sachs. digital print (national invitational of Rutgers alumn)

Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, Inc. 11th Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Niceville, FL digital print (regional)

New Arts Program Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works Kutztown, PA mixed media (national invitational)

Fylkingen diSTILLaton and more Stockholm, Sweden video (international curated by Lydia Grey)

Fredericksburg Arts Center for the Creative Arts Photography: The Manipulated Image Fredericksburg, VA digital prints (national juried)

Fulton Street Gallery Computer Art Show Troy, NY digital prints (national juried)

East Street Gallery 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition Phoenix AZ digital prints (national juried)

Downtown Arts Center Members Show  Lexington, KY digital prints (local)


The Korn Gallery Kaboom! Madison, NJ digital prints (national invitational)

University of Kentucky Museum of Art UK Faculty Show Lexington, KY digital prints (local)

The Cinderblock B-Sides/B-Film Louisville, KY digital prints (state juried)

L.A. County Fair New Photography Exhibition Pomona, CA digital prints (national juried)

The East End Photographers Group Digital Domain East Hampton, NY digital prints (national juried)

Nexus Gallery Sixth Annual National Juried Exhibition, New York, NY digital print (national juried)

Printmaking Council of New Jersey disSTILLation Somerville, NJ video/digital prints (national curated by Lydia Grey)


Allegheny College Art Galleries Faculty Show Meadville, PA video installation (local)

Nova Scotia Birthday Event Geoff Hendricks 70th Birthday Envelope Project Nova Scotia, Canada mixed media birthday envelope (international invitational)

WAX Music and Sound Design WAX Music Reel Bumpers New York, NY video

White Columns Video Library New York, NY video (international juried – ongoing)

Blackchair Productions/Microcinema Independent Screenings Seattle, OR video (international juried)


The Knitting Factory Fragmentations New York, NY video (regional curated by Damian Catera)

Art In General 12 to 12 Video and Film Marathon New York, NY video (regional curated)

Baltimore College of Art Y2K Exchange Baltimore, MD video (regional juried – current MFA candidates only)

Rutgers University Spring Performance Night New Brunswick, NJ solo performance, collaborative performance with Jim Jeffers


Massachusetts College of Art Exchange Boston, MA video

Rutgers University Y2K Solutions New Brunswick, NJ video, sculpture


Wilder Hall Poohsticks Oberlin, OH. collaborative animation with James Wolcott for an inter-medial opera written by Sophocles Papavasilopoulos


Izzo’s Artery Group Show Chicago, IL drawing, sculpture

Chopin Theater Speaking in Tongues: An Evening of Voice and Performance Chicago, IL solo and group performance

The Féve Surrealismo Oberlin, OH solo performance


Neckar River Festival Open Art Heidelberg, Germany drawing


Mudd Library Exhibition in Observance of Yom Ha-Shoah Oberlin, OH drawing