Heidi Schwegler (b. 1967, San Antonio, Texas) explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter, deftly incorporating found objects with traditional craft and sculpture media. She is drawn to the peripheral ruin, modifying discarded things in order to give them a new sense of purpose. "When it is no longer contextualized by function and ownership, the discarded thing's anonymity and ambiguity render it pervious to the imagination.” Such an object becomes a rich sources of investigation: “I consider its formal qualities as raw material – but a very particular raw material that is both new and an indicator of past use, past value and past purpose.”
Schwegler’s many accolades include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, Hallie Ford Fellowship and MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She was artist-in-residence at MacDowell Colony, Pilchuk, Yaddo, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Bullseye Glass Company, among others. Notable exhibitions of her work include Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta and curated by Michelle Grabner; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, OR and the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, NE. Schwegler holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and MFA from the University of Oregon.
Her sculptural work is in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum, currently on view in the Northwest Art wing. She was recently awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in the Visual Arts and is part of the forthcoming Bellevue Art Museum biennial focused on glasswork.