LSAA 38th Annual Members’ Show

This just in: my watercolor painting “Isle Royale National Park: Syncline Shoreline” is included in the Lake Superior Art Association’s 38th Annual Members’ Show, on display in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library during the month of May.  According to the MAAC’s website:

“This juried exhibit celebrates the coming of spring after a long U.P. winter which was spent engrossed in creativity. To recognize the achievements of these artists, prizes will be awarded. The show runs from May 7 through May 30, 2014 in the main gallery at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The artist and public reception will be held on Fri., May 30, 2014, at 6p.m. in the gallery. There will be great food made by local caterers, and as usual there is no charge to attend.”


“Isle Royale, Syncline Shoreline” by Kathleen M. Heideman-Rydholm
Photo by C. Friedrich

Nature & Exploration: A Poetry Reading

Nature and Exploration: A Poetry Reading with Russel Thorburn and Kathleen Heideman.  Join us Wednesday November 13, 7:00 pm for a free poetry reading in the C. Fred Rydholm Gathering Hall, Marquette Regional History Center.  Listen to Russell Thorburn, the poet laureate of the Upper Peninsula, read nature and exploration poems. As an artist-in-residence for the Mojave National Preserve in California, with his son Gabriel, a photographer and Warner Bros. animation editor, he wrote over 80 poems. Thorburn's current book of poetry is Misfit Hearts, which examines the John Huston film, The Misfits, through the location stills of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. Kathleen Heideman will also do a reading. Heideman is a writer and artist based in Marquette, a past fellow of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists & Writers Program. Heideman has completed several artist residencies with the National Park Service, including residencies at the Apostle Islands, Isle Royale and the Badlands.

National Park Service: Online Exhibit

Terrific news: my work is now featured in a National Parks online exhibition (juried) featuring select artists who’ve participated in various National Parks Artist-in-Residence programs. It’s a gorgeous gallery, featuring work in multiple disciplines. I urge everyone to check it out!

National Park Arts: Destination for Arts in the National Parks

Summer Arts: Opening Reception in Milwaukee

Reminder to all friends and family in Wisconsin, especially in the Milwaukee area — there will be an Opening Reception for the “Summer Arts: Inspired by the National Parks” exhibition at Schlueter Art Gallery, campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. My poems and paintings (paired) are featured in the show! Reception takes place this Friday, July 12, from 4-7pm. Here’s the gallery’s announcement card – click to view full size.


“Inspired by the National Parks” features work of U.S. National Park Artists in Residence

Exciting news item to share: I’ve been included in an invitational exhibit at the Schlueter Art Gallery in Milwaukee! Driving down to deliver six watercolor paintings later this week — which will be paired with poems inspired by my work in the National Parks. Here’s the gallery’s publicity blurb:

In conjunction with Wisconsin Lutheran College’s popular Fine Arts Summer Arts in the Park concerts, Schlueter Art Gallery will host an art exhibit celebrating the work of U.S. National Park Artists in Residence. Artists, along with writers and poets, have played a major historical role in establishing national parks, inspiring Congress and the public to protect the unique and diverse landscapes of America because of their art. Artists continue the tradition today. Over 29 national parks, monuments and wildlife refuges select and host artists each year to make artworks reflecting the special qualities of each place and their individual response from a contemporary, current perspective. Wisconsin Lutheran College Schlueter Art Gallery is privileged to host a sampling of past artists in residence including Diane Bywaters, Kathleen M. Heideman, Kathy Hodge, Geri Schrab and Wisconsin Lutheran College art professor Kristin Gjerdset.

Schlueter Art Gallery, Wisconsin Lutheran College
8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Summer Gallery Hours: M-F 9 am – 4 pm plus Saturday July 6 from 9 am – 5 pm;
Opening Reception on July 12, 4-7 pm.

I’m honored to have been selected for this show, and I hope some of my friends and family in Wisconsin will be able to attend this gallery opening. Along with selections from my poetry manuscript “Department of the Interiors,” I’ll be showing a painting of the Sage Creek Wilderness area from Badlands National Park, a painting of the Tweddle Schoolhouse at Sleeping Bear Dunes, three paintings depicting the Tobin Harbor/Scoville Point area of Isle Royale National Park, and a painting of Rynearson Pond from my residency at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin.

Through Your Eyes

I’ve received the good news that my work has been selected for inclusion in the National Park Service’s upcoming (juried) exhibition “Through Your Eyes.” Through Your Eyes will be a series of three online multimedia exhibitions, featured on the National Park Service website, to highlight the creative outcomes of artists-in-residence experiences.


Badlands NP updates Artist-in-Residence Gallery

Back Road from Interior

My work (a photograph, a watercolor sketch, and an audio poem) are featured on the website of Badlands National Park, which has recently been updated to highlight the work of previous participants in their annual Artist-in Residence program.

I was in residence at the Badlands a year ago, and I’m currently editing some of the work I wrote during that (prolific) residency.  This past week, I also received word that a poem from the Badlands project will be published in South Dakota Review!

Celebrating National Parks Week!

Categories: Art, Artist Residencies in National Parks, Badlands National Park | Kathleen M. Heideman | April 22, 2010

In honor of both National-Parks-Week and April-as-National-Poetry-Month, my audio poem “Why I Want To Be a Park Ranger When I Grow Up” (plus a watercolor sketch depicting the wall of Saddle Pass, from my residency at Badlands National Park) are currently featured on the National Parks Traveler website.  Please share with all the inspiring park rangers in your life!

Wall of Saddle Pass

In honor of National Parks Week, I’ve just read T. H. Watkin’s book Stone Time (Southern Utah: A Portrait and a Meditation), and Jon Luoma’s The Hidden Forest, which focuses on forest research being conducted in the Andrews Experimental Forest and other National Forest research stations. I’ve also downloaded dozens of brochures from the many National Parks, National Monuments and National Forests I’ll be visiting in May and June, and I’ve installed the “Park Maps” app on my new iPod Touch (the program contains a lot of popular park maps, but just the tip of the NPS/NFS iceberg, and no BLM maps at all).

As featured on National Parks Traveler

Categories: Art, Artist Residencies in National Parks, Badlands National Park, Observations | Kathleen M. Heideman | April 12, 2010

Panorama Sunset
Panorama Sunset, Badlands National Park

Check it out: one of the watercolor sketches from my recent artist residency in Badlands National Park is currently featured as the “Park Photo of the Week” at National Parks Traveler!

Why I want to be a Park Ranger….

Categories: Artist Residencies in National Parks, Badlands National Park, Writing | Kathleen M. Heideman | April 8, 2010

Golden Moment, Cedar Pass

Hey! Hear all about it!

Badlands National Park’s website (U.S. National Park Service) is now featuring an audio poem — my own ode to NPS really —  in which I reminisce about my early encounters with Park Rangers, and their life-long, larger-than-life acorn-embossed influence on me: