BIO

Lisa Hecht’s work examines the breakdown between public and private space through the infiltration of mediated images and text into the domestic realm. Her recent work juxtaposes newspaper clippings and decorative repeat patterns to create literal and socio/political narratives by investigating our understanding of an image through collective memory, cultural symbols and our subjective interpretation and translation of the news and current events. More importantly Hecht is also interested in how a repeat pattern can become political. Within a domestic space a decorative pattern deals with the expected. The repeat is mathematical, it is calculated with specific results in mind that deal with space, comfort and desire. When the pattern is politicized it deals with the unexpected, discomfort, threat and uncertainty.

Lisa Hecht was born in Montréal, Canada and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal in 1994. She has participated in group exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Europe, including Circulation, a public arts event organized by the New York based artist cooperative REPOhistory and Current Tendencies II at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Since 1999 she has attended artist residencies at the Women’s Studio Workshop (1999), the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2001) and the International Austausch Ateliers Region Basel (IAAB) in Switzerland (2002). She has received several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec.

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Education

1999

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Master of Fine Arts, Printmedia

1994

  • Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Arts

Selected Exhibitions

2012

  • Replacing Home, JAUS, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Jennifer Johung

2011

  • Current Tendencies II, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • End of an Empire, Grass Gallery, North Adams, MA. Organized by Davis Art Services
  • Visual Literacy: Artists Books and the Vanishing Text, UWM Art History Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2010

  • Walls are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture. The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England

2009

  • From One, Many: Contemporary Wisconsin Prints. Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
  • Response, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in connection with the Southern Graphics Council Conference, Chicago, IL

2008

  • Artist’s Books and Prints, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Waukesha, WI
  • 11th Annual National Small Works 2008, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Event Horizon, Project Gallery Space, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA and Davis & Union Squares, Somerville, MA
  • Paper Politics, Gallery 450, University of Wisconsin – Marshfield, WI

2007

  • Paper Politics, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI. Also exhibited at The Crossman Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, WI

2006

  • Relative, President’s Gallery, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL

2003

  • The Last Bus to Rijkerswoerd, Hooghuis, Arnhem, Netherlands

2002

  • Home Work/s, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Boomerang, Kaskadenkondensator, Basel, Switzerland
  • I have been here for one month and nobody has written to me yet, Galerie B-312, Montreal, QC
  • Lingo, ONI Gallery, Boston, MA

2001

  • My View, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • This is my Window, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2000

  • Space contains no threats, La Centrale-Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, QC
  • Judging the Book by its Cover, The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL
  • Blood Screens – Circulation-REPOhistory, Printed Matter Inc, New York, NY

1999

  • Proof 13, Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL
  • MFA Thesis Exhibition, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
  • Interior Perceptions, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

Grants, Fellowships and Prizes

2011

  • Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada
  • Academic Staff Professional Development Award, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, WI

2010

  • Faculty Enrichment Grant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2009

  • Finalist, The Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists, Milwaukee, WI

2003

  • B Grant, Creation/Production, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada

2002

  • B Grant, Production grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada
  • B Grant, studio-apartment at the International Austausch Ateliers Region Basel (IAAB), Switzerland, Conseil des arts et des letters du Quebec, Montreal, Canada

2000

  • Travel grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada
  • B Grant, Creation/Production, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
  • Finalist, Philip & Sylvia Spertus Judaica Prize, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL

1999

  • Fellowship, for artist residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Collections

2003

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2002

  • Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, Switzerland
  • Migros Schule, Basel, Switzerland

2001

  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
  • Bibliotheque Nationale du Québec, Montreal, Canada

Bibliography

2011

  • The Launching Point: Current Tendencies II–Artists in Milwaukee Review”. Jason Altobelli. http://www.jasonaltobelli.com/blog/, Sept. 20. 2011.
  • Current Tendencies II–Artists from Milwaukee“. Essay by: Danielle Nussberger. Exhibition catalogue, Haggerty Museum of Art, 2011.
  • DownStreet Art offers new perspectives”. Keith Shaw. Gallery Walks, Berkshires Week, Aug. 18, 2011.
  • Portrait of the Artist”. North Adams Transcript. June 25, 2011.

2010

  • The Walls are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture”. Dominique Heyse-Moore, Trevor Keeble, Gill Saunders & Christine Woods. KWS Publishers, 2010.
  • No flowers please: wallpaper exhibition exposes the dark side of the home”. Charlotte Higgins. Guardian.co.uk. 6 Feb. 2010.
  • Well hung: There’s nothing cosy about this wallapaper”. Holly Williams. The Independent. 30 Jan. 2010.

2006

  • Prints Now-Directions and Definitions”. Rosie Miles & Gill Saunders. V&A Publications, 2006.

2002

  • Communicating Spaces”. Marcelino Stuhmer. Cahier # 64 – Galerie B-312. September 2002.
  • The Land of Signs: Art and the word as we know it”. Randi Hopkins. The Boston Phoenix. May 16, 2002.

2001

  • Wallpaper: The Stuff that Surrounds Us”. Lori Waxman. Pink Link ou la proposition rose. Galerie La Centrale. September 2001.

2000

  • Circulation”. Gregory Sholette & REPOhistory. Art Journal. Winter 2000: 38-53.

1999

  • Authenticity2“. Gregory Sholette. New Art Examiner. Nov. 1999: 20 +.

1998

  • Viva! Les 20 ans du Conseil Quebecois de l’estampe”. Conseil Quebecois de l’estampe. Montreal: Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec, 1998.

Artist Residencies

2003

  • Stichting Atelierbeheer Slak, Arnhem, Netherlands

2002

  • International Austausch Ateliers Region Basel, Switzerland

2001

  • Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

1999

  • Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York

Visiting Artist Lectures

2002

  • Galerie B-312, Montreal, QC

2001

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Printmaking Dept. Boston, MA

2000

  • Galerie La Centrale, Montreal, QC