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Connecting with my cultural heritage as a Louisiana native, I paint what I know and that is a celebration of artful dress influenced by the elaborate costumes of Mardi Gras but with a reductive sense of elegance and style. My mother grew up in the Bayou as a daughter of a fur trapper, while my father’s mother was raised in the world of elaborate balls and social soirées. I marry these two worlds in the costumes I create for my muses, close friends and acquaintances that fit my own personal aesthetic.

 

Pieced together from lingerie and fur pieces, laced and beaded, stitched and glued, the outfits I create transforms them into mythological gods and goddesses or a tribe, if you will, of superior beings that escape the blemishes of everyday trials and tribulations. My grandmother used to say, “You can’t feel bad if you look pretty,” an adage that I embrace in my creations.

 

Fur, feathers and foliage bring a natural element of something more elemental, connecting these very civilized beings to more fundamental origins, elevated by beauty and a sense of innate self-possession. From photographs taken in my studio, I translate these mirages of celestial beauty in oil on paper and canvas in an alla prima style that some interpret as watercolor at first glance. There is a quiet stillness that allows the viewer to observe them, often in a moment of self-reflection. Even when the model gazes outwards, it is as if they are gazing inwards, into a mirrored image that contains their thoughts and adds an element of mystery.


All that glistens is not gold, but with paint, brush and imagination, for a moment, I escape into a world of beauty that outshines ordinary or austere reality and gives each cloud a thread of silver lining.

Heidi Elbers (b. 1985, New Orleans, LA) earned her B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2008 and graduated summa cum laude and was a recipient of the President's Medals for Academic Excellence. While at SELU, she was a recipient of The Helen Entrikin Art Scholarship Award, the Holly and Smith, Architects, Inc. Excellence in Visual Arts and Music Scholarship, the Gail Hood Scholarship Award in Painting, and music performance scholarships, and she played flute professionally throughout the New Orleans area. She also studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 2008, she moved to New York City to attend graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. At the New York Academy of Art she was a recipient of the Academy Service Scholarship. After completing her MFA in 2010, she moved to Bushwick where she is an active member of the art community. Elbers has shown her work at nationally at places such as Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, Sotheby's, Flowers Gallery, NY, The Lodge Gallery, Island Weiss Gallery, Storefront Ten Eyck, and Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery. She has been featured in publications including The Huffington Post, T Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Poets and Artists, ApartmentTherapy.com, Buzzfeed.com, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic.


Aside from her studio practice, she currently works as the Director of Exhibitions and Alumni Affairs at the New York Academy of Art.




EDUCATION


2010                  Masters of Fine Arts in Painting, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


2008                  Bachelor of Arts (Painting and Drawing) and Minor in Music, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana. Summa Cum Laude GPA of 4.0.


2007                  New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana.



EXHIBITION RECORD


2018                  Women Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, New York, New York.


                          WTF, ArtPalmBeach January 17-21, 2018, West Palm Beach, Florida.                         


2017                  Through the Eyes of an Artist, Panepinto Galleries, Jersey City, New Jersey.


                          Single Fare 4, Highline Stages, New York, New York.


                          Woman as Warrior, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.


                          About Face, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, New York.


                          11th Annual Summer Exhibition, Flowers, New York, New York.


                          Palette, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado.


                         The Time is Now, Chesterfield Gallery, New York, New York.


                         Animalia, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                         Formation, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, New York.


2016                 Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                         Point of Origin, The Lodge Gallery, New York, New York.


                         Picturing the Unprintable, Flux Factory, Long Island City, New York.


                         10th Annual Summer Exhibition, Flowers, New York, New York.


                         From the Academy, The Vendue, Charleston, South Carolina.


                         Funny Stuff, Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                         Mementos, Panepinto Galleries, 70 Columbus, Jersey City, New Jersey.


2015                 Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                         My Favorite Things, Panepinto Galleries, W Hotel, Hoboken, New Jersey.


                         Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.

  

                         9th Annual Summer Exhibition, Flowers, New York, New York.  


                         Happily Ever After, Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.

                    

                         JTSF Graphics Show, Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


2014                  Love It, Locket, Leave It, Island Weiss Gallery, New York, New York.


                          Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.

                        

                          Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.

          

                          8th Annual Summer Exhibition, Flowers, New York, New York.                      


                          Arts in Bushwick Benefit, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, New York.


                          The New Romantics, Mark Miller Gallery, New York, New York.


                          Alumni Pop-Up, Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                          Anniversary Show, 3 Years + 3 Days, NOosphere Arts, New York, New York.


2013                  Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.

                        

                          Postcards to North Brooklyn, Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, New York.


                          Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.


                          Arts in Bushwick Benefit, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, New York.


                          Shifting Territories, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, New York.


                           Alumni Pop-Up, Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.

                        

                           I Am My World, NOosphere Arts, New York, New York.


                           Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York, New York.


                           Ladies, Kraine Gallery, New York, New York.


2012                  Put a Bow on It, Kraine Gallery, New York, New York.


                           Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.

                        

                           Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.    


                           Living Things, The Art Foundry, Us, New York, New York.                    


                           Open Studios, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.


                           Arts in Bushwick Benefit, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, New York

     

                           Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


2011                   Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                           Salvaged, Island Weiss Gallery, New York, New York.


                          Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.


                          Open Studios, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.


                          3rd Annual 100 Artist Exhibition, Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.


                          Arts in Bushwick Benefit, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, New York.


                          Below Chambers, Biddy Earlys, New York, New York.


                          fəˈsäd, Kleio Projects, New York, New York.


                          Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again, Sloan Fine Art, New York, New York.


2010                  XX, Beta Spaces, Brooklyn, New York.


                          Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                          XXX, Reunion Show, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


Alumni Show, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          You Naughty Children, 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                          Single Fare, Brooklyn, New York.


                          Metpaint, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


2009                  Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


                          Take Home a Nude, Juried, New York Academy of Art Fundraiser, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.


                          3rd Annual Summer Exhibition, Juried by Eric Fischl, Michael Flowers, and Anne Strauss. New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.


2008                  Southeastern Louisiana University Senior Exhibition, Juried, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Visual Arts Department Student Juried Exhibition, Invitational, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern

                          Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2007                  Currents, Visual Arts Society Juried student show, St. John’s Coffee Shop, Covington, Louisiana.


                          Guerrilla Show, Guerrilla Gallery in Clark Hall, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Ice Cream Social, Guerrilla Gallery in Clark Hall, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Salon des Refuses, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          42nd Annual Juried Show, Juried by Ke Francis, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, Louisiana.


                            Visual Arts Department Student Juried Exhibition, Juried by Greg Elliot, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                             Life is Art / Art is Love, Visual Arts Society Juried student show, Southeastern Sims Memorial Library, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2006                  Inside/Out, Visual Arts Society Juried student show, Hammond Eastside Apartments, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Louisiana Heart Hospital Show, Juried by John Bullard, Louisiana Heart Hospital, Lacombe, Louisiana.


                          Figural, Visual Arts Society Juried student show, Hammond Eastside Apartments, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Visual Arts Department Student Juried Exhibition, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Temporality Through Technology, Visual Arts Society Juried student show, Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond, Louisiana.


2005                  Social Wars, Visual Arts Society Juried student show. Southeastern Sims Memorial Library, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Advanced Drawing Show, The Greenbean Coffee Bar, Hammond, Louisiana.



COMMISSIONS


2007                  Portrait of Dr. Larry Crain, former President, Southeastern Louisiana University. Part of the Past Presidents Collection in the Sims Memorial Library, Hammond, Louisiana.


2007                  Art work of antique Wurlitzer band organ for City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.



ARTIST LECTURES


2016                  “Now and Then” Panel Discussion with Peter Drake, Audrey Flack, Michael Grimaldi, and Alia Nour, New York Academy

                          of Art, New York, New York.


2014                  Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2010                  Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2007                  Mandeville High School, Fine Arts Survey class, Mandeville, Louisiana.


2006                  Northshore High School, Fine Arts Survey class, Slidell, Louisiana.

     


BIBLIOGRAPHY


2017                  “WTF Special Exhibition at ArtPalmBeach 2018,” Miami Art Scene, October 22, 2017.

                         < http://www.themiamiartscene.com/wtf-special-exhibition-at-artpalmbeach/>


                         Sebastian, Jonathan, “Heidi Elbers,” The New York Optimist, October 14, 2017.

                          <https://www.thenewyorkoptimist.net/heidi-elbers-fine-art.html>


                          Grimm, Christie, “11 Must-See Pieces at the Southampton Arts Center,” Guest of a Guest, July 27, 2017.

                          <http://guestofaguest.com/hamptons/art/11-must-see-pieces-at-the-hamptons-art-show>


                          Eckardt, Stephanie, “A First Look at Some Eclectic Faces in the Hamptons, From Cindy Sherman to Leonardo DiCaprio,” W Magazine, July 22, 2017.

                          <https://www.wmagazine.com/gallery/new-york-academy-of-art-portrait-exhibition-southampton/all>     


                          Menendez, Didi, “Woman as Warrior,” Poets and Artists, August 2017, Issue 87.

                          <https://www.poetsandartists.com/download/woman-as-warrior-pa87>

     

                          Elbers, Heidi, “Christina as Warrior,” Poets and Artists, July 20, 2017.

                          <https://www.poetsandartists.com/magazine/2017/7/20/christina-boomer-vazquez-woman-as-warrior>


                          Menendez, Didi, “The New Feminists,” Poets and Artists, May 2017, Issue 84.

                          <http://cargocollective.com/menendez/The-New-Feminists>


                          Menendez, Didi, “Best of the Web 11Feb2017,” Poets and Artists, February 11, 2017.

                          <https://www.poetsandartists.com/magazine/2017/2/11/the-hummingbird-chronicles-best-of-the-web-11feb2017>


                           Menendez, Didi, “15 Figurative Artists We are Watching on Instagram,” Poets and Artists, February 9, 2017.

                          <https://www.poetsandartists.com/magazine/2017/2/9/25-figurative-artists-we-are-watching-on-instagram>


                           Lexington, Trek, “Trek Lexington in Conversation with Heidi Elbers,” The Blue Review, February 5, 2017.

                          <https://thebluereview.net/2017/02/05/interview-with-heidi-elbers/>


                           Menendez, Didi, “The Male Muse,” Poets and Artists, February 2017, Issue 82.

                           <https://www.poetsandartists.com/store/the-male-muse-pa-82>


                           Maidman, Daniel, “The Male Muse,” Huffington Post, January 29, 2017.

                           <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-maidman/the-male-muse_b_14478132.html>


                           Menendez, Didi, “Figurative Artists to Follow on Instagram,” Poets and Artists, January 14, 2017.

                           <https://www.poetsandartists.com/magazine/2017/1/14/figurative-artists-to-follow-on-instagram>


                           Webster, Andrew, “Ok, Ladies, Now Let’s Get in ‘Formation,’” Fine Art Connoisseur. January 12, 2017.

                           <http://fineartconnoisseur.com/2017/01/ok-ladies-now-lets-get-in-formation/>


                           Menendez, Didi, “Formation,” Poets and Artists, January 2017, Issue 80.

                           <http://www.poetsandartists.com/store/formation-pa80>


                           Menendez, Didi, “Figurative Painters 2016 Edition,” Poets and Artists, December 19, 2016, Issue 79.

                           <http://www.poetsandartists.com/store/figurative-painters-2016-edition>


2016                  Menendez, Didi, “Formation: Meet the Artists,” Poets and Artists, December 16, 2016.

                           <http://www.poetsandartists.com/magazine/2016/12/16/formation-meet-the-artists>

            

                           Maidman, Daniel, “Point of Origin,” Huffington Post, October 27, 2016.

                           <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-maidman/point-of-origin_b_12680252.html>


                           Tucker, Matthew, “These Artists Have Turned Their Palettes Into Stunning Paintings,” Buzzfeed, October 19,

                           2016. <https://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewtucker/these-artists-have-turned-their-palettes-into-stunning-paint?

                           utm_term=.cj1oKxVgm#.jhBlQ910b>


                           Breaux, Adrienne, “The Secret to Buying Affordable Original Art That's Been Under Your Nose This Whole Time,”

                          ApartmentTherapy.com, April 15, 2016.

                               <http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-secret-to-buying-affordable-original-art-thats-been-under-your-nose-this-whole-time-230345>


2015                  Carlson, Jeffrey, “Best Of the New York Academy of Art -- Past & Present,” Fine Art Connoisseur. June 25, 2015.

                          <http://www.fineartconnoisseur.com/Best-Of-the-New-York-Academy-of-Art-Past-Present/21674897>


2014                  Dressler, Jade, “New Art + Life Trips, Trends + Throbs: 9 Best of 2014,” TheJadeDress.com, December 21, 2014.

                          <http://thejadedress.com/2014/12/21/new-artlife-trips-trendsthrobs-9-best-of-2014/>


2013                  Meade, Maggie, “Creating an Academy Community in Bushwick,” New York Academy of Art Blog. June 18, 2013.

                          <http://newyorkacademyofart.blogspot.com/2013/06/creating-academy-community-in-bushwick.html>


                          Butler, Sharon, “More painting IRL: Bushwick Open Studios, part 2,” Two Coats of Paint. June 3, 2013.

                          <http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2013/06/more-painting-irl-bushwick-open-studios.html>


2011                  Byron, Leila, “Meet Heidi Elbers.” un’sty’edDESIGNS. February 3, 2011.     

                          <http://www.unstyleddesigns.info/2011/02/meetheidi-elbers.html>


                          Dote, Mike, “30 Under 30: A Redefinition of Beauty,” GALO Magazine. September 27, 2011.

                          <http://www.galomagazine.com/expressions/30-under-30-a-redefinition-of-beauty/>

     

                          Drake, Peter. “Daily Featured Cards.” Single-Fare Blogspot. March 26, 2011.

                          <http://singlefare.blogspot.com/2011_03_26_archive.html>

     

                           Vartanian, Hrag, “Bushwick Open Studios Continues to Grow but at What Cost?” The Brooklyn Rail. July-August 2011. <http://brooklynrail.org/2011/07/artseen/bushwick-open-studios-continues-to-grow-but-at-what-cost>


                           Vartanian, Hrag, “Musings & Images from the 2011 Bushwick Open Studios,” Hyperallergic. September 13, 2011. <http://hyperallergic.com/26261/2011-bushwick-open-studios/>


2010                  Corkern, Abbie. “Visual Artists Return to Campus Home.” Lion’s Roar. November 11, 2010.

                          <http://www.lionsroarnews.com/a-e/visual-artists-return-to-campus-home-1.1771637>


Cox, Paul. “BETA Spaces: We Do This All the Time.” BushwickBK.com. November 16, 2010.  

<http://bushwickbk.com/2010/11/16/beta-spaces-we-do-this-all-the-time/>


Goldman, Sam and Perruci, James. “Arts In Bushwick’s BETA Spaces Gives Resident Artists A Sense Of Community.” Ridgewood Times. November 18, 2010. < http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/news/2010-11-18/Arts_(and)_Leisure/Arts_In_Bushwicks_BETA_Spaces_Gives__Resident_Arti.html>


2008                  Ellzey, Donna. HammondStar.com. May 19, 2008. <http://www.hammondstar.com/articles/2008/09/02/top_stories/9289.txt>


                          Moore, Elizabeth. “Unique Gala Brings Artwork to Life.” The Times Picayune. March 14, 2008. <http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-2/120552361639320.xml&coll=1>


2007                  Narro, Amber. “Southeastern Louisiana Art Fair.”  NOLA.com. November 8, 2007.  <http://blog.nola.com/SELU/2007/11/southeastern_louisiana_art_fan.html>



HONORS & AWARDS


2016                  New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader in Arts Administration


2009                  Academy Service Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York.     


2008                  Gail Hood Scholarship Award in Painting, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Art History paper, “Kandinsky and Visual Music,” published in The Pick, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


       The Helen Entrikin Art Scholarship Award, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2005-2008         Holly and Smith, Architects, Inc. Excellence in Visual Arts and Music Scholarship, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          President’s List, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2007                  Second and Third Place- Currents, Visual Arts Society student show, St. John’s Coffee Shop, Covington, Louisiana.


                          Pop Tart Award: Best Figure Painting, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University,                           

                          Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Best in Painting, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, Visual Arts Department Student Juried Exhibition, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          Best in Show- Life is Art / Art is Love, Visual Arts Society juried show, Southeastern Sims Memorial Library, Southeastern

                          Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2006                  Second Place- Inside/Out, Visual Arts Society juried show, Hammond Eastside Apartments, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          First Place- Painting, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery. Visual Arts Department Student Juried Exhibition,

                          Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


                          First Place- Drawing, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery. Visual Arts Department Student Juried Exhibition,

                          Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.


2005                  First Place- Book cover design (painting) for a novel.


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