In My Shoes M.A. Exhibition
M.A. in Visual Communications by Heather Ford
at Peoria Civic Center Phoenix Community Development Services "Gimme Shelter" Event.
Looking Good Exhibition
Fort Lauderdale, FL
My artworks “Marginalized Gender Identities” and "Beauty in All Genders" were selected to exhibit at the "Looking Good Exhibition". The exhibition invited designers and artists to submit works that examine the idea of “Looking Good.”
Ronald McDonald House Permanent Collection
My artwork “They Bring Hope” was selected to be displayed at the Peoria, IL Ronald McDonald House Art Gala included in the art collection of the Peoria Ronald McDonald House family suites.
Giving Hand Sculpture
Big Picture Street Festival
At the Big Picture Festival, I created a hand sculpture with help from the Peoria community members with non-perishable food donations to the Peoria Area Food Bank. The sculpture's form was created before the event. On the day of the festival, I worked with the Peoria Area Food Bank team and community members to place the donated goods into the sculpture. The sculpture developed a sense of pride and provided needs to Peoria.
Keys of Hope
Phoenix Community Development Services
I installed a new artwork at the Phoenix Community Development Services in Peoria, IL. Each key that is placed on the piece represents the people housed with Phoenix each year. Those that have been housed with Phoenix will be finishing attaching all the keys in the coming two weeks to celebrate their growth.
Pressing for Change
United Methodist Church
The exhibit, "Pressing for Change," featured work that expressed compassionate, ethical, and humane social values. Art at the exhibition was a series of broadside prints at the United Methodist Church in Peoria, IL. The exhibit displayed concerns for growth, change, and a shift towards progressive values. I had seven works shown in the exhibition.
An exhibition of art and design from Bradley University advanced students.
Art with a Purpose Interactive Installation
An installation focused on providing a voice for the Peoria homeless. Through digital painting, letterpress, drawing, animation, and participation, this exhibit challenged the audience to face the needs in their community without blame or discrimination; it provided honest ways to communicate hardships and the space for those more fortunate to help.
Peoria Fine Art Fair Artist
Participated through the National Juried Selection.
"Rising Change" Exhibition
Ear in the Envelope
Gallery Cafe Exhibition
Disconcerting Grace Exhibition
Speak Easy Art Center
"26 Lessons in Being Good"
My broadside letterpress works are published in this book alongside other amazing artists to promote compassionate and humane social values. It began just after the 2016 election when these values seemed on the wane in public life. It was completed under the Coronavirus lock-down of 2020, and the images were created as a series of limited-edition broadside prints. They follow the form of what is sometimes termed an "abecedarian," a series of short mnemonic phrases and images associated with letters of the alphabet. In making the 26 selections, we strove to give a positive message and remind ourselves and others of the fundamental values that indicate a truly great America.