Heather Ujiie


Contact Information

hujiie@moore.edu

http://www.heatherujiie.com/

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Installation/Mixed Media

All digital print work is an integration of analog and digital processes. All images are hand-painted, and drawn, and than scanned, manipulated and digitally printed on various substrates.

Artist's Biography

Heather Ujiie is both an artist and designer, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Art from the State University of New Paltz, NY, Art Education Certification K-12 from Brooklyn College, and an Associates Degree in Textile Surface Design, from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has over 15 years of experience as a textile designer, designing printed textiles for the high-end home furnishing market including Schumacher, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Stroheim & Romann, Kravet and Waverly in New York City. Her commercial printed textile designs have had numerous clients, including The White House private residences for President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Washington D.C. She also has extensive costume design experience for experimental theater and Dance in N.Y.C.

Heather Ujiie’s artwork has recently won The Franz & Virginia Bader Grant, A Philadelphia Art Alliance Artist Grant, The Winterthur Museum artist residency, and exhibited in the prestigious Wind Challenge Award Exhibition 2009/10, at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial Museum. Her textile installation work is also on view in the permanent collection of textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio. Her installation artwork work has been included in exhibitions at The Racine Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art and The Philadelphia International Airport.

Born in Greenwich Village, New York City, Ujiie currently lives in Bucks County, Philadelphia. She serves as an adjunct faculty, teaching across disciplines in textiles, foundation, fine arts, fashion and interior design at Moore College of Art & Design and Philadelphia University.

Artist's Statement

In my current textile installation work, I strive to create large-scale allegorical narratives that utilize both analog and digital technology. I am interested in creating visual narratives that push the boundaries of identity in diverse living creatures and habitats. Much of my work evolves out of appropriation and transformation of historic and cultural iconography. Through color, scale and pattern, I strive to create a world of dualities depicting growth, beauty, loss and decay. I have drawn from 13th century Japanese woodblock prints depicting battles of samurai warriors, to 19th century Toile de Jouy hunting scenes illustrating latent violence. All my textile installation work is a synthesis of several methods of artistry, including hand painting, drawing, stitching and laser cutting, and printing with large-format digital printing technology. I am fascinated by the dichotomies within the human condition and nature. I hope my digitally printed textile installations ignite deep spiritual forays into the imagination, and generate personal reflection on what is hidden, whether it be our own personal demons, or our lust for life.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2014
Erotic Alchemy, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Colossal Cosmos, POST at University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Solo Series 2012: Summer, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2009 - 2010
Ninja Warrior Face-off: Wind Challenge Exhibition, Dene M. Loucheim Gallery, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Cry Wolf, Wilson Gallery, Moore of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2008 - 2009
Flight, Terminal C, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Wilson Gallery, Moore of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Two Person
2012
Temporal Topographies, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
with Andrea Gaydos Landau

Three Person
2013
Hybrid Erotic Print Collection, bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2015
Gender Weave, Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Contemporary Art, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2013
Well Hung, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Nature’s Mark: Printing on Fiber, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

2013
87th Annual international Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Prints Charming, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2011/12
Focus: Fiber 2011, Canton Museum of Art /The Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2010
Art of the State 2010, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Fabric Futures, Digital Textiles, Firehouse 13, Providence, RI

2008
Interrogating Beauty: Members Juried Exhibition, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

Focus: Fiber 2008, Textile Art Alliance of the The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2007
Triennial Faculty Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Visionary Women Award Ceremony, Wilson Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Window Installation, Joan Shepp, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Transient State: An Exhibition of Yardage, The Woven Fiber House, West Chester, PA

Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts, York, PA

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY

2004
Triennial Faculty Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

Emmons, Amze, "Heather Ujiie’s Erotic Alchemy," Printeresting, October 29, 2014

Brin, Joe, "On Heather Ujiie for the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival," Philadelphia Center for Architecture, November 5, 2014

Donohoe, Victor, "A quartet show artistry in Abington," The Inquirer, June 1, 2012

Brin, Joseph, "Queen of Hearts: Heather Ujiie," Metropolis, March 2, 2012

Wachunas, Tom, "The Tales We Weave (part 1)," Artwatch, December 28, 2011

Roca, Jose, "13 Days Out," Philagrafika, January 16, 2010

Professional Experience

2013 - present
Adjunct Professor, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Adjunct Professor, Print Design Program, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Costume Designer, "Giant Neuron Costume" for The Franklin Science Institute "Community Night"
in collaboration with Benjamin Volta, The Russell Byers Charter School, Moore College of Art & Design

2011 - 2014
Textile/Print Designer, Flavor Paper, Brooklyn, NY

2010 - 2013
Full-time Visiting Artist/Assistant Professor Textile Design, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2002 - 2014
Instructor, Inter-disciplinary courses, Moore College and Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Instructor, Textile Design & Digital Printing Summer Workshop, Anderson Ranch, Aspen, CO

2010 - 2014
Philadelphia University Graduate/Undergraduate Textile Print Program: Graduate Textile Studios

2010 and 2011
Instructor, Summer workshop "Digital Textile Design," Textile Museum, Washington, DC

2009
Instructor, Digital Textile Design Workshop, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2005 and 2007
Instructor, Digital Textile Design Workshop, The Split Rock Summer Workshop Program, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2001 - 2003
Instructor, Undergraduate: Foundation Design I & II, Foundation Drawing, Fashion Problem-solving, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

2000 and 2003
Instructor, Summer Workshop/Digital Textile Design, Surface Design Association Conference

2001
Instructor, Foundation Design I, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

1996 - 1999
Instructor, Textile Print Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

1993 - 2011
H.Ujiie Textile Design Studio, New York, NY and Bucks County, PA
Client List: Style Council / Peter Fasano / Travers (D&D Building), Stroheim & Romann, Inc.
Bloomcraft/ Cyrus Clark Company / FSC Wallcoverings (division of F. Schumacher & Co.)
P/Kaufman / Polo/Ralph Lauren /Schumacher / Springmaid /Sunbery Textiles /
Waverly (division of F. Schumacher & Co.)/ Dan River

1982 - 1988
Costume Design, Experimental theater, and Modern Dance, and Educational applications in New York and Philadelphia
Client List: The Julliard School of Performing Arts, Playwrights Horizons,
Z'eva Cohen Dance Company, Kenneth King and Company, Bryan Hayes and Dancers,
A Gay Men's Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Manhattan Theater Club,
First All Children's Theater, C.S.C. Classic Stage Company, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater

Awards and Honors

2015
Franz and Virginia Bader Grant

2014
Board of Trustees: Exhibition Award Grant, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Visual Artist Fellowship: Finalist Fellow Award, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty grant: NEXT FAB studio membership, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Winterthur Museum Artist Residency and Exhibition, Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE

Semifinalist, 87th Annual international Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2012
President’s Award, Focus: Fiber 2011, Textile Art Alliance of the The Cleveland Museum of Art and Canton Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Best in Show, Focus: Fiber 2011, Textile Art Alliance of the The Cleveland Museum of Art and Canton Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2010
Art of The State Award, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Faculty Development Grant Award, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2009 - 2010
Wind Challenge Award, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Faculty Development Grant Award, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Merit Teaching Award, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Surface Design Association Award of Excellence, Focus: Fiber 2008, Textile Art Alliance of the The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Collections

2008
Permanent Collection, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Commissions

2002
Original Wall covering commissioned for The First Lady’s Bedroom/ Hand-screen printed by Peter Fasano Inc, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, The White House, Washington DC

Publications

James, Mimi, “The New TechStyles,” Inside, The Jewish Lifestyle Magazine, Vol. 31, #3 Fall 2010, pgs. 48-53

Gustavson, Denise M., “Textiles ‘Hot’ In The Big Easy,” Digital Textile, Issue 5, 2009, World Textile Publications, page 30

Steele, Jeffrey, “Men of Cloth,” Wide-Format Imaging, November 2009, Cygnus Business Media Inc., Front cover/ pgs. 24-27

Bowles, Melanie and Isaac, Cari, Digital Textile Design, Lawrence King publishing, 2009, Chapter 1, pgs.18-19

Education

1999
Brooklyn College, New York, NY
Art Education Graduate Program /NYC and State Certification K-12 Art Ed.

1992
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Associate Degree, Applied Science/Textile Surface Print Design

1981
Suny, New Paltz, NY
BS, Visual Art