Heather Hart is an interdisciplinary artist who fuses fabricated and historical belief systems to produce works of art that invite people to participate and engage by bringing their own frames of reference and ideas. Hart was an artist-in-residence at LMCC Workspace, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts among others. She has received grants from Joan Mitchell Foundation, Harpo Foundation, Harvestworks, Jerome Foundation, the Awesome Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Hart studied at Cornish College of the Arts and Princeton University, and received her MFA from Rutgers University.
Hart’s immersive installations activate landscapes and endeavor to connect with African American history and identity. Often referencing home, her architectural forms mix with family and oral histories, multiple narratives, and challenge audiences to move from passive to active participation. Hart visited Dr. Smith’s site in 2016 and immediately found kinship with his activist spirit. Her site-specific installation encourages viewers to actively engage with heritage and identity and to seek ways of communicating with each other.