Heather Shirin CV

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From Asheville, NC
Born: May 23rd, 1975


The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston 1999 - 2005
University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1993-1997

B.F.A. Painting
Art History Minor
Cum Laude, GPA 3.9

Encaustic Workshop - 310 Art Gallery, River’s Edge Studios
Newton Continuing Education - Children’s Book Illustration
DeCordova Museum – Watercolors, Figure Drawing, Still Life Painting
La Napoule Fine Art Program, France and Italy
Kelly Rae Roberts - Flying Lessons (Ecourse on Managing an Art Business)


Currently represented by 2 Rules Fine Art 

2017               Solo Show, "Following the Stars to Freedom", Lexington Ave Brewery, Asheville NC
2016               Solo Show, "Just Breathe", Lexington Ave Brewery, Asheville NC
2015               Solo Show, "Adieu", Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery, Asheville NC
2015               Solo Show, "She Keeps Me Warm", Eclipse Salon, Asheville NC
2014               Solo Show, "Keeping You Inside", Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem
2014               Guest Artist, Zapow Gallery, Asheville NC
2014               Fundraiser, "Heart of Horse Sense", Zuma's Marshall NC
2014               Solo Show, "The Unwritten Lyrics", 2 Rules Fine Art Gallery, Marietta GA                       
                       (as seen in American Art Collector Magazine April 2014 issue)
2014               Group Show - Naked: An Unfiltered Look At The Artist’s Interpretation Of The Nude Human                   
                       Form,  Delurk Gallery, Winston Salem NC
2013               Solo Show "Hidden Away" The Updraft Gallery, Asheville NC
2013               Group Show - Special Volunteer Exhibition for the National Association of Women Artists NAWA Fine Art                           Gallery, 80 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011, September 2013                                                                2013               Blick Fine Art - Featured Artist of the Month, August 2013
2013               Represented by Gallery Asheville, Asheville, NC
2013               Solo Show,  “Heather Shirin” Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park Hotel, Asheville, NC
2013               Juried Group Show “The Women of NAWA Exposed” (National Association of Women Artists)  GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading PA                                                                                      
2013               Solo Show, “Silence of the Heart” The Cliffs Club House, Asheville, NC
2013               Solo Show, "Art Nouveau Portraits" Adorn Boutique, Asheville, NC
2012 - 2013    Represented by Desert Moon Design Studios and Gallery, River Arts District, Asheville NC
2012               Solo Show, "Dolce Far Niente" Working Girls Studios and Gallery, Asheville, NC
2012               Group Show, Arts2People Artists Salon, Asheville, NC
2012               Solo Show, "Playing Love" Adorn Boutique, Asheville, NC
2010-2012      Represented by Seven Sisters Gallery, Black Mountain, NC
2010-2011      Represented by Woolworths Walk Fine Art Gallery, Asheville, NC
2009-2012      Represented by Diamond Thieves, Asheville NC
2009-2011      Represented by The Kress Emporium, Asheville, NC
2010               Solo Show, True Blue Art, Asheville, NC  - Artist of the Month
2010               Bele Chere Festival, Asheville, NC
2008 - 2009    Represented by The Night Gallery, Plymouth, MA
1997               BFA Senior Thesis Solo Show, Amherst Deli, Amherst MA

Teaching Experience

2013   A Touch of Gold! Gold Leaf - Mixed Media Gilding Techniques, 310 Art Gallery, River Arts District, Asheville NC
2013   Digital Imaging for Artists, Asheville Area Arts Council, River Arts District, Asheville NC
2013   Art Nouveau Portraiture Class, 310 Art Gallery, River Arts District, Asheville NC
2011   Media Collage Painting Workshops, 310 Art Gallery, River Arts District, Asheville NC
2008   Mixed Media Collage Painting Workshop for Beginners, Private Studio Classes, Newton MA
1997   Cartooning for Children,  The Art Store, Natick MA
1997   Caricatures, Cartooning and Illustration for Young Adults,  The Art Store, Natick MA 

Gallery & Sales Experience

2013 -2014    310 Art Gallery, Asheville NC - Graphic & Web Design, Instructor
2013 - 2014   Artetude Gallery, Asheville NC - Graphic & Web Design, Gallery Associate
2013    The Updraft Gallery, Asheville NC  Sales Associate and Gallery Manager
2013    Gallery Minerva, Asheville NC Marketing and Design
2012Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery, Asheville NC Web and Graphic Designer - Studio Demos
2012Asheville Area Arts Council - The Artery Gallery, Asheville NC Web and Graphic Designer - Council Member, Instructor
2012    Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville NC Volunteer - Worked for Curator and Adult Programs Manager2001-2011SiteImages.com Creative Director - Full Time Career in Graphic, Web and Mobile Design, Boston MA
1997-1999The Art Store, Natick MA Sales Associate - Instructor


Illustrated a Children’s Book:  Alex and the Amazing Recurring Nose Goblins
Author: Richard Gerardi. Illustrated by Heather Shirin.

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Collaboration with Kitty Love, Executive Director of the Asheville Area Arts Council for "I Will Rise" 60 x 30"
Mixed Media painting for Arts Council's Annual Fundraiser, The Tangerine Ball, Asheville 2012.


2013 Private Art Commission, “Rice Engineering Owl”,  Acrylic and mixed media on birch panel, Rice University, Polymer Science and Engineering Department at Rice University, Houston TX

2001 Private Design Commission, “ThePerfect Mirror”, Digital Art for Grant Proposal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (M.I.T)  Boston MA

Juried Member of the National Association of Women Artists

“Heather is an accomplished artist who is very passionate about her work. Her ability to inspire that spark in others through her teaching and demonstrations is unique and makes her both fun and helpful to work with. Her ideas are fresh and her knowledge of the latest technologies and tools allow her to create impressive designs for a broad range of products and occasions. I enjoy working with Heather and would recommend her as both a creative artist and graphic designer.”

- Leigh Williams


All artwork is signed H. Shirin