Heather Ujiie channels elements of fantasy into her creative and innovative work, while also maintaining a connection with reality.
CreativeMornings Philadelphia explored and celebrated fantasy in November with Heather Ujiie. As an artist, designer, and educator at Moore College of Art and Design, Heather has channeled elements of fantasy into her creative and innovative work, while also maintaining a connection with reality.
About the speaker
Heather Ujiie grew up in a loft in Greenwich Village, New York City, to a family of artist- educators, and her artistic career has been informed by a lively bohemian childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Art from the State University of New Paltz, New York, Art- Education Certification from Brooklyn College, and an Associate’s Degree in Surface Textile Print Design, from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Heather Ujiie currently lives in Bucks County, PA and serves as an Interdisciplinary Assistant professor, teaching across disciplines in art & design at Moore College of Art & Design. She is both an artist and a designer, and her professional design experience includes designing for dance, theatre, and textile print design in New York City. She has received numerous awards including most recently the Franz & Virginia Bader Award, selection in The Winterthur Museum Artist Residency program, and the Wind Challenge Award Solo Exhibition, at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial Museum. Heather Ujiie’s textile installation work has been exhibited nationally at The Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey, The Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, and The Print Center in Philadelphia. She was also nominated for a CEVA fellowship award. (Center for Emerging Visual Artists). Her work has also been included in exhibitions in the Cleveland Museum of Art, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Delaware Art Museum and The Philadelphia International Airport. Heather Ujiie has over 15 years of experience designing printed textiles for the high-end Home Furnishing market, including, among others, Maharam, Schumacher, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Stroheim & Romann, Kravet and Waverly in New York City. Her commercial printed textile designs have had numerous clients, such as The White House, private residence for President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Washington D.C. Her textile print design is currently represented by Flavor paper in New York, http://www.flavorpaper.com/ a high-end textile wall-covering company for modern interiors.
She was recently interviewed on WHYY in the following broadcast:
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