Self-Portrait as Emergency Shipwright, 2013
Oil on canvas
Original size: 60 x 84 in
Photographer: Susan Alzner
Sky is Falling deals with an imagined landscape after calamities like Hurricane Sandy and the BP oil spill. Heffernan has invented alternative habitats, mechanisms for storing food and things we can’t live without - like water and books - as we confront inevitable changes to our lives and habits as the realities of climate change and its effects on people all over the globe make themselves more evident every year.
Julie Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She received her MFA at Yale School of Art in 1985. Heffernan has been exhibiting her paintings actively throughout the United States since 1988 and is currently represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA; and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. A version of her most recent 2013 solo exhibition at PPOW Gallery entitled Sky is Falling began at the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles in 2012, and then travelled from the Palo Alto Cultural Center to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California in 2013-14.
In 2011 Heffernan was inducted into the National Academy Museum in New York, and has been the recipient of many awards including a MacDowell Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a Fullbright-Hayes Grant. In 2009 she was invited to be the Guest Artist at BAM and was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.