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Heidi Kayser 
Lives and Works in Los Angeles


MFA University of California, San Diego

BFA Massachusetts College of Art


2015 Come Back To Me, VAF Gallery, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA
2014 Seen and Not Heard, VAF Gallery, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA
2013 Tell Me My Name in the Morning, 452 Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2010 Cell-f, Arnheim Gallery, Boston, MA
Encapsicum, Midway Studios, Boston, MA
2006 Relentless, Artists Foundation Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 DIY Confessional, Tower Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Two Person:
2013 Very Comfortable, with Tim Murdoch, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
2010 Incidents and Reflections, with Tim Murdoch, Shiltkamp Gallery, Worcester, MA
2009 They Believed Every Word, with Sarah Rushford, Melli Finelli Gallery, Boston, MA


2017 Material Mortality, Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA
Material Mortality: New Video Works, LAST Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Tote Your Float: Deconstructed Parade, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Burden of Selfhood, IDEAS Series, Qualcomm Institute, San Diego, CA
Nasty Women, Helmuth Projects San Diego, CA
2017 CUSP, House of Blues, San Diego, CA
2016 (Re)Formations, JTHAR Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA
2015 Con(Text):Rethinking Text in Art, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Noise: Error in the Void, CALit2, San Diego, CA
GLAMFA 2015, Cal State University, Long Beach, CA.
2014 Summer Job, Pendergrast Gallery, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Mux Demux. Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA.
Crater, Alternativa Once Galeria, Monterrey, Nueva Leon, Mexico
Box Has Six Sides, Bizkai Aretoa, Bilbao, Spain
2013 Sincerely Yours, 452 Gallery, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Carried Array, Rotunda Gallery, Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA
2012 Alumni Award Exhibition, Presidents Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2011 Mind the Gap, Gallery 5533, Istanbul, Turkey
Faculty Exhibition, Janotta Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA
New Media, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
You are my sunshine, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Boston, MA
You hold it in your mind all the time, Art at 12 Gallery, Boston, MA
Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Figment Festival, Boston and Governor’s Island, New York, NY
Chain Letter, Shosana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art All State Faculty Show, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Flourish, Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA
CC16:fluid, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Boston, MA
Mentoring, Art at 12 Gallery, Boston, MA
Off Hours, President’s Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Identity Element, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Boston, MA
2010 Keeping Icarus, Mobius Art Center, Boston, MA
2009 Alternate Currents, FPAC Gallery, Boston, MA
Collision El Ocho, Art Interactive, Boston, MA
2005 The Body, Godine Gallery, Boston, MA
Phenomena, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Godine Gallery, Boston, MA
El Gallito Bueno, Zebulon, Brooklyn, New York
Cosmos:Culture, Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA
AVI, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2004 Art and Science, Red Tail Collective, Boston, MA
The Overhung Show, Oni Gallery, Boston, MA
Aviate NYC: MOVE Multimedia Showcase, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY



Keep Moving (Redux)
Durational, participatory performance with wearable sculptures, Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Fashion performance with remote-controlled inflatable blimps, at House of Blues, San Diego, CA


Durational performance for 360 Virtual Reality Video, Clark Dry Lake, Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Durational performance for video at Casa Conejo, Pioneertown, CA

10 minute performance for video at Noah Purifoy Outdoor Musuem, Joshua Tree, CA

30 minute performance at Noah Purifoy Outdoor Musuem, Joshua Tree, CA


A Fashion Film by Heidi Kayser and Ava Porter

Wound Up an Waiting
With Angela Jennings and Veronica Santiago
Videography by Stefani Byrd and Lyndsay Bloom

The Cutting Edge
A Performance for Video Installation
Cinematography and editing by Stefani Byrd, Performance by Heidi Kayser

A Video by Aitor Lajarin, Performance by Heidi Kayser


The Epic of Gilgamesh
A Film by Heidi Kayser and Elmira Mohebali

A Seven-channel Video and Sound installation
Sound and Video by Ava Porter and Yvette Jackson, Performance by Heidi Kayser

The Remodeling Project
A month-long daily performance on a floating platform in Boston Harbor, Boston, MA


Each Foot Passes, Cahoon Hollow Beach, Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA

The Double Failure of Icarus, Bumpkin Island, Boston Harbor

Keep Moving, Figment Festival, New York City, NY


So She Floats
A film by Deb Todd Wheeler
Performance by Heidi Kayser, Cinemtography by Georgie Friedman and Allison Layton

The Crane Wife, Mobius Art Center, Boston, MA

Grants and Awards:

2017 IDEAS Grant for Visualization Wall, Qualcomm Institute, San Diego, CA
2017 sIREN: Arts and Digital Practices Conference, (Invited), University of Edinburgh, Scotland
2015 Research Fellowship, University of California San Diego
IDEAS Grant for Recombinant Media Lab, CA Institute for Telecommunications and Technology
2014 Russell Foundation Grant
2013 Graduate Research Grant, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts
2012 Foster Prize, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, (nominated)
2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, Massachusetts College of Art
Floating Art Grant, Fort Point Artists Community
2010 Solo Exhibition Award, Arnheim Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art
Public Art Grant, New England Foundation for the Arts
2005 UrbanArts Public Art Grant


“Heidi Kayser photographed for Remodeling Project”, Best of Entertainment, Getty Images
Greg Wayland, “Artistic Vision in Performance Art”, Live TV Interview/Featured Segment, New England Cable Network, 2012
Adam Ragusea, “Artist Stakes Out Plot of Paradise”, RadioBoston Live, National Public Radio, 2012
Cate McQuaid, “A Vision of Hope Floating on the Water”, Featured Story, Boston Globe, May 2012
Elysian McNiff, “Public Art: Preparing for the Next Chapter”, Art New England, March 2013
James Manning, “Full Circle with Heidi Kayser”, Big Red and Shiny Arts Journal, December 2012
Cate McQuaid, “Breaking Down Sound”, Boston Globe, September 2011
Paul Grignon, “Revealing Memories,” Worcester Magazine, November 2010
Gwen Walsh, “Reflections of Perceptions and Time,” Scarlet Review, October 2010
Cate McQuaid, “Adrift on a Sea of Our Own Making”, Boston Globe, June 2010
Cate McQuaid, “Stop Motion Discourse”, Boston Globe, March 2010
Matt Nash, “Axiomatic: Heidi Kayser & Phaedra Shanbaum”, Big Red and Shiny Arts Journal, April 2007
Grace Consoli, “Fresh Paint, New Media: The Historic and the Contemporary, Art New England, May 2007


2016 Brush Creek Ranch Artist Residency (Stipend), Brush Creek,WY
2016 Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Stipend), Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA
2015 Experimental Drawing Studio, UC San Diego, La Jolla,CA
2011 Cape Cod Modern House Trust Artist & Scholar Residency, Cape Cod, MA
2011 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment (Stipend), National Parks, Boston Harbor, Hull, MA
2010 Artist in Residence for year 2010-2011 (Stipend), Urbano Project, Boston, MA
2005 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, (Scholarship) Deer Isle, Maine


Professional Experience:

2017  Art Director, Interactive Media for E-learning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, CA

2012-2015 Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

• Taught classes in Studio Arts, Upper division Digital Media Arts, and writing classes in the Culture, Art and Technology program

2011 Adjunct Professor, Visual Arts Department, Smith College, Northampton, MA

2011-12 Teaching Artist, Art All State Program, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2010-11 Adjunct Professor, Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston

2003 Machine Science Program for Art and Technology, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA

2009-2012 Associate Director, Boston Cyberarts, Inc. Boston, MA

2005-2012 Director, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Boston, MA

2006-2009 Interactive Multimedia Exhibit Developer, Chedd-Angier-Lewis Productions/Media Group, Boston, MA

Public Presentations:
2017 Panel Discussion: Burden of Selfhood, IDEAS Series, Qualcomm Institute, San Diego, CA
2014 Paper:Refashioning Ourselves: Experiments in Interstitial Identity, PAMLA Conference, San Diego, CA
2014 Guest Lecture, History of Digital Animation, Digital Poetics class, UCSD, San Diego, CA
2014 Guest Lecture, Cyber Theory class, California State University at San Marcos, San Marcos, CA
2013 Paper:Refashioning Ourselves, Audacious Speculations Conference, Calit2, UCSD, San Diego, CA
2013 Guest lecture: Remediating the Body, Culture, Art, Technology Program, UCSD, San Diego, CA
2012 Pecha Kucha Talk, MIT Collision Collective, Boston, MA
2011 Lecture on Art and Alternative Spaces, MFA Graduate Seminar, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2011 Artists Talk, Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2011 Artists Talk, Art All State Program, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
2011 Artists Talk, You Hold it in Your Mind All the Time, Art at 12 Gallery, Boston, MA
2010 Artists Talk, Incidents and Reflections, Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University, Worcester, MA
2009 Art and Science: A Symbiosis, Panelist with Dana Moser, Nita Sturiale, John Holland and Gail Wight

Visiting Appointments:

2012 Guest Judge, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Marquee Competition, Boston, MA
2011 Guest Judge, IBM Innovation Awards, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, MA
2011 Portfolio Reviewer, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
2011 Portfolio Reviewer, Transcultural Exchange Conference, Boston, MA
2010 Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2009 Visiting Artist, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
2009 Season Guest Curator, FPAC Gallery, Boston, MA
2009 Curatorial Advisor, Gallery 360, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2008 Visiting Artist, Massachusetts College of Art
2008 Portfolio Reviewer, Photographic Resource Center @ Boston University, Boston, MA
2007 Visiting Curator, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2006 Guest Juror, Annual Exhibition: I Had the Strangest Dream, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA
2005 Judge, All School Show, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Associations, Initiatives and Working Groups:

2015 College Art Association, Member
2015 Catalyst Lab, Directed by Lisa Cartwright, UC San Diego, CA
2014 Digital Humanities SoCal, Member
2014 BioArt Working Group, Led by Ursula Damm, Bauhaus-Weimer University, Weimer, Germany
2014 Material Culture Working Group, Led by Elizabeth Newsome and Norman Bryson, UC San Diego
2014 Fem Tech Net, Member
2014 HASTAC, Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Technology Alliances Collaboratory, Member
2014 Experimental Sculpture and Painting Studio, Led by Jennifer Pastor & Ruben Ortiz-Torres, UCSD
2012 Digital Humanities Research Group, Led by Jessica Pressman, Center for Humanities, UCSD