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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Lee Heinen

Home 12402 Mayfield Road County: Cuyahoga
Cleveland Heights Ohio 44106 United States
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Lee Heinen was born and received her early education in New Jersey.  She began university on a full scholarship at Douglass, the Women’s College of Rutgers University and finished her BA (cum laude) at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has studied painting and drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art and art history at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Extensive travel, study in Maine with Wolf Kahn and several winters at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico has expanded her horizon.

Lee is an Archived Artist of the Western Reserve. Some awards that she has received are the Ohio Governor’s Spotlight Award 2015, an Ohio Arts Council Award for Excellence FY 2017 and in 2018 she was honored by the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve with a show “Tangible Moments: The Legacy of Lee Heinen” at Moreland Courts, Cleveland, Ohio.

Collections in which she is represented include Google Inc. in Dublin, Ireland; Eaton Corporation, University Hospitals, The Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga County Administration Building in Cleveland, OH; Summa Health, Hilton Hotel, Ronald MacDonald House in Akron, OH; BF Goodrich in Charlotte, NC; PNC Bank in Pittsburg, PA; Bank of America in Wilmington, DE; Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, MN.  Her work is also held in many private collections around the U.S.

Lee has been represented by Harris Stanton Gallery and its predecessor Evelyne Schaffer Gallery for 35 years.  Going forward she will be shown at art fairs, on Harris Stanton’s online gallery, Instagram and Saatchionline






Artist Statement

With “Tuning Up” I have wandered out of my minimalist lane and moved back in time. Many people like to categorize, to organize by type or style, but I see no reason to confine myself to one point of view. Different ideas can be valid at the same time and an individual artist does not represent only one idea—-witness Gerhard Richter.
Ten years ago I painted a diptych, primarily inspired by Joan Mitchell’s work. It was a singular experiment, after which I continued working in a more reductive direction. Recently, my friend Mary Louise Hahn saw this earlier painting and asked me to do another in this vein for her. I was challenged to return to the head space of 10 years ago. But I am glad I did, because I realize that this experience is going to impact my future paintings as I start to incorporate ideas and materials I had set aside. This new phase is quite the opposite of my figurative pieces. Anything that adheres to canvas is a potential material—-palette scrapings, salvaged ribbons, scraps of paper, wire mesh, cheese cloth and buttons from my mother’s button box. “Tuning Up” began with a floral idea and evolved into a slightly dissonant musical theme. As in life, the unknown destination keeps art interesting.



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