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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Richard Heipp
School of Art + Art History

Professor and Interim Director
T: 273-3021

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801

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Research Interests:

Painting Installations Site-specific Public art

Research Summary:

I create public art projects that are site, and what I refer to as “user –specific.” These artworks speak directly to a specific visual and conceptual vocabulary relating to the users of the facility. The projects involve the integration analogue and digital technology with hand crafted and commercially fabricated production processes. In my personal museum and gallery work, I have been involved with the intersection of technology and vision with artistic production. I have created the term “photocentric” to describe my carefully crafted airbrushed paintings. I am interested in the way we "see" and the manner in which contemporary culture consumes images.


Cleveland Institute of Art, Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting. 1976
University of Washington, Master of Fine Arts, Painting. 1979


Recent Solo exhibitions:
2007 “More Paintings Like Pictures,” Duncan Gallery of Art, Stetson University, Deland, FL.
2006 “Paintings Like Pictures, Pictures Like Paintings” Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL.
2002 “Selected Works 1984-2001”, John Sloan Gallery, Loch Haven University of PA.
2000 “The Electric Image,” Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL. Recent Public Art Commissions
2007 Smather’s Library Expansion, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2005 North Lauderdale Public Library, Broward County, Florida
2004 Davis Conference Center, Mac Dill Air Force Base, Tampa FL
2004 Florida Atlantic University, Tower II, Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Campus - $45,000.00.

Selected Works:

2001/1997/1995, New American Paintings, Open Studio Press, Needham, Massachusetts


2002, 1998, 1989, 1983, Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.
1997, Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship Painting.


2007/08, College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
2006, Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award. SECAC, Southeastern College Arts Association.
1999/2001, Research Foundation Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
1996, College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


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