Professor of Filmmaking and Photography
Diana Heise is a multidisciplinary research-based artist, whose practice engages filmmaking, photography, writing, performance and social practice. She embeds herself in ecological contexts and cultural practices to produce aesthetic experiences that unpack the effects of colonization, including the colonization of the female body, global history as told by oppressors and ecocide, in hopes of attuned regeneration. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including the Brooklyn Museum, Film Anthology Archives, Arsenale of Venice, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Cantor Art Center, Institut Français de Maurice, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, and Des Moines Art Center, among others.
She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts to Mauritius, a Performance Art Fund Grant from the Franklin Furnace Inc. as well as a Presidential Fellowship at the American University in Cairo. She has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, The Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Open Wabi and the Wassaic Project. Diana Heise has spoken about her work at venues such as the Parsons School of Art and Design, Stanford University and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Her scholarly writing has been published in anthologies including Connecting Continents, Ohio University Press, Local and Global Art Histories, Cambridge Scholars Printing and Ephemeral Coast: Visualizing Coastal Climate Change, Vernon Press. She holds a MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY and a BA in Art History from Vassar College. She lives and works in Kansas City, MO and North Hero, VT.