about the artist



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Heather McLeod is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her B.F.A. in Illustration and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. at the New York Academy of Art. She is also a recent recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research Award in Perugia, Italy.


Interested primarily in portraiture and representative work, Heather creates pieces with the intent of capturing the character of the figure portrayed. She favors oil painting, but enjoys experimenting in other mediums including charcoal, sculpture, collage, and printmaking. She has been featured in a number of exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe and has been the recipient of a number of art related awards.





Palazzo Gallenga, Più della Pittura, Perugia, Italy, June 18 – 24, 2018




The New York Academy of Art, Deck the Walls, December 12, 2019

The New York Academy of Art, Beneath Notice, October 25 – December 19, 2019

The New York Coffee Festival, The Coffee Art Project, New York, NY, October 11 – 13, 2019

Shain Gallery, Up-and-Coming Invitational, Charlotte, North Carolina, July 12 – 26, 2019

Ciel Gallery, I Spy, Charlotte, NC, October 6 – 28, 2017

Highline Stages, Single Fare 4, New York, NY, September 16 – 17, 2017

Woods Gerry Gallery, Senior Invitational, Providence, RI, June 3 – 4, 2016

RISD ISB Gallery, Cabinet of Curiosities, Providence, RI, April 26 – 30, 2016

Gelman Gallery, Image Landscapes: New Readings in Art, Design and Architecture, Providence, RI, October 29, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Elder Gallery, Carolina’s Got Art – June Salon Competition, Charlotte, NC, June 5 – 27, 2015

Beatrice Room, Formal, Rome, Italy, May 26, 2015

Bibliothè Contemporary Art Gallery, Cinque Figure, Rome, Italy, April 1 – 7, 2015

Temple University Gallery, Tiny Portrait Biennale, Rome, Italy, March 31 – April 3, 2015

Circolo degli Artisti, International Wifi Art, Rome, Italy, November 2, 2014

Beatrice Room, RISD Fall 2014 Final Show, Rome, Italy, December 16, 2014

Kent Art Association, The Student Show, Kent, CT, March 2012

University of Hartford, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Hartford, CT, January 29, 2012

Katonah Museum of Art, Young Artists, Katonah, NY, May 15, 2011

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists/ The Lyme Art Association, Faces of Spring 2011, Old Lyme, CT, March 6 – April 23, 2011




Fulbright Study/Research Award, Recipient, October 2017 – July 2018

Herbert and Claiborne Pell Award, Recipient, June 3, 2016




EVMO News (https://www.evmonews.com/articles/heather-mcleod-and-the-symbology-of-ears-in-art/), Interview, July 27, 2018

RISD (http://www.risd.edu/about/news/2016/preserving-a-love-of-painting/), Featured Article, July 18, 2016

Constructed By (http://constructedby.com/heather-mcleod/), Interview, January 19, 2016

Highline – The Huffington Post (http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/bibi-obama/), Illustrations for article “Scenes from a Marriage,” November 12, 2015

The Round Magazine (http://issuu.com/theroundmagazine/docs/the_round_issue_xii/), Featured, Spring 2015

RISD Portfolios (www.portfolios.risd.edu), Featured, August 4, 2014