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. 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, encaustic, 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.




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 Art Center, Student Art Exhibition, Katonah, NY, June 4 – 25, 2011

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

Katonah Art Center, Annual Student Exhibition, Katonah, NY, June 5 – 26, 2010



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

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

Herbert and Claiborne Pell Award, Recipient, June 3, 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

General Federation of Women’s Clubs of CT, First Place, March 25, 2012

Kent Art Association, The Student Show Award for Excellence, March 10, 2012

2012 Congressional Art Competition, Best Painting, April 22, 2012

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, National Gold Medalist, 2012

The American Scholastic Press Association, Outstanding Cover Award for cover of Aporia Literary Magazine, 2011

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Silver Key Award, 2011

Katonah Museum of Art, Young Artists Poster Contest, March 22, 2011

Multicultural Art & Writing Contest, First & Second Place, May 8, 2009