Heather Copus

Gene Simmons. Paul Stanley. Ace Frehley. Eric Singer. The members of KISS appear frequently in Heather Copus’ densely layered work.

Jon Baker. Frank Poncherello. Sergeant Joseph Getraer. Captain. Benjamin Pierce. Trapper John McIntire. Major Margaret Houlihan. The character from classic 70s dramadies, like CHiPs and M*A*S*H also make appearances in her text-based works.

Heather’s work walks the tightrope between obsessive fandom and the exploration of the meaning hidden within popular culture’s idioms.

 // Heather’s available work //

exhibition history

Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD // Oakland Museum of California // May 2023

Empty Kind Of Full, organized by Tara Neuffer // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2023

Search Engine organized by Diego Leclery // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2023

Subtle Sweetness organized by Jamie Walsh // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2023

NIAD is for music lovers organized by Xiomara Rosales // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2022

NIAD Ink: 35 Years of Prints organized by Andrés Cisneros-Galindo // Online Exhibition // December 2022

What’s Cookin’?! ,organized by Terri Moore // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // November 2022

Feeling Language, organized by Kate Laster // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // October 2022

Quiet, organized by Matthew Pawlowski // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2022

Can’t Be Shook, organized by Alex Gartelmann // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2022

DESIRE DESIRE, organized by Diego Leclery // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2022

Superbloom, organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // April 2022

Mini Mural Gallery // SFMOMA // August 2021

Every Sing, organized by Jesse Malmed // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2021

Draw Your Letters, organized by Danny Floyd // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2021

SPEED, organized by Patrick Reed // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2021

Watch TV With Me, organized by Zach Ozma // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2020

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again, organized by Boyang Hou // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2020

Holiday Gift Guide #5, organized by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2021

Force Fields and Atmospheres, organized by Matthew Pawlowsi // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2019

One Of These Things Twice // organized by Margaret Tedesco NIAD Art Center 2019

L’Amérique N’Existe Pas // organized by Matthieu Morin Art Et Marges Museum Brussels 2019

Hailing From Parts Unknown // organized By Curtis Turner May 2019 

The Genre Leaps // organized by Margaret Tedesco NIAD Art Center 2018

The Fourth Dimension, organized by Marja Galpin van der Loo // NIAD Art Center 2017

Handbills // NIAD Art Center 2017

The Letraset Drawings // NIAD Art Center 2017

Fiction v. 2 // NIAD Art Center, Yali’s Cafe Stanley Hall Berkeley; Raygun Projects Australia; Ox-Bow School of Art Michigan June 2017

Creature Feature // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2017

Shantae Robinson + Heather Copus // NIAD Art Center 2016

Rock And Roll Over Again: The KISS Drawings of Heather Copus // NIAD Art Center 2015

Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015

City In Motion // NIAD Art Center 2014


Making Handmade Books Blog: Telling It Slant (2015, July)

San Francisco Chronicle: “City In Motion”: NIAD Artists Create Urban Environment (2014, May)