James Heartsill

James Heartsill has been working at NIAD since the summer of 1989.
James’s work has expanded over the years to incorporate the NIAD studio space itself, unfolding his practice of maintenance and care to include each studio participant. The shelves nearest his usual workspace receive regular fresh coats of paint, sometimes calling for an entirely new color.
The same care and attention is paid to his miniature home constructions: new additions sprout, shift, change color, receive guests and connect to other constructions or living spaces.
James also draws. His drawing practice feels like a respite from his construction, social sculpture and space-making. Drawing gives him time to reflect, to sit and change focus.

 // James’ available work //

recent exhibition history

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

a clearing, organized by Mel Prest // NIAD Main Gallery Exhibition // April 2023

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

Connect the Dots // SAIC Wellness Center, Chicago, IL // March 2022

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

Microcosmic // organized by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh NIAD Art Center 2018

Give A Little Take A Little: Real Time & Space at NIAD // organized By Lexa Walsh NIAD Art Center 2018

Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

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

Cities In Mind // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2016

Abstract Preferences // organized by Anthony Pinata NIAD Art Center 2016

Local Motion, Part Two // Hercules Public Library 2014

You Are Here // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013

Holiday Pop Up Shop And Lounge // NIAD Art Center 2012

recent press

Connect the Dots exhibition catalog // Wellness Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago // April 2022

San Francisco Chronicle: NIAD Art Center’s Gifts Of Artistic Ability (2012, December)