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Heather Bentz sketches on a panel prior to painting the image



MFA, Painting, Montana State University

BFA, Printmaking, Pennsylvania State University

Click link to see a short film about my process: Plant Pop Film 




Solo Exhibitions

2023             Joy In the Making, Project Space, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ

2022             Big Wall, Big Art, City Hall Lobby, Glendale AZ

2021             1Art, Monsoon Wish & Artifactual, Tucson, AZ

                      Upper Link Gallery, Fantastical Joy, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, AZ

2020             Surrounding Pleasure, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2019             Slow Painting, Sand-Reckoner Micro Gallery, Tucson, AZ curated by Conrad Wilde Gallery

2015             Work & Play, Osmosis Art & Architecture, Niwot, CO

2009             Process Preserved, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT

                      Color, Line, Structure, Sola Café, Bozeman, MT

                      Quiet Frenzy, Ecce Gallery, Emerson Center for the Arts, Bozeman, MT

                      Collages and works on paper, A&E Architects, First Friday Art Walk, Missoula, MT

2008             Accumulated Response, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Bozeman, MT

2007             Black Desks and Cigarette Packs, Renne Library, Bozeman, MT

2004             Recent Works, Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, MT

2003             Plein Air Paintings, Art Plus Gallery, Reading, PA

                      Recent Paintings, O’Brien’s Restaurant, Bozeman, MT

                      Select Works, Leaf and Bean, Bozeman, MT         

2002             Desserts and Tea Cups, Sweet Pea Café, Bozeman, MT

2001             Various Aspects, Private residence, Bozeman, MT                


Two-Person Exhibitions


2021           Fantastical Joy, along with David Adix Go Figure, Sunshine Shop Tucson

2016            Kathrine Lovell Gallery, Tiverton, MA with Monica Shinn

                     Open Studio with Alix Christian, Boulder, CO

2010-2014  Selected Works with Anthony Miraglia, Dean’s Gallery, UMass Dartmouth

2008            An Exhibit of Recent Works, DeWeese Gallery with Ralph Weigman, Bozeman, MT

2007            Collaborations, Emerson Center for the Arts, collaboration with Caleb Taylor,    

                       Bozeman, MT

2007            Systems & Repetition, Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, collaboration with Caleb Taylor,

                       Montana State University, Bozeman, MT


Selected Group Exhibitions


2021            Dia de los Muertos, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ, curated by James Schaub

2020            Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO,

                       Juror: Leah Ollman

2019            Tucson Welcome, Sunshine Shop, Tucson, AZ curated by Patricia Katchur

2018            Patternality, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO, Juror: Andra Archer    

                    Distractions, Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH

                    Uncommon Thread 2018, Big Fork Art and Cultural Center, Big Fork, MT

2017            Chasing Ghosts II, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR

                    2017 Juried Exhibition, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens GA

                      Juror: Harry H. DeLorme, Jr.

                    Holding Pattern, Space Gallery, Denver CO

                    Resist! The Art of Disruption, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2016            Small Works, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

                    DADA Centennial, Ontological Museum, Santa Fe, NM

                     Determined Line, The Narrows Center, Fall River, MA with Alyn Carlson, Teresa Cole,

                        Isabel Mattia & Alia Pialtos

2015            Inside/Outside, Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH

                     Edges & Curves, Haggus Society at Julie Montenegro State Farm, Los Angeles, CA

                     On Edge: Outrageous Possibilities, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO Jurors: Sandra Phillips &    

                       Cecily Cullen

2014            Small Works, Dedee Shattuck, Westport, MA

                     Art Stable Gallery, Westport, MA

                     SouthCoast Artists Tour Open Studios, Westport, MA

                     Buoy the Winter Blues, Dedee Shattuck Gallery for Westport River Watershed

                       Alliance, Westport, MA

2013            SouthCoast Artists Tour Open Studios, Westport, MA

                     New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford Harbor In New Light, New Bedford, MA

2012            Landscapes (Oct), Summer Show (June), Judith Klein Gallery, New Bedford, MA

                     CVPA Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, UMass Dartmouth

2011-2013  Chancellor’s Showcase, Foster Administration, UMass Dartmouth

2011            New England Collective II, Galatea, Boston, MA, Juror: Joanne Mattera

                   Relations, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

2010            Space Gallery, Denver, CO

                     Art from Detritus, Purelight Gallery, Turners Falls, MA

                     The Things I Dream About Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

                     Phantom Art Walk, Butte, MT

2009            The Sketchbook Project, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Contemporary Art DC                        Washington, DC; Chris’ Jazz Café, Philadelphia, PA; Loconia Gallery,    

                       Boston, MA; Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL; Soulard Art Market, St. Louis, MO; 3rd

                       Ward, Brooklyn, NY; Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Chicago Art Source

                       Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008            Ciao Gallery, Wilson, WY

                     9x12 Works on Paper, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

                     Flourish, Danforth Gallery, Livingston, MT

                     Holter Museum Art Auction, Helena, MT

2007            Ana 35 “mini”, Dean’s Gallery, College of Arts and Architecture, Montana State

                       University, Bozeman, MT

                    Ana 35, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, Juror: Willem Volkersz

                     18th National Drawing & Print Exhibition, Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame,

                       Balto., MD

                     Domesticity, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Bozeman, MT

2006            Fireborn, Melvin Art Studios, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

                     Graduate Exhibition, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University,    

                       Bozeman, MT

                     Heather Bentz and Kate Chandler, Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, Montana State


                     Montana State University Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibition, Emerson Center                                     Bozeman, MT

2005, 2006 MSU Graduate student exhibition, Dean’s Gallery, College of Arts and

                       Architecture, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

2005            Finished/Unfinished, Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, Montana State University,

                       Bozeman, MT

2004            Raptor Festival, Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, MT   

1999-2002  Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts, Festival artist, Bozeman, MT




2022            Site Santa Fe, Panelist, Gen-erate Program,Santa Fe, NM

2020            Author, The Runaway Sock, Amazon

2019-           Corporate and private art placement and licensing via Art Consultants Liz Graham,

                      Denver, Makewest, Denver, Leslie Ann Wigon, NY

2010-2014  Assistant Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, University Massachusetts

                       Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

2002-2010  Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Architecture, Montana State University,

                      Bozeman, MT 

                     Coordinator, President’s Fine Arts Series, Montana State University, Bozeman

1997-2002  Founder and president, WINDBREAK Outdoor Blankets, Bozeman, MT

1991-1997  Non-profit development consultant, Bozeman, MT

1988-2006  Free-lance illustrator and artist, Bozeman, MT

1986-1988  Secretary of National Council, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC

1983-1986  Development officer for major gifts, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC

1982            Development officer for major gifts, National Museum for Women in the Arts,    

                       Washington, DC

1980            Assistant to director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 

                       Washington, DC




2016            Instructor, process and water media, Garage Studio, Boulder, CO

2009            Adjunct Instructor, Montana State University, School of Art

                     Instructor, Montana State University, College of Arts and Architecture

2007            Instructor, Montana State University, School of Art

                     Guest instructor, Montana State University, School of Art

2003-2007  Instructor, Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, MT, watercolor workshops

2001-2005  Artist in Residence, Morning Star Elementary, Bozeman, MT

2003            Artist in Residence, Longfellow Elementary, Bozeman, MT

2000-2001  Artist in Residence, Hawthorne Elementary, Bozeman, MT


Residencies, Awards & Grants


2023            First Place, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Negative Spaces, Juror: Kelly McCullough

2022            Public Art Award, InFlux Cycle 10, City of Glendale, Glendale, AZ

2017            Ucross Foundation Artist Residency, Clearmont, WY

2007            Travel grant to DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA, Gee’s Bend Quilts,

                       Montana State University Division of Graduate Education

2001            Honorable Mention, Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts Juried Exhibit, Juror:  Martha

                       Rotella 1997

                     First Place, State of Montana, Outstanding Business Plan for WINDBREAK,

                       Outdoor Blanket Company

1988            First Place, watercolor, Lititz Outdoor Art Festival, Lititz, PA

1986            Artist Residency, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO

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