Illinois Artist Here April 14 to Discuss Her Overbrook Exhibit

Cynthia Heller Heinz

Cynthia Hellyer Heinz, the Illinois artist and educator whose paintings are currently on exhibit in MCC’s Overbrook Gallery, will be in Muskegon on Thursday, April 14, to discuss her work.

The public is invited to a reception for Heinz, as well as to her talk about her exhibit titled “Weathering the Journey.” The reception takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. in Overbrook Gallery. Her lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Center Room 1100.

The exhibit, which opened in March, ends on Friday, April 15. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Since 2006, Heinz has coordinated the Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design’s Foundation Program, which provides beginning students with fundamental skills, knowledge and experiences essential to their development as visual arts professionals.

As a full-time artist, Heinz acknowledges that nature plays an integral role in her work. She and her husband of 40 years, a ceramic artist, work out of their rustic home studio in Warrenville, Ill.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Governor’s Award at the 2014 Illinois State Professional Artists’ Competition, Heinz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.