Beyond the Horizon, Cassilhaus, Durham, NC

Shift Happens, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

Drawn: Concept & Craft, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Shift Happens, One Love Response installation, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

UNLESS, site-specific installation, The Rubenstein Art Center, Duke University, Durham, NC

Double Edged: Geometric Abstraction Then and Now, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

SHOW, a collaborative work with Justin Tornow, Alex Maness, and Christopher Fleming, The Durham Fruit Company, Durham, NC

Feminine Spectrum, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

Cinnabar project as part of You Are Here: Light, Color and Sound Experiences, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Steel, a site-specific installation, The Dillon, Raleigh, NC

No. 22 / PENUMBRA, a collaborative project with Justin Tornow and Chris Fleming, CAM Raleigh, NC

The Collection in Black and White, Raleigh Municipal Arts Collection, Block Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Thinly Veiled, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC

Elements, solo exhibition and lecture, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC

And Then The Sun Swallowed Me, solo exhibition, CAM Raleigh, NC

Gamut, solo exhibition, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC

No. 19 / MODULATIONS, a collaborative project with Justin Tornow (director) & others, 21C Museum Hotel, Durham, NC

Typeface, a collaborative project with Chris Vitiello, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

ECHO, a collaborative project with Justin Tornow & others, 21C Museum Hotel, Durham, NC

“Chrysalis” mural installation, Arts Annex, Duke University, Durham, NC

The Contemporaries, Light Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC

“Thunderhead” installation, Art&, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

Some Shifting and Some Time, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC

Luck of the Draw 2016, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

SARUS Festival, Wilmington, NC

KONTEK Moving Installation Van Project, KONTEK Systems, Durham, NC

Mural Project, Cocoa Cinnamon, Durham, NC

NEW YEAR SHOW, Light Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC

Value of Words, an interdisciplinary performance with choreographer Justin Tornow and COMPANY, Nov 13, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

Folding Light, Suntrust Gallery, Durham, NC

The Contemporaries, Light Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC

Point Counterpoint: NC Arts Council Fellows 2014-15, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

ArtPrize 7, Lyon Square Installation, Pitch Night Durham Recipient, Grand Rapids, MI

KIN, The Carrack Modern, Durham, NC

Medici Schmedici : Demystifying the Artist/Collector Bond, Craven Allen, Durham, NC

Interface || Interference, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham

SOUTHERNERS, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham

North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Recipients, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Durham

Loaded Objects, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham

Something In Particular: A Review of Today’s Southern Artist, Clear Films Studio, Atlanta

TINY: Attention, Exploded, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham

CHARACTER PROFILE, Root Division, San Francisco

Highlights of the Municipal Art Collection, Block Gallery, Raleigh

How to Fold My Heart : Three Mothers, Daughters and Wives, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC

WORD MAPS, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

CODEWORK, group exhibition, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh

Small Talk : Works on Paper by Heather Gordon, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Listenings, Group exhibition, Block Gallery, Raleigh Arts Commission, Raleigh

Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On, Chapel Hill

Hear & Now: New Works by Heather Gordon, Allenton Gallery, Durham

14th Annual No Dead Artists Juried Exhibition, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans

Art on Paper 2010 Biennial Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro


Visiting Artist, The Rubenstein Art Center, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2019

Presented “Information and the Human Condition”, Teaching Contemporary Mathematics Conference Special Speaker, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Jan 2019

Juror, Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant, Durham Arts Council, Oct 2018

Panelist, Art of a Scientist Panel Discussion, The Rubenstein Art Center, Duke University, Aug 2018

Art and Environment Educator Workshop, North Carolina Museum of Art, Jun 20, 2018

Artist Lecture, SECU Auditorium, North Carolina Museum of Art, Jun 14, 2018

Visiting Artist, Fine Arts Series, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Dec-Feb 2018

Artist Lecture, Junior Seminar, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, 2016

Artist Residency, The Intersections Project, SECCA, Winston Salem, NC, 2016

ArtPrize7 PITCH NIGHT Durham winner, 2015

North Carolina Artist Fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council, 2014-2015

Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, Durham Arts Council, 2010


Roberts, Liza, Art of the State: Celebrating the Visual Art of North Carolina, The University of North Carolina Press, 2022

McNairy, Lizzie Cheatham, Decoding Life’s Complexities, Matrons & Mistresses, Oct 31, 2019

Zimmerman, Robert, Heather Gordon – Artistic Data Miner, Duke Arts, Aug 13, 2019

North Carolina Museum of Art opens “You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences, Art Daily, Aug 2, 2018

Howe, Brian, Dance Review: Justin Tornow and COMPANY’s Maze of Dance-Tech Dioramas Illuminates Compelling Questions About Autonomy and Art, The INDY, Jul 25, 2018

Dwyer, Michaela, With SHOW, Justin Tornow Attempts the Impossible: an Economically Viable Performance Experiment that Promotes Freedom and Flexibility, The INDY, Jul 11, 2018

Diamond, Max, “For 1 day, you can see the NC Museum of Art’s ‘You Are Here’ exhibit for free“, The News & Observer, Apr 20, 2018

Kazsuk, Dathan, Design Editor, “Brews News: Pittsburgh friends launch new Raleigh brewery”, Triangle Business Journal, Apr 19, 2018

Thompson, Carolyn, “‘You Are Here’: inside NCMA’s interactive exhibit“, NC State University Technician, Apr 17, 2018

Jensen, Rachel, “Artists from Durham to Japan combine the elements in new exhibit, ‘You Are Here’“, The Daily Tar Heel, Apr 10, 2018

North Carolina Museum of Art Pairs Exhibition With…Beer“, ARTFIXdaily, Apr 10, 2018

Menconi, David, “You’ll be the center of art at the NC Museum of Art’s ‘You Are Here’ experience“, The News & Observer, Apr 5, 2018

Hall, Sarah Lindenfeld, Go Ask Mom editor, Value of attentive listening, power of patience, true spirit of collaboration: Durham artist Heather Gordon on art, motherhood, Go Ask Mom, WRAL, Mar 11, 2018

Shanahan, Laura, “NCMA’s Matrons of the Arts initiative highlights female artists“, The Daily Tar Heel, Jan 22, 2018

North Carolina Museum of Art Opens You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences in April 2018“, ARTFIXdaily Artwire, Jan 16, 2018

Vitiello, Chris, “Aesthetics Be Damned – Our Visual Art Critic Only Had Eyes for Political and Social Relevance in 2017“, The INDY, Dec 27, 2017

Hall, Daniel, “Meet Heather Gordon, the Durham Artist Behind the Obscurely but Deeply Personal And Then the Sun Swallowed Me at CAM Raleigh“, The INDY, Nov 22, 2017

Howe, Brian, “Fall Into Art“, The INDY, Sep 13, 2017

Woods, Byron, “Justin Tornow and COMPANY Look at Dance From Every Angle in No. 19/Modulations“, INDYweek Dance review, Jul 27, 2017

Abrams, Amanda, “Good Company : Justin Tornow and Heather Gordon Reunite With More Multimedia Dance Innovations in No. 19/Modulations“, INDYweek, Jul 19, 2017

Vitiello, Chris, “Artist Heather Gordon Makes Herself a Mirror for Justin Tornow to Dance Inside at 21c Museum Hotel“, INDYweek and cover photo, Feb 22, 2017

“Don’t You Lie To Me” podcast interview, Episode #3, Sep 2016

Lange, Jeremy M., photo credit of KONTEK van project, INDYweek Backtalk, Apr 20, 2016

Stafford Kelly, Susan, “Studio Tour with Durham’s Heather Gordon”, Our State, Apr 2016

Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey, “ArtPrize awards $5,000 for sculpture inspired by Grand Rapids Indian mounds”,, Jun 4, 2015

Greenberg, Blue, “Collecting for Love, Not Speculation”, The Herald Sun, Feb 7, 2015

Howard, Catherine, “Absence and Presence and Binary Visualization”, 13/13/13 blog, Oct 23, 2013

Welton, Mike, “Heather Gordon Massages the Medium”, Architects & Artisans, Aug 19, 2013

Greenberg, Blue, “At Carrack, a smorgasbord of art”, The Herald Sun, May 9, 2013

Wright, Christy, “Art with the Artist – Heather Gordon”, Designing the Triangle, Oct 29, 2012

Vitiello, Chris, “Milk Money”, The Independent, Aug 15, 2012

Vitiello, Chris, “NC Artists Delve Deep into Code at Flanders Gallery“, The Independent, Mar 28, 2012

Zigler, Matt, “Word Maps at the Green Hill Center”, NC Artblog, Feb 25, 2012

Vitiello, Chris, “Live Here Now : Chapel Hill show animates concepts of place”, The Independent, Feb 16, 2011


2007-2009 University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC
Completed courses in Computer Science and Mathematics including: Discrete Mathematics, Algorithm Design, Data Structures, Computer Graphics, Database Management and Computer Organization.

1992-1995 MFA from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

1985-1990 BFA from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL