Heidi Howard employs portraiture to create new painted spaces. Often painted en plein air, Howard’s portraits are a record of time spent with the person, of heat, of sound and of ideas. Howard was born and raised in New York City and has painted many artists including Liz Collins, Chitra Ganesh, Judy Pfaff, Baseera Khan, Michelle Handelman, Curtis Roads, Sondra Perry, Paula Wilson, Aliza Nisenbaum, Susanna Coffey and Doron Langberg. In 2018 Howard created their first collaborative portrait and largest painting to date, a 40-by-100-foot wall-painting in the atrium of the Queens Museum of the artist’s mother, Liz Philips, entitled Relative Fields in a Garden.
Howard has participated in artist residencies, including the Yonkers Artist Residency Program (2021), Atlantic Center for the Arts (2021), Terra Summer Residency (2021), the Rauschenberg Residency (2020), Carrizozo AIR (2019), Palazzo Monti (2018), Byrdcliffe (2014) and Vermont Studio Center (2011). They directed their first performance through an individual artist grant from the Queens Council on the Arts in 2019. They have presented their work at many venues including the Queens Museum (New York, 2018–20), W139 (Amsterdam, 2018), Et-al Gallery (San Francisco, 2018), The Hunterdon Museum of Art (New Jersey, 2017) Gaa Gallery (Cologne, Germany and Provincetown, MA 2018, 2017, 2016), James Cohan Gallery (New York, 2016) and Nancy Margolis Gallery (New York, 2017, 2016, 2015).