Draw Near


March 11-April 22
Reception: Friday, March 17 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE Salem

Draw Near features sculptures by internationally known artist Heidi Preuss Grew. Combining animal and human features, her artwork straddles real and fictional worlds. Preuss Grew seeks to “reveal the vulnerable and pathetic side of the human condition as well as the heroic and beautiful.”

Born in 1970 in Illinois, Preuss Grew was raised by her German immigrant mother in the west Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. She earned three degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, including BA and BFA degrees in Art History, Germanic Languages and Literature, and Crafts. In 1991-1992, a pivotal study abroad year in Marburg, Germany enriched her understanding of the culture that deeply informed her early years. She completed her MFA at Ohio University in Athens and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1999.

Preuss Grew has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia, and Europe. She is a two-time Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship recipient and was honored in 2007 with election into the International Academy of Ceramics. She has participated in international symposia, residencies, and exchanges in the USA, Lithuania, Japan, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and has presented lectures and workshops widely. Heidi Preuss Grew lives in Salem, Oregon and is a faculty member at Chemeketa Community College teaching drawing and sculpture.

A Master Class with Heidi Preuss Grew will be held in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center on Saturday, March 18. Click here to learn more about the Master Class.

Exhibitions at the Bush Barn Art Center are free and open to the public. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm.

Image: Heidi Preuss Grew, Sasquatch Meets the Divine, 2016, porcelain, photo Kelly J. James

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