Diana Heise’s practice engages video, photography, performance, installation, film, writing, sculpture, public intervention and sound. Heise’s work is invested in exploring psychological states and creating a free space for contemplation that lends itself to the promotion of awareness and non-violence. Her work has been exhibited galleries and festivals internationally, including at the Brooklyn Museum, the Film Anthology Archives, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, and the Salar Jung Museum, Hyberabad, India.
She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts, a Performance Art Fund Grant from the Franklin Furnace Inc. as well as a Presidential Fellowship at the American University in Cairo.
Heise is currently a resident artist at The Studios, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. She has spoken about her work in venues such as the Parsons School of Art and Design, the H&R Block Artspace and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. After receiving a research grant from Vassar College, she published her research on Slovene art collectives in Global and Local Art Histories, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Her curatorial projects include exhibitions with artists such as Aziz + Cucher, Julia Jacquette and Karen Rifas. She holds an M.F.A. degree in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.A. degree in art history from Vassar College. She lives and works in Kansas City, Mo., and North Hero, Vt.