Heather Hancock is an interdisciplinary artist making mixed media art with glass. Her work is informed by a Master of Science degree and a decade-long career in healthcare. Working in clinical and leadership roles in Chicago hospitals gave her the conceptual foundation for her studio practice. A Master Class at Orsoni Studio in Venice, Italy provides the technical basis for her work.
Heather uses this ancient medium as a conceptual tool to explore contemporary ideas about mind, place and information. Her art is inspired by how people engage with information in the natural and built worlds. Matte settings highlight luminous glass that shifts and shimmers with light and movement, catching attention and enticing viewers to look again. Setting glass alongside industrial materials such as grout, cement and metal points to the contrast between the natural and manmade worlds and creates tension between light and dark, brilliance and opacity, vibrancy and restraint, fragility and permanence.
2006. Architectural installations | Chicago Mosaic School, Chicago, IL
2005. Master Mosaic Class: History, Theory and Application | Venice, Italy
1993. MS in Speech Pathology and Audiology | University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2019. New Glass Now | Corning Museum of Glass | Corning, NY
2019. Original Voices, group show | Ken Saunders Gallery | Chicago, IL
2018. Catching Light: the Art of Architecture (solo show) | Evanston Art Center
2017. Art Expo NY 2017 with Blink Gallery | Manhattan, NY
2016. Open Studios Evanston | Evanston, IL
2016. Artificial Turf | CoStar Collective group show Evanston, IL
2015. Proust project | Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015 Proust project | American Psychoanalytic Association | art exhibit | New York City
2014. Ideas in Glass | Creative Co-Working | Evanston, IL
2012. Annual Glass Group Show | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, MI
2011. Lake Effects (2-person exhibit with painter Byron Gin) | Uncommon Ground on Clark, 3800 N Clark | Chicago, IL
2011. Imagining Mind | Solo Show at Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago, IL
2008. Artist Project | Artropolis at Merchandise Mart | Chicago, IL
SELECTED PRESS and PUBLICATIONS
Juried selection of Reflect 3.2 Curve for New Glass Review, 40, 2019. Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.
Original Voices 2019 exhibition catalog. Ken Saunders Gallery. Chicago, IL.
Juried selection of Reflect 1.0 for New Glass Review, 39, 2019. Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.
Kozul Naumovski, Zlata (2016, Spring). Vision Quest: 3 artists who are making the medium the message. NS Modern Luxury, p. 80.
Invited speaker. Reflecting the Built World: Glass and the Cityscape. American Glass Guild Annual Conference (2015, July).
(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization (2016). Smart Growth America, p. 11. Image of Flourish. Retrieved from Smart Growth America.
Barry, Virginia C. (2015). Scratch and Sniff Proust with art by Heather Hancock. Eden Prairie, MN: NXTGEN Interactive.
Degliantoni, Lisa (2015, November). Interplay of Glass and Light. Evanston Magazine, p 28-29.
Konrad, Kelly (2013, October). House to Home. Make It Better. 41-43.
Linthicum, P. (2013, June). Scan. Looking at Glass. Retrieved from http://lookingatglass.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/scan-by-heather-hancock/
Hunding, Rhys (2012, July). Masterpiece Theater. CS Interior, p. 112.
Gunnerson, Tate (2011, July 7). Creative women: Heather Hancock. Make it Better.
Hammer-Dijcks, B. (2010). Breakout: your pathway to success. Blurb.com. 3 pieces featured in the book.
SELECTED PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS
2018. 6 piece art commission for Sutter Cathedral Hills Hospital, San Francisco, CA.
2016. 12 piece art commission for Kaiser Permanente Hospital, San Diego, CA.
2016. Grow. 15’ x 30’ | temporary urban intersection mural. Commissioned by Streets Alive.
2015. Flourish. 5’ x 30’ | temporary exterior art installation. Commissioned by Downtown Evanston.
2015. 3 piece art commission for Hahn Building lobby, Evanston, IL. Commissioned by Robinson Realty.
2013. Link. 6’ x 35’. 5553 Clark St. Chicago, IL. Commissioned by Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Good News Only Gallery.
2011. 5 piece art commission for Loyola Medical Center, Burr Ridge, IL
2007. Installation at Uncommon Ground restaurant at Devon, Chicago, IL. Commissioned by Helen and Michael Cameron.
Chicago Tribune Q&A with Heather Hancock
Evanston artist Heather Hancock has lived in the north suburb since 1993. She primarily works with glass and her creations are featured in a show through May 26 at Evanston Art Center.
Q: How did you get involved with glasswork?
A: I came to my art practice via a career in health care. I worked for more than a decade in physical rehabilitation. I was passionate about helping others “live well” but there was a limit to what we could do in the health care setting. I came to see how important our physical surroundings are to our well-being, that beauty matters. Continue reading.