Heather Schatz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, cum laude with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and completed her Master in Fine Arts at Columbia University's School of the Arts, Visual Arts Program. She taught at Columbia’s MFA program for 12 years and is currently on the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Arts Practice at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City.
Schatz’s work spans a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and video, often combining these into one work. She sees abstraction as a pivotal art form for our globalized, information-based society. From initial idea to fabrication, her projects critically engage hierarchical models of cultural production, creating works which are simultaneously exclusive and democratic.
Schatz, currently working and exhibiting as Heather Schatz, has exhibited as ChanSchatz nationally and internationally and engaged with communities, individuals, galleries and museums including: Albion Gallery, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt; Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA; Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Saatchi Gallery, London; School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Swiss Institute, New York, NY; The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; XXIV Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
The work has been written about by: Adam Lerner, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Bennett Simpson for Barbican Art Gallery, London; Douglas Drieshspoon, Curator Emeritus, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Faye Hirsch for Art in America; Hilarie M. Sheets for The New York Times and ARTnews; Holland Cotter for The New York Times; Johanna Burton for the Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA; Johanna Drucker for Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Joseph Woodard for Santa Barbara News Press; Ossian Ward for Saatchi Gallery, London; Peter Lunenfeld for Lemon Sky, Los Angeles, CA; Susan Yelavich for Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY; Sylvia Lavin for Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles; Tim Griffin for Apex Art, New York, NY; Xandra Eden for Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.