1977 MFA UCSB
MARY HEEBNER attended UCSB from 1969-1973 first as a Regent’s Scholar and Tutorial major and then as an art and literature major at the College of Creative Studies. Mary earned her MFA in 1977 from UCSB, studying under artist William Dole.
Central to Mary Heebner’s work is her interest in the spirit qualities of the natural world.
Mary’s inquisitive practice draws on her travels throughout the world and is grounded in a sense of place that reflects a sensitivity to the distinct mythology, geology, archaeology, language and customs therein.
Skilled at the art of papermaking, Mary incorporates her unique interpretation of landforms, maps, water forms and images from antiquity in order to create sensually abstract compositions. Mary finds a spiritual beauty in the earth and she creates and in some ways re-creates the warmth and wonder the earth holds.
She has distinguished herself as an abstract artist, writer and book artist. Her pieces are held in numerous collections including the JP Getty Research Institute, Universities of California at Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, The National Gallery of Art, The British Museum, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, Stanford University, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
In addition to fine press books produced under the imprint simplemente maria press, Mary has published two books joining her paintings with Pablo Neruda’s poetry—On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea and Intimacies: Poems of Love (Harper Collins 2004, 2008), and has co-authored with her husband Macduff Everton on three books: The Western Horizon (Abrams, 2000), The Book of Santa Barbara (2010), and Patagonia: La Ultima Esperanza (2011)