Heather Layton

Heather Layton

  • Associate Professor of Art

MFA, Painting, State University of New York at New Paltz, 2002

Sage Art Center
(585) 755-6819

Office Hours: By appointment


Curriculum Vitae

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • Art diplomacy
  • socially engaged art
  • painting and drawing
  • installation
  • interdisciplinary art

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • SART 121:  Introductory Painting
  • SART 222:  Advanced Painting
  • SART 223:  Food Matters: Gender, Ethnicity, Religion and Justice
  • SART 281:  Performance Art and Community Engagement
  • SART 396:  Senior Studio
  • SART 397:  Senior Seminar
  • AHST 300:  Art NY Field Studio
  • AHST 305:  Art NY Colloquium

Selected Exhibitions

  • The Weight of Optimism, Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, 2022 (solo)
  • Inaugural Saudi-American Art Exhibition, juried by the U.S. Consulate, Jeddah, and the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, online, 2020 (solo)
  • The Sum of Wishful Thinking, MoCA LI (Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island), Patchogue, NY, 2019 (solo)
  • America Is…, curated by Rachel Adams and Taylor Bythewood-Porter, Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C., 2019 (juried)
  • Social Justice in the Misinformation Age, curated by Susan Crite, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, PA, 2019 (juried)
  • Crossings, El Sótano Art Space, Brooklyn, New York, 2018, (juried)
  • The State of Our Shared Land, curated by Wassan Al-Khudari, St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, Missouri, First Place Juror’s Award, 2018 (juried)
  • Coping Mechanisms, Buffalo Art Studios, Buffalo, NY, 2017 (with Allen Topolski), 2017
  • 59 Days of Independence, Ortlip Gallery, Houghton College, Houghton, NY, 2017 (with Brian Bailey)
  • Compartmented, curated by Evelyne LeBlanc-Roberge and Missy Phohl-Smith, Rochester Lyric Opera, Rochester, NY, 2015 (juried)
  • Inevitable Defeat of the Tree-Huggers, curated by Saša Nabergoj, PORTIZMIR 3
  • International Contemporary Art Triennial, K2 Contemporary Art Center, Izmir, Turkey, 2014
  • The Blind Spot Underground for Shock-u-mentaries, curated by Beth Giacummo, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, 2014 (juried)
  • The Magnificent Ascension of Irreplaceable Objects, At Home Gallery and Contemporary Art Centre, Šamorín, Slovakia, 2013 (solo)
  • Home Drone, Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, CT, 2013 (with Brian Bailey)
  • The Inevitable Defeat of the Tree-Huggers, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK, 2012 (solo)
  • Living Room Churches and Outspoken Saints, Buffalo Art Studio, Buffalo, NY, 2012 (solo) Ally/Enemy, Arts West Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC, 2011 (solo)
  • Naming the Animals, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ, 2011 (juried)
  • Parables for a Compassionate Revolution, Colacino Gallery, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, 2010 (solo)
  • Preparing to Lose, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2010 (with Joshua Greene)
  • Letters to a Future Generation, exhibition and artist-in-residence, Economics Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2019 (solo)
  • Thank you for Everything, Bruises and Bumps, Firehouse and Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Oregon, 2009 (solo with 100+ participants)
  • I Know It Happened and It Happened Like This, George Eastman International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY, 2008 (solo)
  • Hearing Aids, Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006 (with Yevgeniya Kaganovich)
  • (sub)Urban Homicide, public intervention performance, Rochester, NY, 2006 (solo)
  • Hearing Aids, Towers Art Gallery, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY, 2006 (with Yevgeniya Kaganovich)
  • When the Gods Prayed Back, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2006 (solo)

Community Projects

  • Community Partner and Student Internship Coordinator, Huther Doyle Substance Abuse Recovery Center, Rochester, NY, 2020
  • Teaching Artist, Special Envoy Award, U.S. Dept. of Public Diplomacy, U.S. Consulate, Tasami Art Gallery (Jeddah), Desert Designs (Dharan), Saudi Arabia, 2019
  • Co-founder, Nagaland/U.S. International Culture Partnership (2010-current)
  • Workshop Program Co-Teacher, Batavia Federally Administrated Detention Facility, 2017
  • Turning a Waiting Room into a Welcoming Room, Community-engaged teaching project, Anthony L. Jordan Health Centers, Rochester, NY, 2017, 2018
  • Visiting Artist, Community Connections, Ketchikan, Alaska, 2016
  • Painting for Health, Collaborating Teacher, Refugees Helping Refugees, 2015
  • Co-Director, “Social Intervention Conference 2012: A Better Tomorrow for the Coming Generation”, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan, 2012

Selected Artist Residencies

  • Biophilia, Ayatana Art and Science Research Residency, Canada, 2016
  • Haslla Art World and International Artist Residency, Gangneung, South Korea, 2015
  • Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence, California State University at Fullerton, sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation, Santa Ana, CA, 2014
  • Dorothea Fleiss East West Artists Residency, Mallnitz, Austria, 2011

Grants and Awards

  • Community-Engaged Course Operational Grants, Art in Recovery, Rochester Center for Community Leadership, 2020
  • Teaching Innovation Grant, Food Matters, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (with Tatyana Bakmetyeva), 2018
  • Community-Engaged Course Operational Grant, Rochester Center for Community Leadership, University of Rochester, 2018
  • Humanities Center Grant, University of Rochester, 2016
  • Named "Citizen Diplomat" by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for intercultural projects in Pakistan and Nagaland, 2014

Selected Press