The Nevica Project

Anna Hepler

Anna Hepler was born in Boston, MA, and has been based in Maine since 2001. She received a BA from Oberlin College in 1992, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. She has spent time living and working in the Netherlands, South Korea, Cyprus, and Italy, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Hepler was a Henry Luce Foundation fellow in South Korea for one year, has received support from the Artist Resource Trust, the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission in 2012. In 2017, Hepler was named the USA BARR Fellow and awarded $50,000 through the United States Artists Foundation.
Anna Hepler’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, the Portland Museum of Art, The Roswell Museum of Art, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Nancy Margolis Gallery, NYC, University of Maine Museum of Art, Open Satellite in Bellvue, WA, Suyama Space in Seattle, WA, The Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM,  and Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM. Her work is included in major public collections including National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Tate Gallery, London, England, and the Portland Museum of Art, ME.

Collage Statement: 
These Collages, from 2009‐2010, began as an experiment in decision‐ making. I had a number of proofs from old woodblock prints and I began by cutting these and other found papers into shapes and gluing them to old book covers I had salvaged. In order to make my first move I had to rely completely on intuition and I found it challenging and curious how the composition developed through a series of intuitive acts. The process became a kind‐of warm‐up to other types of art making, and confirmed or strengthened my ability to follow actions without reason.