Heather Rasmussen

b. 1982, Lives in Los Angeles


M.F.A. 2007 Photography and Media California Institute of the Arts B.A. 2004 Studio Art University of California, Irvine


Solo Exhibitions

2017    Body Variations, ACME., Los Angeles, CA

2015 Sculptures, Photographs and Movement, Weingart Gallery at

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Bruised Fruit, The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA

2012 HITO: San Pedro/Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach, Angels

Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

2011 Heather Rasmussen: Work and work, 3001 Gallery, USC Roski School

of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

2009 HITO, Sandroni Rey Container, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles,


ship happens, Light & Wire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Group Exhibitions


2018 Kinship: Celebrating 10 Years, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Solar Flare, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, organized by Manual

History Machines Disappear Here, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Touchpiece, Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by JustinBeal

By the River, ACME., Los Angeles, CA

2016 Green Revolution – Fawn Rogers: SUBJECT, Museum of Art +

History, Lancaster, CA

The Last Four Years, Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Obfuscate: The Art of Camouflage, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2015 20/20vision, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

Swingers WKND / Works by Artist Couples, curated by Tribble & Mancenido, Brooklyn, NY

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014 Horizon, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Input/Output, University of Cincinnati, Sycamore Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Trouble with the Index, The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA, Curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers

2013 Falling from Great Heights, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles,


Fruitland, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Horizon Variations, CCNY, New York, NY

Facture, Airplane Gallery in Bushwick, New York, NY

2011 Exposure: Matt Keegan, Katie Paterson, Heather Rasmussen, The

Art Institute of Chicago Museum, Chicago LACE’s Annual Benefit Art Auction

2011 Limited Edition Artist Portfolio, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA

Open Daybook, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Hollywood, CA

Tuesday, Mixed Greens, New York, NY, Curated by mr. & mrs, amani olu

Curious Silence, The Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

2010 31 Women in Art Photography at Affirmation Arts Foundation, New

York, NY, Curated by Charlotte Cotton and Jon Feinstein

Outside the Project, with Workspace & RAID Projects, Los Angeles

2009 Sign/Co-Sign, Light & Wire Gallery public art bus stop

installation at Miami Basel, Miami, FL

Lustige Gruppenausstellung MIT Party, Gallery 533, Los Angeles, CA Curated by Lucrecia Roa and Ulrich Wulff

Light & Wire Gallery @ Circus Gallery, Circus Gallery, Hollywood, CA

Curious Silence, SOIL, Seattle, WA

2008 Anonymous Drawings N.9, Blutenweiss, Berlin

Disastrous: Heather Rasmussen, A Solo Show, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA

Salty Dog Bites the Hand, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA Curator Allan Sekula

Some indispensable concepts for understanding this beautiful exhibition, The Confederacy of Creative Ephemera, Circus Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2007 Fast Forward, Brentwood Country Mart, Brentwood, CA Curated by

Simon Watson

For Ever, at 915 Mateo, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by Eungie Joo and Clara Kim

2006 GLAMFA, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2004 Open Show 2004, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by James


or, Banning Community Center, Wilmington



2011 Curious Silence, The Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

with Renèe Martin

2009 Curious Silence, SOIL, Seattle, WA, with Renèe Martin



Artist Talks & Lectures

2015 Artist led walkthrough of “Perfect Likeness,” The Hammer Museum,

Los Angeles, CA

Artist Talk, The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA

2013 Artist Lecture, USC Intermediate Photography

2011 Artist Talk, The Art Institute of Chicago, Morton Auditorium

Guest Instructor at USC, Intermediate Photography

Artist Lecture, Fine Arts: Sculpture and New Genres, Otis College of Art & Design

Instructor, Holga Inspire Workshops and Critique with Nina T. Becker, The Icon Photographic Lab, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Artist Lecture, Fine Arts: Sculpture and New Genres, Otis

College of Art & Design

2006-7 Teaching Assistant for Allan Sekula, California Institute of

the Arts



2014 The Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant

2007 Dean's Reserve Fund Award, School of Art, California Institute

of the Arts

2004 Excellence in Studio Art Award at UC Irvine, Studio Residency

Program at UC Irvine


Public Collections

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art



2018    27 L.A. Photographers, Los Angeles County

Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2015    20/20vision, Sturm & Drang Publisher, Zurich, July 2015 (cat)

Compile V.1, Artist book, Edition of 3, January 2015

2013    Heather Rasmussen: ship happens 2, Los Angeles, March 2013


2010    Earle, David P., Open Daybook, Mark Batty Publisher, New York,

November 2010

2009    Schmidt, Petra, Unfolded, Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, September

2009, p.130-131

+ cover Heather Rasmussen: ship happens, Los Angeles, March 2009 (cat)

2008    Anonymous Drawings N.9, Blutenweiss, Berlin, Germany, December

2008 (cat)



2017    Agustsson, Sola, “Heather Rasmussen offers a contemporary

feminine take on early surrealist tropes”,, Gerwin, Daniel, “Surreal Arrangements of Bare Limbs and Suggestive Fruit”,, May 26, 2017

Mizota, Sharon, “Review: How many legs in this photo? The strange, surreal photography of Heather Rasmussen”, The Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2017

Quinn, Patrick, “Heather Rasmussen and Tomory Dodge: Two Unique Solo Shows at ACME Gallery”, art and cake, June 1, 2017 Herbert, Martin, “Ten shows to see”, ArtReview, May 2017, p.37-42 (img)

2015    Denhoed, Andrea, “The Artist As A Lonely Hunter”, The New

Yorker, August 11, 2015 (img)

Morgenthaler, Daniel, “Twenty Wins,” Tages Anzeiger (German), July 2, 2015 (img)

Baker, Kenneth, “An antidote to irony at Fraenkel Gallery”, SFGate, June 12, 2015, (img)

Kelsey, Colleen, “What the Heart Wants”, Interview Magazine, June 2015 (img)

Chun, Kimberly, “Lonely Looks: 'Obsessive, peculiar, funny' artists at new Fraenkel show”, The San Francisco Chronicle, June 4, 2015, p.14

Indrisek, Scott, “Art, Lovers: Romantic Teamwork in Bushwick's “SwingersWKND”,, June 4, 2015

“Vanity”, Musée Magazine, no. 11, Section curated by Catherine Opie, April 2015, p. 294-5 (img)

David, Soleil, “Alumna Heather Rasmussen’s Bruised Fruit at California Museum of Photography”, 24700,, March 16, 2015

Cavanaugh, Craig, “A Zucchini Save Art Exhibit,” San Diego

2014    Story, September 11, 2014 (img)

2013    Myers, Holly, “Perspectives in Photography from Falling From

Great Heights”, The Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2013, D16 Stromberg, Matt, “From Los Angeles. Falling From Great Heights”,, April 22, 2013 (img)

Tarley, Phil, “Cohen Exhibition: Falling From Great Heights”, Fabrik Magazine, Issue 20, p. 68-73 (img)

McCullough, Danielle, “Looking at Los Angeles | Heather Rasmussen: Cataclysmic Collections”, art21 blog, January 10, 2013 (img)

2012    Weinstein, Michael, “Review: Exposure/Art Institute of Chicago”

NewCity Art, January 3, 2012 (img)

2011    Green, Tyler, “3rd of May: Artists and their sources”, Modern

Art Notes on, October 18, 2011 Green, Tyler, “Heather Rasmussen”, 3rd of May, Blog, October 18, 2011 (img)

2010    Steciw, Kate, “Go Here! Do This!”, The Photography Post,

December 1, 2010

Mason, Shana, “Humble Art Foundation Launches Manual Transmission Miami at NADA”, Miami New Times, December 4, 2010 Donoghue, Katy, “31 Women in Art Photography”, Whitewall Magazine, March 4, 2010

Walker, Benjamin, “More for Art Weekend”, WNYC Culture, March 5, 2010

2009    Heather Rasmussen, Women in Photography,, November,

New York, 2009