Born in Urbana, Illinois in 1977, Heather Brammeier is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist whose work continues the function of childhood play into adulthood. Brammeier was recently selected by curator Alice Gray Stites for inclusion in the exhibition Furies, Fairies, Visionaries at Pen + Brush in New York City. Brammeier won Best in Show at the South Bend Museum of Art Biennial 29, selected by juror Miranda Lash; and first prize in the 2015 Rooftop Project Space Competition at Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago, IL). The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI) selected Brammeier as a featured artist for their ArtPrize 7 exhibition SENSE. Brammeier’s large outdoor installation was subsequently recognized with an honorable mention in Dave Bown Project’s 11th Semiannual Competition. Brammeier has been selected for a variety of residency programs across the country and internationally, including International Studio & Curatorial Program (NY), Yaddo (NY), Spiro Arts (UT), The Hambidge Center (GA), The Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), and Pontlevoy Creative Residencies (France). Brammeier is a Professor of Art at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.