Heidi Kayser is currently an MFA Candidate at University of California, San Diego in the Visual Arts Department. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art’s Studio for Interrelated Media, and has also completed coursework in premedical studies and in the Graduate Viola Performance Studio at Boston University. In 2004, she founded the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media in Boston, of which she was Director from 2004-2012. During this time, she also founded Art Technology New England, an arts advocacy and creative economy development initiative, and in 2010, both of these organizations became part of Boston Cyberarts, of which she was then Associate Director through 2012.
She has served as guest curator/juror for many shows and events and guest lecturer at many academic institutions throughout New England and California, as well as serving as adjunct faculty in the Art Department at Smith College and in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited widely throughout New England, New York, California and internationally in Turkey, Mexico and Spain.
She has received grants for her work from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Urban Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Fort Point Artist’s Community. She has been the recipient of the Massachusetts College of Art Distinguished Alumni Award, a nomination for the Foster Prize given by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and her recent public floating art installation was named by the Boston Globe as one of the 2011 top ten best art exhibitions in the Boston Metro area. Recently, she has also presented original art-based research at the Audacious Speculations Conference at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and at the Modern Language Association (Pacific Chapter) Conference.