Heidi Martin Kuster

Artist Statement 

Many people gather keepsakes from natural settings.  This activity fulfills a desire to interact with, and belong to their environment. Nature holds not only opportunities for physical contact with our planet, but also the chance for emotional and intellectual synergy. This intention to connect with the larger realm of time and space is imminent in human consciousness. 

My work is an examination of nature’s mark making. I am particularly interested in rocks, and I study them to discover physical notations of the past. I consider rocks as metaphors to memories and selectively record certain surface impressions to create abstract paintings. Through this process I acknowledge the inevitable interplay between personal and universal recollection. 


Selected Solo Exhibitions

"Hunter - Gatherer", Leslie Curran Gallery, ARTICLES, St. Petersburg, FL March 2017

"Heidi Martin Kuster - Selected Works, Five Deuces Galleria, St. Petersburg, FL  March  2016

"Geological Notations", Tibbott Gallery, USN, Nashville, February  2015

"Rock, Paper, Plastic", Ground Floor Gallery + Studios, Nashville, September 2014

“Pop Up Expo”, Studio Pereire, Paris, France, May 2013

“Heidi Martin Kuster, New Works on Paper”, 360SEE Gallery, Chicago, September 2012

“Rocks”, The Cube Gallery, Saint Cloud, France, January 2012

“Heidi Martin Kuster Selected Works 2007 - 2011, 360SEE Gallery Chicago, March 2011

“Travel Notes - Appunti di viaggio”, Galleria Zamenhof, Milan, Italy September 2011

“Grids”, Gallery Art Nights BCN, Barcelona, November 2009

“Heidi Martin Kuster” Galeria Olokuti, Barcelona, Spain, March 2009

“Heidi Martin Kuster” Galeria Elizabeth Budia, Barcelona, Spain September 2008

“Presently Absent”, Bird-n-Hand Gallery, Washington DC 1990


Selected Group Exhibitions

“Made in Chelsea, a Group of 10”, Agora Gallery, NYC, August 2018

“Art on the Park” with Anderson Contemporary Gallery, NYC, July 2018

“Open Access”, Ground Floor Gallery + Studios, Nashville, TN, December, 2013

“VMRC Annual Art Exhibition”, Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA, June, 2010

“Destinations”, Gallery Art Nights BCN, Barcelona, Spain, August, 2009

“Abstractions”, Gallery Art Nights BCN, Barcelona, Spain, July, 2009

“Outta the Woodwork”, Gracia Arts Project, Barcelona, Spain, December 2008

“Setba Sinfonia”, setba zona d’art, Barcelona, Spain, December 2008

Galeria Elizabeth Budia, Barcelona, Spain, December 2008

Enid Oklahoma Gallery, Chicago, IL, June 1996

Gary Marks Gallery, Chicago, IL, July 1996

“Master’s Show”, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, May  1996

“Glimpses”, Zirkle House Gallery, James Maison University, Harrissonburg, VA, May 1992



Nashville Artists Blogspot, by Tina Gionis, Nashville, TN February 2015

NYCNASH  Wordpress, By Erica Ciccarone, Nashville, TN October 2014 

Arte Contemporane,  “Heidi Martin Kuster alla Galeria Zamenhof, Appunti Di Viaggio”, Virgilio Patrina, Octobre-Novembre 2011

Hotel Felix“Sustainable, Eco-Chic Art Showcased at 360SEE”, Jordan Witkov   July 2010

Art Nights BCN“Grids, The Work of Heidi Martin Kuster” Autumn ZimmermanNovember 2009


Education and Residencies

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT  September 2016

MAAE in Painting, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1996

Studied Paper and Bookmaking Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL1992

Studied Painting, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 1990

Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA 1984



Heidi Martin Kuster lives and works in Manhattan, NY.  A native of Virginia, she spent her youth in the midwest and as an adult has lived in Nashville, Chicago, Barcelona, and Paris.  Her work is in private collections throughout the world.