Mid-Shore Arts: Heather Harvey and her Trash


There are very few better examples of the remarkable art community axis that exists on the Mid-Shore between Easton and Chestertown than visual artist Heather Harvey. By day, Heather commutes to Kent County from her home on Hanson Street to assume the role of the Chair of Washington College’s Department of Art and Art History. But other times,  she can be found at the Davis Art Center in Easton working on projects in her massive second-floor studio with everyday materials to make the familiar strange and renewed.

Academically trained as an archaeologist, Heather came to realize that her greatest passion centered more around the philosophical questions that emerged as a result of an archaeology dig, or the “poetry,” as she puts it, that was found. And that search for poetry was found  with old materials, even trash found around Easton, that have spanned different moments in time and human memory.

The Spy sat down with Heather a few months ago to talk her most recent work which was inspired by her recently being awarded the highly prestigious Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award in 2017.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Heather Harvey’s work please go here


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  1. I do Appreciate this interview. Heather is a great artist , a solid grounded
    Community minded person with a terrific perspective about living
    An art filled life with real purpose. Most importantly heather reminds us
    That we need to keep observing and understanding the
    many things we tupicslly take for granted . I very much appreciate the
    evolution in her career , Starting from a background of historic archeological
    proficiency and morphing those skills into to her Art based “poetic” way
    Recognizing and interfacing with life. This is
    Much the same kind of story as sculptor Kendall Buster and her personal evolution of biological
    Lab Skills evolving into dynamic and complex sculptural creations.

    This is the way we All Can begin to understand the majesty of creation.

    Heather reminds us that Art is happening every day
    Intentionally or not just within our grasp. It’s up to
    Us to recognize it.

    Thanks to “the spy” for these interesting life’s
    work interviews. A lovely feature in an area jammed
    With accomplished and interesting people.

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