b. Racine, Wisconsin, 1969
A student of natural sciences, Heide switched to fine arts as the focus of her study in 1992. She Graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995, and an MFA in Painting at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. She is currently a Ph.D. ABD in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at The European Graduate School. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the US and internationally, and is part of collections at The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, The Speed Museum in Kentucky, and many corporate and private collections. Heide has received fellowships from The Pollock/Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences among others. She was most recently Director of The Temple of the Cosmic Mothership, an artist collective and community center and an adjunct professor of painting at University of Virginia.
She currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia