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Giclee print on Hahnemuhle



Artist Bio

Sarah Heitkamp is the Curator and Director of Art Collections at the University of North Dakota. In her role she provides direct oversight for approximately 30,000 pieces of art, artifacts, and media owned by the University and oversees multiple galleries on campus and downtown. She teaches for the UND Honors Program and leads numerous internship opportunities, where she spends her days mentoring undergraduate and graduate students on methods to curate, research, preserve, prepare, display, catalog, track, and digitize artwork. Together she and her students have not only made more than 1,000 pieces of art permanently available for viewing across campus and downtown Grand Forks, but they have digitized thousands of works of art from the University’s permanent collections, making them available in an online database for viewing and research across the globe.

In addition to working as a curator and educator, Heitkamp is an interdisciplinary artist, with a background in fibers, sculpture, and mixed media. She is studying generative AI and the incorporation of technology into contemporary art. Her current body of work reflects both her journey with fiber arts and her research in technology and art.

A North Dakota native, Heitkamp has spent the last 18 years on a small farm in rural Petersburg, ND raising her children with her husband Charles. She holds an MFA and BFA in Visual Arts from the University of North Dakota and will receive an MA in Art and Technology from the University of Oklahoma this summer.

Additional Information

Commemorative digital print created for 'home.', a UND MFA alumni exhibition that took place in January and February of 2024 at the University of North Dakota Memorial Union Gallery. It depicts a blue sky with frost and house pattern

Artist Statement:

These days I refer to my home and family life as Domesticity, with a capital "D". It is what inspires my artwork, my studies, and my spirituality. I choose to live in a place that reminds me of my most positive and whimsical childhood memories. Magical memories of long days outdoors, hiding in the woods, reading, gardens, forts, pets, camping, crafting, food, and laughter. Each of which still visit my dreams and live on in similar ways as my husband and I raise our own family today.

I am a traditionally trained fibers artist with skills that were introduced to me in childhood by the women in my family. I carried those skills into college where I was able to refine them and begin experimenting with traditional craft as contemporary art. I have long held an interest in technology and its impact on our lives. My artwork incorporates technology in a way that weaves the magic and memory of childhood and home into a futuristic world where what is real and what is artificial is left intentionally ambiguous.




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