"The innovative cities of the coming age will develop a creative union of technology, arts and civics."

–Sir Peter Hall

© 2017 by Heather Cole​

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Pennsylvania has been Heather's home for many years. 

 

Her childhood was spent in both Erie and Pittsburgh. She reached adolescence in Meadville and attended Edinboro for undergraduate school. There, after several years of figuring out exactly what she wanted to do (Doctor-->Neurotechnology--->Artist!),  she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts at Edinboro University. Afterwards, she attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

 

While studying for a K-12 Art Education certification and earning an M.F.A., she taught in Erie Public Schools and a local private school. She also ran a gallery space and photographed local events. Once her certification and terminal degree were completed, she worked part-time at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and at Penn State University, The Behrend College. In 2015, she became a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital Arts at Penn State Behrend. There, she encouraged students to explore Digital Media from Photography to Interactive Design. She specializes in the fluid nature of how different media interact as well as utilizing it for community development projects. 

In the Fall of 2019, Heather left Erie for a new adventure at West Virginia University. She is presently their Teaching Assistant Professor in Interactive Design in Media at the Reed College of Media. 

When she isn't teaching or advising students, Heather delights in expanding her toolset to support her interdisciplinary art practice as well community service. She is also fortunate to have the company of her two highly imaginative children and sister.