Bio

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. 

In the Fall of 2019, Heather left Erie continued her adventure at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. She is presently their Teaching Assistant Professor of Interactive Design in Media at the Reed College of Media. At WVU, Heather teaches Game Design and Development as well as Interactive Arts. In these courses, students learn game design and development concepts through Adobe Creative Applications, Unity, and Python.

When she isn't teaching, Heather delights in expanding her toolset to support her interactive art practice as well community service. She designs children's books and her personal artwork. She is also fortunate to have the company of her two highly imaginative children and sister that inspire her work.

"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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