Meet the Artist~ Candace Heidenrich

Meet the Artist~ Candace Heidenrich

Artist Bio: 

Candace Heidenrich received her B.A. as a Lawrence Henry Gipson Scholar in Humanities and Education from The College of Idaho in 1978, followed by classes in mixed media at Otis Parsons and University of Southern California (USC).  She received an M.F.A. in Intermedia from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1991.

Her works have been exhibited at galleries and museums including: Ellman Francine Gallery in Los Angeles, UCSB Women’s Center, Art, Design & Architecture Museum (AD&A), Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and Oakland Museum of California.

Subsequent to her show at the Oakland Museum of California, she was written about by Ramsay Bell Breslin in the East Bay Express and also asked to give a guest lecture at the museum.

Early in her career, she served as chair of the art department at a private school in Los Angeles and was an art instructor at Long Beach City College. Additionally, she has been an art instructor locally at Art by the Sea Gallery in Bandon.[1] 

A resident of Bandon since 2018, Candace Heidenrich is the founder and owner of a marketing business for nonprofits. She seeks creative and artistic inspiration through nature walks, gardening, and writing.

Artist Statement:

Creating a personal visual vocabulary to engage the viewer is key to my work. As an intermedia artist, abstraction itself speaks to a hidden language and unrevealed experiences.

Over the years, my style has shifted from mixed media work to installation, and now, in recent years, a return back to mixed media.

The intersection of painterly fragments, along with snippets of text or even found objects allows me to puzzle the pieces together, weaving shapes, texture, colors and line into unexpected compositions. When I paint, I do much the same, seeking strong connections and a melding of media within each piece. My intent is to allow the viewer to enter into a collective language and visual experience through their own imaginings.


1989 – Ellman Francine Gallery, Los Angeles

1991 – UCSB Women’s Center, Solo Installation Show, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

1991 –  UCSB MFA Graduate Show, Art, Design, & Architecture (AD&A)

1992 – “Recent Painting and Sculpture by 20 California Artists,” Oakland Museum of California

1992 – “The Absence of Presence,” Solo Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

2024 – “Intersections,” Solo Show, Bandon Coffee Café, Nicart 

2024 – “Expressions West” Juried Exhibition, Coos Art Museum (CAM)

2024 – “Soiree,” Nicart Group Exhibition of 10 Abstract Artists, Coos Art Museum                                  


Private Collectors:

Concordia Homes, Parke Skelton, Joann Lombardo, Melissa Licker, Judy Silk, Charity Eleson

John Dadabay, Leah Freidenrich, Lindsey Lynch

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