Heidi Kumao

Emerging Fields, 2002

Heidi Kumao is an interdisciplinary artist who creates videos, machine art, and installations to explore ordinary social interactions and their psychological undercurrents. These works span a wide range in media from wearable electronics and animation to video sculpture and robotic girl’s legs.  She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Spain and Canada including shows at Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo), Museu de Arte Moderne (Buenos Aires) and Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. Recent group exhibitions include “Human+” at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Wing Luke Asian Art Museum (Seattle), and Usina do Gasômetro Cultural Center (Porto Alegre, Brazil).  Her film, “Swallowed Whole,” was screened in over 25 film international film festivals and was awarded “Best Experimental Film” at the Female Eye and Humboldt International Film Festivals in 2015. She has received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: Heidi Kumao's robotic girls' legs sculptures are part of a large group exhibition, "Human+: The Future of Our Species" at ArtScience Museum in Singapore from May 20-Oct.15, 2017.

2016: "Swallowed Whole: A Visual Journey Through Traumatic Injury and Recovery" at Lane Hall Gallery, Univ of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender and Women’s Studies Dept. Sept 1 - Dec 9, 2016

2009: Kumao receives Guggenheim Fellowship

2008: Kumao receives Governor's Award for Michigan Innovative Artist as one of three individual awards given to artists in the state

2007: Kumao receives a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

2006: Kumao receives the Malvina Hoffmann Award for Finest Sculpture from the National Academy