New York based painter Heather Holden was born in Racine, Wisconsin. She received her BS, MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin. She has presented solo exhibitions at 1708 Main Street Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; Marsh Gallery-University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia; Anderson Gallery-Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia; and at Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin. Group exhibitions included Found on Facebook, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, curated by Charles McGill; Paper Doll - Social Template, Organization of Independent Artists, New York City, curated by Sally Heller; The Turn Around Year, New York City, curated by Lowry Sims; Selections 23, The Drawing Center, New York City, curated by Thomas Lawson;  Non Traditional Painting, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn New York, curated by Jackie Battenfield; Exceptions, Pratt Institute Manhattan Center, New York City; Animals and Arch-types, PS122, New York City, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York City, among other national group exhibitions. She has been the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, The New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Stipend Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University Grant-In-Aid, National Endowment for the Arts - Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Grant, Teaching Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Art. She was an Instructor of Painting at Virginia Commonwealth University - Department of Painting and Printmaking and was an Art Teacher at Middleton High School, Middleton, Wisconsin.