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The exhibition at Woodland Pattern will focus primarily on work created since I moved from southeast Wisconsin to Central Wisconsin. While the venue has changed, the work is essentially the same, letterpress artists' books on mostly handmade paper. My work is political in nature, as I worry about issues of equality, choices made by and for each of us and questions raised by those issues and choices.
Caren Heft was born in Panama City, Florida and grew up there, Chicago, Madison and Dallas. Her degrees are from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.F.A. with honors, M.A. And M.F.A. She is at present the Director of the Edna Carlsten Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Formerly she was the associate curator at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine Wisconsin (now the Racine Art Museum). She curates the exhibitions at the Carlsten Gallery, teaches at UWSP and is the sole proprietor of the Arcadian Press. Her letterpress books are included in more than 123 public collections, world wide, including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris. She has published thirty-nine plus books, essays, museum brochures and broadsides. She has exhibited in 151 exhibitions, 1985-present, including Artists Interrogate: Race and Identity, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2005 and Corporal Identiity: Body Language: 9th Triennial for Form and Content, USA and Germany; Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfort, Germany; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2003-2004. She lives in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, with one dog (formerly two dogs) and one very controlling cat.