Victoria Heilweil joined the Photo Department as a lecturer at San Jose State University in 2015, teaching Beginning Photography and Black and White Darkroom. She also currently teaches in Public Education at the San Francisco Art Institute. Heilweil’s past teaching experience includes California College of the Arts, City College of San Francisco, Solano Community College, California State University Fullerton and Art Center College of Design.
Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, curator and educator based in San Francisco. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 1995. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Root Division, California Academy of Sciences, Art Works Downtown, PHOTO Fine Art, Pro Arts and Rayko Photo Gallery in the Bay Area, Medium Festival of Photography, wall space gallery and Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, University Art Gallery at California State Chico, Minneapolis Photo Center, Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. She has also created public and community based art works in conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose, CA, Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, CA. In 2014 Victoria was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation.
Heilweil’s art practice uses photography to transform the mundane into the sublime. She explores the intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque, the alluring and the abject.
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