Southeast Missouri State University

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Benjie Heu 

Professor of Art

bheu@semo.edu
573-651-1858
http://www.benjieheu.com/

Office:  835BRD/105
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

MFA - Ohio University
Post Bac - University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
BFA - University of Montevallo

Benjie Heu Website

Campus Email: bheu@semo.edu
Campus Phone: 651-2721
Office: Memorial Hall 010

Benjie Heu has a master's of fine art degree in ceramics from Ohio University (1998) and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Montevallo (1994) with an emphasis in ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. In between degrees, he studied ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1995).

The ceramics of Benjie Heu expresses a personal narrative with the most outlandish adventures accounted with an eye fixed on the bare essentials. Battles against time, against the obstacles that prevent the fulfillment of desire or the repossession of something cherished but lost are themes that inspire him. Revealing truth and humor in the face of horror and the seemingly absurd is his answer.

Benjie maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include Benjie Heu at Illinois Cental College, Face Value at the College of Southern Nevada; Benjie Heu at Three Rivers Community College; and Characters at Central College in Iowa. Selected exhibitions include Resurfacing at North Central College, Fabrication/Fiction at Fontbonne University, I Don't Want to Grow Old and Bitter Alone, I want to Grow Old and Bitter with You at the LUX Center for the Arts; Diverse Domain: Contemporary North American Ceramics at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan; the NCECA Clay National in San Diego and Baltimore; the National Clay Symposium Exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center; the Ceramic Sculpture National Juried Exhibition at Nicholls State University; Plan B at the Mellwood Arts Center for NCECA Louisville; Ohio University Ceramics; 1990 Until Now at NCECA Louisville; Ink and Clay National at California State Polytechnic University; Visions in Clay at the University of the Pacific; Supernatural Soire'e at the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa; Ceramics Invitational at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach; Gut Feeling at Exploding Head Gallery in Sacramento; California Dreamin' at the ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center; Visions Within at Beth Allison Gallery in Kansas City; and Character Development at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in St. Louis.

Benjie Heu has over twelve years of teaching experience at the university level and has an extensive knowledge of contemporary and traditional ceramics that he generously shares with his students. Benjie believes a solid foundation of ceramic materials and processes will allow a student's creativity to grow unencumbered, thus enabling the student to ask critical questions regarding content and historical relevance. His teaching philosophy is committed to energize students toward a highly individualized body of work, whether it is the vessel or ceramic sculpture. Benjie glazes and fires his work in the ceramic facility, allowing the students to see how a professional artist works and thinks and to follow him through his creative process. Being active in the field of ceramics insures that the art students of Southeast receive the best education possible.

Benjie Heu relocated from northern California and joined the Art Department in 2005. His personal interests include drinking coffee, trying new foods, listening to loud music, laughing out loud, reading comic books, anything Tarantino, and playing with his two children, Dylan and Camilla.

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