Jenny Heishman and Kurt Kiefer, firmly rooted Northwest transplants, will be combining their experience as artists, project managers, and planners to develop functional design elements as a “kit of parts” for King County’s new Lake to Sound Trail.
As a team, they bring many years of experience creating publicly-sited artworks and value working with communities. Jenny and Kurt have previously collaborated on three separate projects: two in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, with Jenny as the artist and Kurt and his colleague Pablo Schugurensky serving as project managers; and most recently, as members of a team (also with Schugurensky) planning opportunities for other artists along Sound Transit’s East Link project extending light rail from Seattle to Redmond.
Jenny’s work is known for playful gestures in which recognizable forms and materials are transformed into objects that reward the viewer with unexpected discoveries. Her work has been recognized with grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), PONCHO, and in 2011 she was awarded the Betty Bowen Award and a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation.
Over the last twenty-five years Kurt has designed and built theatrical scenery, carved gargoyles, worked in nonprofit arts galleries, led nonprofit boards, facilitated many public art projects and created his own sculpture and other artworks for exhibitions and public places. He believes that in another life he might have been an engineer if he had only passed calculus.