SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cuesta College Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery on the San Luis Obispo campus will host Julie Heffernan’s art exhibit As the Waters Rise from August 29th to October 11th. Heffernan’s artwork aims to offer a surrealist vision of the environment around us and the human condition, reflecting environmental awareness.

“Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess,” says Emma Saperstein, curator of the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery. “With rising waters, [Heffernan] imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey.”

The opening reception for this exhibit will be held on August 29th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with an Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m. in the Experimental Theater at the Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center. Heffernan will also host an informal sneak peek at 12:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Julie Heffernan received her MFA in Painting from Yale and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Heffernan is in the collection of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.

The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is located in Room 7170 on Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo campus. For a full schedule of exhibits and hours of operation, please visit the gallery webpage or call (805) 546-3202.