When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan

July 10 - September 12, 2018

In When the Water Rises, contemporary artist Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings explored imaginative scenarios and alternative habitats as her personal response to the threat of environmental disasters. Intricately wrought, these eleven monumental canvases evoked the fantastical allegories of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime vistas of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt. A former professor of painting at Penn State, Heffernan spells out the dilemma of climate change, but also begins the conversation about how we might adapt to vastly different climatic conditions.


Professor of fine arts at Montclair State University, Heffernan received her M.F.A. in painting from Yale University and is represented by P.P.O.W. in New York and the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. Her work is represented in major museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum, McNay Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Palmer Museum of Art.


When the Water Rises was organized by the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.