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Rebecca Heavner

Senior Instructor
  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Rebecca Heavner is the co‚Äźauthor of the illustration emphasis area in the College of Art & Media where she teaches illustration and design. Her 25+ year illustration career includes work in advertising, design, institutional and publication markets with recognition from American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and others. Rebecca is a contributing author to the book, A Companion to Illustration: Art and Theory, Chapter 2: Conceptual Illustration: Framework and Methodologies published by Wiley Blackwell in 2019.

Rebecca has worked the office of Michael Vergason, Landscape Architects in Alexandria, Virginia, first as an intern and later with Chroma Design, in Boulder, Colorado. While teaching illustration, Rebecca has collaborated on interactive installation art, illustration, and design projects. Rebecca’s current studio practice is informed by her long-time illustration career and landscape architecture. Rebecca has a research interest in illustration and design, and experiments with illustration media in her studio. Her critical scholarly writing on illustration, design, and landscape focuses on representation and media. Rebecca is currently researching and writing a paper, “Expanded Bauhaus Ideologies and the Future of 2D Design Principles,” for a paper for Design Communication Association conference on “FORGETTING / REMEMBERING: Design Communication for Experimental Traditions.”


Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Colorado Denver
MLA; Landscape Architecture

Virginia Commonwealth University

BFA; Communication Arts and Design, Illustration emphasis