Vantage Points offers art education and mentoring to current and lifelong students to develop their artistic practice.

Who We Are

Our instructors are experienced, working artists who practice in a wide range of media and have employed different approaches in developing their careers. All of them are dedicated to assisting developing artists in exploring their chosen mediums and techniques to evolve their creative vision.

Heidi Norton

Founder

Photography/Sculpture/Installation

Heidi Norton is a contemporary artist, educator and writer living and working in NYC. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has taught all over the United States at some of the most acclaimed art institutions and universities, including SAIC, Parsons The New School, Fashion Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Purchase College, Columbia College Chicago, as well as many city colleges. At SAIC she worked as a faculty advisor for Admissions for 15 years traveling all over the US reviewing and advising on portfolio development. She has served on admission selection committees, worked as the Photography Department faculty academic advisor for 7 years, and was the inaugural visiting artist consultant to the Unilever Corporation. Additionally, Norton has worked in the fashion and beauty world as a photography retoucher and served on the Board at the Maple Street School. Her work is in the collection of many major institutions including the Art Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

 

Her 1970s origin as a child of New Age homesteaders in West Virginia is expressed through her sculptural work, which seeks to “preserve” and present organic materials by photographing and encasing them in glass, wax, resin and paint. Heidi has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Elmhurst Art Museum, Northeastern Illinois University, among others. Selected group exhibitions include Contemporary Museum Baltimore, Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 400 University of Illinois Chicago, La Box Gallery National School of Art France, DePaul Art Museum, Pablo de Lillo Estudio, Oviedo, Spain, The New Art Center, The Knitting Factory NY and GRIMM NY. Norton's works and writings have been published in Frieze, Art21, BOMB magazine and Journal for Artistic Research, Grafts by Michael Marder, and the newly released, Why Look at Plants ed. by Giovanni Aloi.

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Kate Steciw

Instructor

Sculpture/Photography/Video/Image Manipulation

Kate Steciw is a contemporary artist and educator working in Upstate New York. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Smith College. She uses sculpture, photography, new media, video, and image manipulation in her artwork. Kate worked as a professional retoucher for 20 plus years and has taught at Pratt, SAIC, and conducts her own retouching workshops. Because much of Steciw's work considers the object within the context of mass media and the web, her art can be associated with the canon of postinternet movement and is seen in many photography textbooks.

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Letha Wilson

Instructor

Photography/Sculpture/Installation

Letha Wilson is a mixed media artist who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, raised in Colorado, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her outdoor excursions amongst the Rocky Mountains have placed the natural world and its photographic image at the root of her artistic interests. She earned her BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. 

www.lethaprojects.com

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Antonio Bever

Instructor

Photography/Video/Books/Zines

Antonio is an artist and educator working and living between NYC and LA. He graduated with a BFA in photography from Purchase College and is currently an MFA candidate at University of California at Riverside. His work explores themes of consumption and commodity fetishism within the urban environment.

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Natalie Baxter 

Instructor

Fibers and Soft Sculpture

Natalie Baxter (b. 1985, Lexington, Kentucky) explores concepts of place-identity, nostalgic americana, and gender stereotypes through sculptures that playfully push controversial issues. Baxter received her MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012, has exhibited her work in galleries and museums internationally. Press for Baxter’s work includes, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, The Guardian, and Bomb Magazine. 

www.nataliebaxter.com

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Nyeema Morgan

Nyeema Morgan

Instructor

Interdisciplinary Artist

Nyeema Morgan (b. 1977, Philadelphia, PA) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. Her works include large-scale drawings, sculptures and printed matter, her works focus on how meaning is constructed and communicated given complex socio-political systems. Nyeema’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.She has held artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Smack Mellon

www.nyeemamorgan.com

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Jaqueline Cedar 

Instructor

Painting/Drawing/Installation 

Jaqueline Cedar was born in Los Angeles, CA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 2009 she received an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. Recent exhibitions include Shelter Gallery, New York (2022), Shin Haus, New York (2022), Smoke the Moon, Santa Fe (2022), Ladies' Room, Los Angeles (2021), 11 Newel, Brooklyn (2021), Peripheral Space, Los Angeles (2021), Hesse Flatow, New York (2020), Drawer NYC (2020), Field Projects, New York (2020), Underdonk, Brooklyn (2018), and David Risley Gallery Velvet Ropes, Copenhagen (2018). Press includes Artnet, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, Two Coats of Paint, New American Paintings, Gorky's Granddaughter, Painters' Table, and The Boston Globe. Cedar's paintings and drawings address uncanny scenarios where characters engage themselves and one another with sincerity and purpose. Moments of desire, self-reflection, and lack of control motivate postures filled with bravado and vulnerability. In October 2019 Cedar launched the curatorial exhibition program Good Naked Gallery. Projects hover around the intimate and awkward with a focus on work that engages tactility, humor, movement, and play.

www.jaquelinecedar.com

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Shala Miller 
 

Instructor

Photography/Video/Writing

Shala Miller, also known as Freddie June when she sings, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio by two southerners named Al and Ruby. At around the age of 10 or 11, Miller discovered quietude, the kind you’re sort of pushed into, and then was fooled into thinking that this is where she should stay put. Since then, Miller has been trying to find her way out, and find her way into an understanding of herself and her history, using photography, video, writing and singing as an aid in this process. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied photography, film, video and writing.

www.smille.co

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Leah Dixon
 

Instructor

Sculpture

I build sculptures and spatial interventions that address spaces where bodies and architecture collide - fallen monuments, games, the military, nightlife and other public meeting places. I build all of my work by hand via labor-intensive processes - resulting in playful geometric materialities, that question historical narrative and propaganda.

www.leahdixonart.com

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"I felt supported and grew as an artist through the critiques, class discussions, and research. Heidi runs an intensive class—she is incredibly smart and a strong and inspiring teacher."