Jennifer Heller

Jennifer Heller Zurick
Berea, KY
2010 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Rasmuson Foundation.

Jennifer Heller Zurick is a self-taught artist who has been making basketry professionally since 1980. She harvests and hand-processes black willow bark from trees growing along the banks of the Kentucky River, close to her home. Zurick combines different weaving and twining techniques to produce varied textures and rhythms in her textile-like vessels. She is inspired by early Native American techniques as well as by the work she has encountered on travels to Laos, Nepal, Bali, and Equador.

Photo credit Terry Nelson.
  • Artwork by Jennifer Heller Zurick
    Untitled #675, 2008; photo credit Mary Rezny
Artwork by Jennifer Heller Zurick