Heather McGill is Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Sculpture Department. She studied at the University of California at Davis and received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984. Prior to becoming Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook, McGill taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred.
McGill has received grants for both permanent and temporary installations from the National Endowment for the Arts, LEF Foundation, Ford Foundation, California Arts Council, and the California Arts Commission. In 1999, she received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and in 2011 the Kresge Artist Fellowship.
Her work is included in the public collections of the U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland, Sprint, Albright Knox Gallery, Fidelity Investments, Compuware, Progressive Art Collection, Kresge Art Museum, Wellington Management, the Exploratorium Science Museum, Hallmark, Daimler Chrysler World Headquarters, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
In the past few years McGill has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibitions in venues including the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, Grand Raids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga, New York, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, Michigan, Serpentine Gallery, London, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, Whatcom Museum Whatcom, Bellingham, Washington, San Jose Museum, San Jose, California, Knoedler & Company, New York, L.A. Louver, Venice California, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina.