Lu Heintz is an artist, educator, and feminist collaborator currently based in Providence, RI. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has studied at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Ox-Bow (MI), and CE.CA.TI (Michoacán, Mexico), and been awarded residencies at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center and Arts, Letters and Numbers (NY). She has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The International Sculpture Center and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
She balances her artistic endeavors with a commitment to feminist pedagogy and scholarship, and is an Associate Artist Researcher for the Digital Institute of Early Parenthood (UK). Social practices include collaboratively edited, independently published magazines; anti-gentrification community organizing; farming; mutual aid; non-institutional educational outreach such as workshops and mentoring; feminist Wikipedia editing and intersectional feminist reading groups. She teaches in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at RISD and is actively engaged in many community-based art organizations. Her work appears at parks, housing projects and street corners, and in national and international museums and galleries. Exhibitions include the RISD Museum, the National Ornamental Metals Museum, R.K. Projects, Brood Film Fest and Sarah Doyle Gallery. She is a member of WARP, a textile-based studio collective in located in Atlantic Mills, Providence.