Academic Drawing highlights drawing as a way of thinking in all modes of research. This site explores how our academic fields can be infused and extended using drawing practices, especially for knowledge workers whose primary research happens in the space of a small laptop screen.
Offering resources, examples, sketches, and weekly inspiration, Academic Drawing is open for named or anonymous submissions from researchers and students of any level who find themselves drawing as a way of planning, cementing, or perhaps escaping their research. Please send a link or a few JPEGs to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Academic Drawing Submission” in the subject line.
About the Author
Annie Heckman is a student of religion who has worked as an artist, educator, and publisher. Heckman received her BFA in Studio Art in 2002 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA in Studio Art in 2006 at New York University’s Steinhardt School, with a focus in video and printmaking. She has overseen the design and production of several books as the founder and director of StepSister Press, an independent publisher committed to creative inquiry through printed material and digital projects (founded 2007). In 2011, Heckman spoke on a panel on Beautiful Books at the Chicago Cultural Center as an expert on independent publishing and book design.
Heckman’s work as an educator includes projects as an Art & Dialogue expert at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2008-2015), including five years of co-facilitation of the rigorous Teacher Institute, and she served as Visiting Assistant Professor in studio art and digital media at DePaul University (2011-2014). Heckman has exhibited her studio work widely in the form of drawings, animations, and installations, receiving recognition in such publications as NewCity, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, and ArtPulse. She received the Dipty Chakravarty Award for excellence in the study of South Asian Society, History, and Culture from the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2015. She is currently an MA student in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, beginning her PhD in Fall 2016 with a focus in Buddhist studies. Support for Heckman’s research includes a Tibetan language teaching research fellowship and the Phool Maya Chen Award in Buddhist Studies. She is studying the role of non-humans in the 17th-century life story of the 14th-15th century Tibetan engineer saint Tangtong Gyalpo.