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Jules Heller, American artist, educator, writer. Canada Council grantee; Landsdowne scholar University Victoria; Fulbright scholar, Argentina, 1990.


Heller, Jules was born on November 16, 1919 in New York City. Son of Jacob Kenneth and Goldie (Lassar) Heller.


AB, Arizona State College, 1939. AM, Columbia University, 1940. Doctor of Philosophy, University Southern California, 1948.

Doctor of Letters, York University, 1985.


Special art instructor, 8th St. School, Tempe, Arizona, 1938-1939;director art and music, Union Neighborhood House, Auburn, New York, 1940-1941;professor fine arts, head Department, University Southern California, 1946-1961;visiting associate professor fine arts, Pennsylvania State University, summers 1955, 57;director, Pennsylvania State University (School Arts), 1961-1963;founding dean, Pennsylvania State University (College Arts and Architecture), 1963-1968;founding dean Faculty Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, 1968-1973;professor fine arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, 1973-1976;dean, College Fine Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1976-1985;professor art, College Fine Arts, Arizona State University, 1985-1990;professor emeritus, dean emeritus, since 1990. Visiting professor Silpakorn U., Bangkok, Thailand, 1974, College Fine Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1974, U. Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina, 1990, U. Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 1990. Lecturer, art juror; Cons.

Open Studio, 1975-1976. Member visiting commission on fine arts Fisk U., Nashville, 1974. Co-curator Leopoldo Méndez exhibition Arizona State University, Tempe, 1999.


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    • One man shows include Gallery Pascal, Toronto, University Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaskaland Bear Gallery, Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, Arizona State University, Tempe, Lisa Sette Gallery, 1990, Centro Cultural de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán, 1990. Retrospective exhibition Arizona State University, Tempe, 1999, Town Hall, Paradise Valley, Arizona, 1999-1900, Cattle Track Arts Compound, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2006. Exhibited in group shows at Canadian Printmaker's Showcase, Pollack Gallery, Toronto, Mazelow Gallery, Toronto, Santa Monica Art Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum, Philadelphia Print Club, Seattle Art Museum, Landau Gallery, Kennedy & Company Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Dallas Museum Fine Arts, Butler Art Institute, Oakland Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, Santa Barbara Museum Art, San Diego Gallery Fine Arts, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York City, Yuma Fine Arts Association, Arizona, Toronto Dominion Centre, Amerika Haus, Hannover, Federal Republican Germany, University Maryland, Smith-Andersen Galleries, Palo Alto, California, Grunewald Center Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, Steel Pavilion, Phoenix, 2003, University Southern Florida, Tampa, Sheldon Memorial Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, Santa Cruz (California) Museum, Drake University, Iowa, Bradley University, Illinois, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Honolulu Academy Fine Arts, New Orleans Museum Art, Robert Roman Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2004, Arizona State University, 2005, Seattle Print Art, Jules Heller and Friends Cattle Track Arts Compound, Seattle, 2006.

      Represented in permanent collections, National Museum American Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Long Beach Museum Art, Library of Congress, York University, Allan R. Hite Institute of University Louisville, Arizona State University, Tamarind Institute, University New Mexico, Zimmerli Museum Rutgers University, New Jersey, Canada Council Visual Arts Bank, also private collections. Author: Problems in Art Judgment, 1946, Printmaking Today, 1958, revised, 1972, Papermaking, 1978, 79. Co-editor: North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century, 1995, Codex Méndez, 1999.

      Contributing artist: Prints by California Artists, 1954, Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana, 1948. Illustrator: Canciónes de Mexico, 1948. Author numerous articles.


Advisory board Continental affairs committee Americas Society, 1983-1986. With United States Army Air Force, 1941-1945. Member College Art Association (Distinguished Teaching of Art award 1995), Authors Guild, International Association Hand Papermakers (steering committee 1986-2007), National Foundation Advancement in the Arts (visual arts panelist 1986-1990, panel chairman 1989, 90), International Association Paper Historians, International Council Fine Arts Deans (president 1968-1969), Southern Graphics Council (printmaker emeritus award 1999).


Married Gloria Spiegel, June 11, 1947. Children: Nancy Gale, Jill Kay.

Jacob Kenneth Heller

Goldie (Lassar) Heller

Gloria Spiegel

Nancy Gale Heller

Jill Kay Heller