Heidi Guibord is an artist and art teacher working in Alameda, CA. As a child, her favorite activity was taking her watercolors into the woods to paint nature. To the somewhat chagrin of her family, she also put up hand made signs around town offering her skills as an art teacher, starting at 9 years old. Throughout her life themes of identity, travel and culture have been constant in her art as well as her teaching.
During her studies at LIU- Global College, Ms.Guibord began to develop her artistic voice studying in Kenya, Costa Rica, Panama and Americus, Ga. She also taught art, math and English to youth in Nairobi, studied the African Diaspora in Central America and helped create a youth library.
After her undergraduate studies, Ms. Guibord studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she focused her work on her personal racial and cultural heritage, traveling to Norway for research. Shows include Import/Export at Chicago’s Womanmade Gallery, Postcards to New York at Columbia University in New York and her MFA thesis, Heidi’s Hauswares in Georgia.
In 2001, Ms. Guibord moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where she worked for AmeriCorps in Oakland, teaching high school art and math, and organizing the creation of a mural collaborating with community groups in the Fruitvale community. She worked at Leadership High School from 2004 - 2010 as an art teacher and student advisor. Ms. Guibord then worked as the design teacher at Albany High School and at Unity High School. She currently teaches art at Island High in Alameda and Acalanes Adult School in Walnut Creek.
Ms. Guibord became an artist-in-residence at the Red Cinder Creativity Center in Hawaii in 2006. She returned to East Africa (Ethiopia) in 2007 to study native crafts and contemporary works. She received a grant for the San Francisco Foundation Artist Fellowship program to travel to Ghana in the summer of 2008 to study printmaking. She also studied at Graff printmaking studio in Montreal during 2009. In 2017, she completed her Integrated Learning Specialist training through Alameda County Office of Education with focus on youth self empowerment.
Solo shows in the Bay Area area include In the Moment at the Alameda Main Library, WASP at MoJoe Cafe (Berkeley), Where I Stand at Cafe La Flor (San Francisco), Incidental Memories at Spellbinding Tales (Alameda), Shoe Show at the Grand Lake Community Center (Oakland), and Ship Paintings Artship (Oakland).