Artist Heather Bullach on Imagining a Better World
Heather Bullach ’11 is the newest member of the Massillon Museum (MassMu) team, where she will bring national attention to the museum as traveling exhibits coordinator.
“I’m working to help develop the Nelly Toll exhibit, Imagining a Better World, into a traveling exhibit,” she said. “It will debut in New Jersey this fall, and we are working to book venues across the country for the next several years. I’m loving working with the really fantastic staff at MassMu, and am excited to see our hard work come together with the opening exhibit.”
Author Nelly Toll was a child survivor of the Holocaust whose artwork - created while in hiding from the Nazis - has been an inspiration for many. The exhibit originally debuted at MassMu one year ago.
Bullach is not new to the Stark County arts scene. An active member of Canton’s thriving downtown arts district., her project 50 stunned patrons with the photographic-like portraits of 50 prominent members of the arts community (including alumni Michelle Waalkes '07 and Tim Carmany '07) , all done in oils on canvas.
“The response was fantastic. It was thrilling to see how much everyone enjoyed the exhibit,” she said of “50.” “But even more rewarding was seeing the response of each of the subjects upon seeing their portrait for the first time.”
She credited Malone University’s art department for preparing her well.
“I loved my time at Malone,” Bullach said. “It allowed for individualized attention from a group of really fantastic professors. And the small class sizes and open studios made a great atmosphere for creating community amongst the art students.”
She also appreciated the opportunity to integrate her faith with learning.
“I know that my talent is a gift," said Bullach, "and so the best way I know to steward that is to use it to the fullest and to strive for excellence.”