Merijn van der Heijden
Director, Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery
- BFA in Art, Akademie voor Beeldende Vorming
- MFA in Art, The Ohio State University
Growing up in The Netherlands, Merijn first studied at Akademie voor Beeldende Vorming, in Tilburg, where she received her BFA in Art. She then came to The Ohio State University where she received her MFA in Art. Since becoming Director in 2017, Merijn has focused on strategic planning as well as strengthening university and community partner relationships in an effort to articulate, expand, and diversify exhibitions and programs at the Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery. Within this role, Merijn appreciates that she gets to keep her hands in artistic practice while also helping shape and contribute to student success by providing hands-on arts-related experiences for them. In her free time, Merijn likes to read, write, spend time in her studio, and most importantly, spend time with her family. She can also speak six different languages and loves taking long road trips.
Merijn recommends relaxing and finding space in and between the moments that constitute this life.