Working out of Portsmouth, VA, Peelen currently teaches traditional and graphic arts at Regent University and Tidewater Community College. She is chief executive of the non-profit organization Watershed Art House and works to produce community and private art events and exhibitions monthly.  



Master of Fine Arts in Digital Imagery, Completed in May 2014 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing & Design, Completed in December 2011 Old Dominion University, Virginia. 



Adjunct Professor, Regent University, Spring 2015 to present 

ANIM 100 Fundamentals of Animation
ANIM 103 Intro to Digital Art
ANIM 121 2D Design Methods 

ANIM 122 3D Design Methods
ANIM 222 Storyboarding
ARTA 201Comparative Figure and Anatomy 

ARTA 320 Painting 1
ARTA 120 Introduction to Drawing
ARTA 100 History of Art & Design 1
ARTA 105 History of Art & Design 2
GENE 100 Art and Culture 

Course Developer for the following classes in initiation of new Bachelor of Fine Arts program for Graphic Arts concentration, Regent University, Fall 2017 to present 

ARTA 401 Advanced Drawing
ARTA 201 Comparative Figure & Anatomy 

ARTA 120 Introduction to Drawing
ARTA 100 History of Art & Design 1
ARTA 105 History of Art & Design 2 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University, Fall 2015 to Fall 2017 

Fundamentals of Drawing 

2D Design Methods 

Non-Traditional Animation 


Chief Executive Officer, Watershed Art House, Non-profit organization focused on ephemeral and conceptual-based art for 757 community outreach, Portsmouth and Norfolk VA, October 2017 to present 

Instructor, D’Art Center of Norfolk, VA, Fall 2016 Beginning Drawing 

Art Teacher, Central Christian Academy, Portsmouth VA, September 2008 to June 2009 Art Education, First through Eighth grade art classes 



Appointed Commissioner for Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission, 2019 

Nominee for Hampton Roads Chamber Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2019 

Nominee for Art & Society in Britain Seminar, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT, 2019

Glass Wheel Studio Artist Program awarded artist, 2016 & 2017 


Commissioned by Crudo Nudo of Norfolk, VA to create original installation mural for interior walls, located at 21st Street, Norfolk VA, April 2018. 

Commissioned by Fruitive Café of Norfolk, VA to wallpaper hand-drawn original mural to café interior walls, located at Colley Avenue, May 2017. 

Commissioned by Push Comedy Theater of Norfolk, VA to paint murals on the interior and façade, located at 763 Granby Street, June 2015 and September 2016. 

Commissioned by Glass Wheel Studio of Norfolk, VA to wheat paste an original digital print to building’s exterior, located at 158 W Olney Road, September 2016. 

Commissioned by Virginia Diner of Wakefield, VA to draw illustrations for holiday brochures and roadside billboards, located at 408 County Drive, September 2012. 

Commissioned by Williamsburg Winery of Williamsburg, VA to draw illustrations for Winemaker’s blends wine bottle labels, located at 5800 Wessex Hundred, November 2012. 


Double-Edged, Group Exhibition, MOCA at BOJU Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA, March 2019. 

Leftovers: Invaluable Valuables, Group Exhibition, Analogue Lab & Studio, Norfolk VA, January 2019. 

Suburban Satiation by Heidi Peelen: Third Thursdays at the Chrysler Glass Studio, Norfolk VA, September 2018. 

Watershed Art House presents: Sensor Stimuli, Fakation All I Ever Wanted, Group Exhibition, curator and producer, Norfolk VA, May 2018.
Watershed Art House presents: This is How You Art, performed, curator and producer, Push Comedy Theater, Norfolk VA, March 2018. 

Watershed Art House presents: Sympathy for the Man, curator and producer, Norfolk VA, January 2018.
Profound Idiosyncrasy: Social Commentary Art by Heidi Peelen & John Tobin, James Wise Gallery at Norfolk State University, August 2017 – October 2017.
Low-Key Starved: A Performative Art Show by Heidi Peelen, Push Comedy Theater, August 2017.
Trompe L’Oeil: Glass Wheel Studio Artists Exhibition, Glass Wheel Studio, August 2017.
Just Between Us, Glass Wheel Studio, June 2016.
NATIVE, Work Release, February 2016.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Heidi Peelen, Pratt Institute Digital Department, February 2014. 


Featured article for Popscure, Norfolk, VA, September 2018. 

Featured article for WHURK Magazine, Richmond, VA, April 2018. 

Featured Artist for Third Thursdays at the Chrysler Glass Studio of Norfolk, VA, September 2018. 

Featured Artist in Virginian Pilot of Norfolk, VA, May 2018.

Friday Featured Artist for AltDaily of Norfolk, VA, November 2016 & August 2017. 

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