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Heather Bren

Job Title

  • Associate Professor of Art and Design
    Art & Design College of Arts and Sciences


Ms. Bren received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from University of Northwestern – St. Paul, and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics (the terminal degree in her field) from the University of Kansas. Ms. Bren is currently an Associate Professor of Art & Design at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul; she previously taught at Bethel as an adjunct instructor. In addition to her academic position, she is also a faculty mentor in ceramics for the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education at Minneapolis’ Northern Clay Center. Her work as an artist has been recognized and separated by several awards, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Project Grant, a McKnight Artists Fellowship, and a Jerome Foundation Grant.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Northwestern- St Paul - B.A. Graphic Design, Studio Art, 1999
  • University of Kansas - M.F.A. Ceramics, 2003