Heidi Hooper, Artist Guest of Honor
Heidi Hooper is the Dryer Lint Lady — Believe it or Not.
A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s sculpture department, she later studied for her master’s at the University of California Long Beach and the Massachusetts College of Art (Where she also taught for a year). After cancer ate most of her upper arm, she has tried to find new ways of making art and has become the nation’s leading dryer lint artist.
Her work is showing in Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums around the world, and Heidi was featured in their books. Her work is also currently showing in galleries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
After Consumer Reports called her “The Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint” she made a piece called “Andy Warhol in Dryer Lint” which won her the prestigious Niche Award for recycled art. She was just nominated for the 2016 award as well, which will be her 4th such nomination.
Heidi is also one of the founders of modern live action role-playing games in North America, running Alliance LARP with her husband, writer Michael A. Ventrella.
Her web page is HeidiHooper.com