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Heather Lineberry

Heather Lineberry

Associate Director and Senior Curator, ASU Art Museum, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


ASU Art Museum
Arizona State University
PO Box 872911
Tempe, AZ 85287-2911


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Director and Senior Curator, ASU Art Museum, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


Heather Sealy Lineberry is Senior Curator/Associate Director at the Arizona State University Art Museum and curates contemporary art exhibitions with an emphasis on new art forms, collaborations across disciplines and experimental curatorial approaches.  Beginning in 2000, her research and curatorial work have focused on artists who explore the interconnected natural, built, social and political environment and employ strategies from visualization to engagement to shift our understanding and behavior. Lineberry organized Defining Sustainability (Fall 2009), a series of exhibitions and projects in a variety of media and practices that came together to define sustainability. The goal was to outline the complex ideas for a broad audience through work by artists and designers, and generate ongoing, interdisciplinary conversations on the challenges. Recent projects include Cu29: Mining for You, 2013, a collaborative exhibition by artists Matthew Moore (Phoenix) and Clare Patey (London) centered on the issue of the depletion of elements in the periodic table, specifically copper. Aspects of the exhibition explored the legal and cultural implications of staking a claim and our dependence on copper for everything from saucepans to cell phones. Lineberry and the artists collaborated with students and faculty from the School of Art, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Lineberry’s exhibitions and accompanying catalogs have traveled to museums across the U.S. She participates on The Endeavor Consortium on Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research, and teaches in the Museum Studies program in the School of Art.


  • MA, Art History (Early 20th Century European Art), University of Texas-Austin, 1988
  • BA Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program, Art History and German, University of Texas-Austin, 1985


Book Chapters


Lineberry, H. S. and A. Wiek. 2016. Art and sustainability. Pp. 311-324 In: Heinrichs, H., P. Martens, G. Michelsen and A. Wiek eds., Sustainability Science: An Introduction. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-7242-6_26. ISBN: 978-94-017-7241-9. (link )