Artist and educator Eleanor Heimbaugh is a native Kansan who grew up among a family of engineers, teachers, and makers with a constant desire to create. Heimbaugh is curious about the environments around her and since childhood explored her surroundings through extensive bike rides, hiking adventures, and inquiry leading to discovery.
She loves to explore abandoned buildings and trash piles, discovering discarded and aged remnants. While out on walks and everyday commutes Heimbaugh photographically documents modern day remnants, such as a bottle cap in the grass or a piece of smashed gum on the sidewalk. Her love of fossil hunting was nurtured by a geology club in 4-H and years of digging around gravel roads and fields to find Cretaceous marine fossils from the pre-historic ocean that once covered Kansas.
Heimbaugh presents research at conferences and is juried into regional, national, and international
exhibitions. She earned a BFA in studio at Washburn University in Topeka, KS and an MFA with an emphasis in Ceramics from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. Heimbaugh is currently teaching as the Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at Bethany College, in Lindsborg, KS.