Art Department
Heather Mathews

Heather Mathews

Associate Professor + University Gallery Coordinator

253-535-7574 (office)



Art History


BA in Art History and German , Hood College

Ph.D. in Art History, University of Texas

Heather joined the Art Department in 2007. She earned her BA in Art History and German from Hood College and her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her specialization is the German art of the Cold War period, and she is interested in all aspects of German culture and history, especially issues of national identity and memory.

Since the initiation of PLU’s BA in art history in 2008, Heather’s teaching has focused on modern and contemporary art in Europe and the United States. This has included topical classes that extend beyond the Department of Art and Design, such as a seminar in Gender issues cross-listed with the Women’s and Gender Studies program and a course in Art and Society for the International Honors Program.

In 2008 Heather took on the programming of the University Gallery. The Gallery serves as a fulcrum between PLU and the larger community, hosting numerous talented artists from the Tacoma area and serving as a showcase for the work of PLU students and faculty.