Photography (Major)

Alexander Heilner

Alexander Heilner is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video, digital imaging, installation, lighting design, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited, screened, and performed nationally and internationally, from MoMA to Burning Man. In 2012, he won the prestigious Baker Artist Prize.

Most of Alex’ photography consists of color landscapes. He is obsessed with the relationship between artificial and natural elements within the environment, and within our culture. His aerial photography has taken him across the U.S. and around the world, looking at the infrastructure and other marks humans paint across the earth’s surface — sometimes unwittingly, but increasingly by design. Alex has recently been documenting the elaborate campsites that serve as “home” for citizens of Black Rock City, the temporary desert metropolis built each summer for Burning Man. He is also working on The New Arctic, a long-term collaborative project to document Arctic communities that are in flux due to climate change


Alex’ images have been featured in National Geographic, Politico, and The Guardian, as well as countless digital outlets. His editorial work includes significant projects for public radio’s Marketplace, and the Encyclopedia of New York City. He earned his B.A. at Princeton University and his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has taught full time at MICA since 2003, and he served as MICA’s Associate Dean for Design and Media Studies from 2011 to 2018.