Richard Heipp received his MFA from the University of Washington, and his BFA degree from Cleveland Institute of Art.
Heipp is a painter, who has also created large-scale installations and site-specific public art projects. Prior to becoming the school's Director in 2010, he taught painting at the University of Florida for 30 years.
Heipp’s public art projects synthesize digital and analogue processes. He has been commissioned to complete twenty site-specific public art projects that have involved media including traditional painting, photography, various lighting elements and relief sculptural. components
Richard Heipp is also remains active an exhibiting artist. He has had more than twenty-five solo exhibitions including shows at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Jacksonville the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Stetson University. Other solo exhibitions have included such venues as: Mindy Soloman Gallery, Clearwater, FL Mac B Projects, Sarasota, FL, the Lowe Gallery, Atlanta GA, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, the Alexander Brest Museum, Jacksonville FL, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savanna, GA, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA, and the Center for Contemporary Art, at the University of Kentucky.
His work has also been featured in well over one hundred group exhibitions in such institutions as the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Seattle Art Museum, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Henry Art Gallery. His paintings and installations are included in numerous public and private collections nationally including the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, the Harn Museum of Art, Polk Museum, the Progressive Companies, Miami University, and the City of Seattle.
His many grants and awards have included: six State of Florida, Individual Artist Fellowships, and a Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in painting. Heipp was also honored by the Southeastern College Arts Association having received the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award for 2006. He has been awarded a College of Fine Arts Research Foundation Professorship as well as 20 University sponsored research awards. His teaching has also been recognized through two “Teacher of the Year Awards” for the College of Fine Arts.