Annie Hejny is a Minnesota-born emerging visual artist, intentionally exploring Minnesota’s waters to create abstract paintings with collected river water. She studied at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, earning a double-major B.A. in Elementary Education and Studio Art with Summa Cum Laude honors (2012).

Over the past four years, she has successfully completed over 20 commissioned projects for galleries, private collections, and public institutions, locally and nationwide. In 2015 and 2016, her paintings were selected and sold at the annual Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, receiving the ArtReach St. Croix award (2016). In June 2015, she participated in the Women's Art Institute (WAI) studio intensive at St. Catherine University. Simultaneously, she converted her single-stall garage into gallery three, a pop-up exhibition space for local artists and has curated five collaborative events. In June 2016, she returned as a Teaching Assistant for WAI.

She recently completed a two-year professional mentorship/protégée program through Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM). In August 2017, she will be the artist-in-residence at Lanesboro Arts in Lanesboro, MN. She resides in St. Paul and creates at the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis.

Here's an interview from 2016 during which I share about my art life and studio practice. 


Our Water:  River Paintings by Annie Hejny

May 31st - September 8th

Mill City Clinic Gallery of the University of Minnesota

901 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Reception and Artist Talk: Tuesday, July 25th 5:30 - 7:30 PM (light refreshments provided)


Casket Arts Summer Shindig

It's First Thursday Open Studio - with art, music and food! Visit me before I leave for my month-long artist residency.

August 3,  5 - 9 PM

The Casket Arts Building, Studio #213

681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Lanesboro Artist Residency Program

I will be living in Lanesboro, MN for one month, working with and researching the Root River.

August 6 - September 3, 2017

Community river painting event: Saturday, August 12, 10AM - 12PM

Details and more events here

Annie Hejny, Deborah Foutch and Steven McLoon

A juried, three-person exhibition presented by the Student Unions & Activities at the University of Minnesota.

October 13th – December 8th, 2017

The Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery

2017 Buford Circle, St Paul, MN 55108

Reception: October 13th from 6PM - 8 PM

Annie Hejny and Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker

A juried, two-person exhibition.

November 4 - December 2, 2017

Banfill-Locke Gallery

6666 East River Road, Fridley, Minnesota 55432

Annie Hejny

Solo exhibition.

March - April, 2018

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

700 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

Artist Talk at Sunday Forum: April 15

Annie Hejny

Solo exhibition.

September - December, 2018

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

800 Riverview Drive, Winona, MN 55987