Annie Hejny is a Minnesota-born visual artist, intentionally exploring Minnesota’s waters to create textured abstract paintings with collected water and sediment. She studied at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, earning a double-major B.A. in Elementary Education and Studio Art ( Summa Cum Laude, 2012).
Over the past four years, she has successfully completed over 30 commissioned projects for galleries, private collections, and public institutions, locally and nationwide.
In June 2015, she participated in the Women's Art Institute (WAI) studio intensive at St. Catherine University. In June 2016, she returned as a WAI Teaching Assistant and completed a two-year professional mentorship/protégée program through Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM). 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).
During the month of August 2017, she was the artist-in-residence with Lanesboro Arts and organized collaborative workshops for the community of Lanesboro, MN. In 2018, she was one of four artists selected for the Pine Needles Residency program at Marine on St. Croix, MN, made possible by the Science Museum of Minnesota. In June 2018, she became a member of the Form + Content Gallery in the North Loop of Minneapolis. Her largest solo exhibition, Waterlines, was at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum from August 2018 - January 2019.
She has been a part of many community conversations around water at events and venues such as the Water Bar, Water Action Day, Friends of the Mississippi River, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Summit Hill Association for a Field Day with Linwood Elementary in St. Paul. She resides in St. Paul and continues to explore ways to honor the water.