Amanda Heidel ’17

New Paltz, New York

My experience at Open Wabi was like a breath of fresh air. My time there exceeded my expectations and gave me the time, space, and support to explore on so many different levels. I can't imagine never having the experience I had there, it changed my art practice and my life.


Amanda Heidel is a New York based artist. She grew up in New Jersey and received her BA in Advertising and PR, later continuing her education in Graphic Design. She is a current MFA student at SUNY New Paltz studying Sculpture. Her art practice merges art and life and explores the intersection of community, performance, materiality, and sustainability. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally throughout the United States, India, and Costa Rica.

"Art is my life and my life is art."

— Yoko Ono

Where to find

Work from the Open Wabi experience


5 interactive sensory stations all created utilizing materials found on the Open Wabi property