Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial PracticeFacultyStaff Merijn van der Heijden grew up in Tilburg, the Netherlands where she received her BFA degree with a distinction in Sculpture and Textiles from the Academy of Fine Arts and Art Education. She received her MFA degree with a distinction in Media Arts from The Ohio State University. Merijn was awarded a national MFA juried award upon completion of her MFA, which resulted in a solo exhibition in New York, and she has presented her own work across the United States and in the Netherlands. Merijn served as the Director of the Denison University Art Gallery prior to accepting a position of Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida where she taught sculpture, installation art, performance and video art. Mrs. van der Heijden came back to Ohio and The Ohio State University in 2004 where she worked as Assistant Dean and Director of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Since July 2013, she serves as the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Practice for The Arts Initiative at The Ohio State University. She is responsible for coordinating and curating exhibitions at Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus and at Hopkins Hall Gallery on Ohio State's Columbus campus.