Liz Bashore Heeren earned an MFA in painting at the University of South Dakota in 2007, an MA in art theory at the University of Arizona in 2000 and a BA from Saint Olaf College in 1997.  Heeren is a full time professor for the University of South Dakota Art Department and director of Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce, downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 
Heeren’s current work incorporates elements of drafting and technical drawing in addition to traditional painting techniques. Each work explores the surprising, unpredictable relationships that result from the overlap of unlike elements. With a background in biology, Heeren finds inspiration in documenting zones of biological reconfiguration – often times resourcing areas of physical or mental shift.