Heike Schmid joined Folsom Lake College in the Fall of 2008 specializing in 2-Dimensional Art. Prior to Folsom Lake College Professor Schmid taught at various California Community Colleges, including Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, and San Joaquin Delta College. Additionally, she worked in the Fine Art Industry: in her ten year tenure as fine art registrar and manager of the storage department of Atthowe Fine Art Services in Oakland, CA she communicated daily with museums, galleries, artists, and collectors on a regional, national, and international level. Further, she co-founded and co-directed a Gallery project in Berlin, Germany, the main mission of which was (and still is) to exhibit under-represented artists and to provide a forum for international exchange in the visual and performing arts. Her knowledge of the art market from various perspectives helps students prepare for the opportunities and challenges of the art market in regard to future career objectives.
Heike Schmid received her undergraduate training in Berlin, Germany where she also studied English and American Literature and Linguistics as well as Art History. She came to the United States by way of a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Services (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst-DAAD). She then continued her studies in the U.S. and earned her Master's Degree from California State University Sacramento.
She is an active exhibiting artist. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries in Sacramento, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Berlin, Germany. It has been acquired by collectors in California, Germany, France, and Canada. She is dedicated to continually refining her artistic vision and to exploring the infinite possibilities of painting, drawing, and printmaking. It comes natural to her to pass on her acquired knowledge and experience in studio art, and she finds it meaningful to share this knowledge with students.