Heath Matysek-Snyder is an Assistant Professor of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is the Lead Professor of the Wood Area. Heath has been an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, Designed Objects Tasmania, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and at the Emma International Collaboration, in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan. He was the head of the Wood Program at UW-Madison from 2009-2012 and cofounded Drift Studio, a design studio and product incubator, in 2010. His current work investigates the bundling, stacking and clustering of materials into and around forms. This grouping of materials takes shape as furniture, as installation and as interior-architecture. Heath is intrigued by the visual patterns and textures of stacked materials and his most recent work explores themes of place and identity by embedding meaningful objects and artifacts within stacks of firewood. He earned his BFA from VCU in 2000 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004.