Heather McCalla is originally from San Diego, California, where she studied furniture design and woodworking while attending San Diego State University. She obtained her BA in Applied Design in 2006, and worked as a finish carpenter and independent designer for three years before moving to Wisconsin in 2010. McCalla received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2013, where she subsequently lectured in the furniture design and woodworking department before moving to Richmond, Virginia to become a Fountainhead Fellow. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the US, including exhibitions at both the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York and the Haggerty Museum of Art in Wisconsin. Through the use of recognizable domestic objects, architectural forms, and outmoded construction techniques, her work explores the complex feelings and relationships associated with home and family.