Carol Hepper (b. 1953, McLaughlin, South Dakota) was first discovered by Guggenheim curators in the early 1980s for sculptures derived from her childhood experience and immediate surroundings on the American Great Plains. Hepper was selected for a solo exhibition at P.S.1 in Queens, NY. in 1982 and was consequently selected to be part of the significant sculpture survey New Perspectives in American Art: 1983 EXXON National Exhibition at the Guggenheim museum. She moved to New York in 1985.
Through her wide range and use of specific materials, Hepper systematically and spontaneously places weight on the ‘object’- its cultural implications, spatial boundaries and possibilities, as well as her respect for its power. Hepper has exhibited in museums in the United States and abroad and her work is part of private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; North Dakota Museum of Art; and the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Netherlands. She has received numerous awards and grants internationally.