Heide Trepanier received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her master’s degree in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In 2000, Trepanier won a $10,000 grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a gallery show in Chelsea. New York art dealer Stefan Stux selected her for group exhibitions with Stux Gallery. Her painting “Wave” was selected in 2006 for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ 21st-Century gallery. John Ravenal, the museum’s modern art curator says “Trepanier… knows how to control her materials, and she understands color, and she’s confident working on a large scale.” She “embraces elements of chance, but also possesses the virtuosity to turn accident into art”. In 2007, Trepanier was commissioned to paint “The Quiet Place” on the lobby wall at the Richmond Public Library. Trepanier has exhibited overseas and with Richmond’s distinguished Reynolds Gallery. She spent several years as an adjunct professor in VCU’s painting and printmaking department and taught at the University of Richmond. She is enrolled at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland for her doctoral in media and communication.
In 2013, Trepanier founded the innovative Lovebomb studio, a performance space and art studio on 21st Street, in Richmond, VA.