Alison Heryer

The Sue Horn-Caskey & Charles F. Caskey Professorship in Textile Arts & Costume Design

FMH 207

Alison Heryer is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines dress, performance, and social practice. As a costume designer, she is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, the union and professional association of the leading artists working in film, theatre, opera, ballet, and television. Her design credits include productions at Steppenwolf Theatre, 59E59, The New Victory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Portland Opera, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Redmoon Theater, and La MaMa. Awards include the Arts KC Inspiration Grant, the Michael Phillippi Prize, the Austin Critics Table Award, and the Portland Drammy for Costume Design.  She has exhibited costume and performance-related work at Boston’s 808 Gallery, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Prague Quadrennial of Design and Space, and the 2017 World Stage Design Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.  Her research focuses on sustainable and inclusive approaches to costuming for the body for a variety of narrative contexts in entertainment, fashion, and contemporary art.


  • BFA Studio Art
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • MFA Costume Design
    The University of Texas at Austin