Heather Raquel Phillips is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, text and photography. A native of Philadelphia, Heather Raquel received her BFA from Tyler School of Art (2008) and her MFA and Time-based Media Certificate from University of Pennsylvania (2016) where she was the recipient of the prestigious Toby Devon Lewis Fellowship & the Stuart Egnal Scholarship Award. As the reigning Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017, Phillips is merging activism and art via the BDSM community. She has recently showed work at Mama Gallery, LA, the Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia and BLAM Gallery In Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania.