In addition to teaching courses in painting, drawing and interdisciplinary arts (Capstone), Professor Higgins is a cross-disciplinary artist who actively exhibits and publishes her work. She has had solo shows at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, University of California (Los Angeles), Counterpath (Denver), BC Space (Laguna Beach) and other venues. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum/Grunwald Collection, Erie Art Museum (Pennsylvania), Laguna Beach Museum of Art, California Museum of Photography, Special Collections/UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Avant Writing Collection/The Ohio State University Libraries (Columbus), Judith A. Hoffberg Archive (Library of the University of California, Santa Barbara), The State University of New York at Buffalo (University at Buffalo Libraries, Special Collections) and elsewhere. Text/image-based art can be found in various forms such as paintings/drawings, visual poetry, artists' books, book sculptures, installation, mail art, photo-related works, and performance art as reviewed/published in THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, ANTIQUES & THE ARTS WEEKLY (New York), GENRE, ARTWEEK, and L.A. WEEKLY, among others. University of Iowa Press and other publishers have anthologized her poetry. DIAGRAM, BEYOND BAROQUE MAGAZINE, and FRE*QUEN*CY: THE POETHICS OF CHANGE (Naropa Press) also have included her poetry. Higgins has a special interest in word-image connections. Her visual poetry is published in VISIO-TEXTUAL SELECTRICITY (Runaway Spoon Press), ELEVEN ELEVEN (California College of the Arts), and THE L.A. TELEPHONE BOOK, VOL. 1, and Vol. 2. and also has been exhibited at Skylab Gallery (Columbus, Ohio), New Puppy Gallery (Los Angeles), Counterpath (Denver) and Otis College of Art and Design. OF MATERIALS, IMPLEMENTS (Dusie Kollektiv) is a combination artist book and poetic chapbook. OF TRAVERSE AND TEMPLATE (Mindmade Books, December 2013) interweaves drawings with poetic text. Throughout the years, Higgins has created performance-based artworks, most recently presented at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica and Counterpath in Denver. Strongly believing in experiential learning, she has traveled to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, France, Germany, and Ireland.
Higgins earned her M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design, M.A. from California State University, Fullerton, and B.A. from California State University, Long Beach.