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heather m. o’brien is an artist living and working in beirut, lebanon. she received a BA from loyola university new orleans, an MFA from california institute of the arts los angeles, and a fellowship from the creative practices program at the international center of photography new york.

heather is currently an assistant professor in the department of fine arts and art history at the american university of beirut, where she teaches courses in photography and film/video, with a focus on critical theory, studio practice, and history.

her work has been exhibited and presented in an array of educational institutions, museums, galleries, and conferences including san francisco camerawork, the university art galleries at uc irvine, sursock museum beirut, the society for photographic education conference, the geffen contemporary at moca los angeles, the international conference of photography and theory in cypress, beirut art center, baxter st. at the camera club of new york, the university of the aegean on syros island, the public school los angeles, kw institute for contemporary art berlin, the modern language association sub-conference, the photographic center northwest, the bronx river art center, franklin street works, the western political science association conference, the center for photography at woodstock, and parsons/the new school new york.

she has been awarded residencies with the lower manhattan cultural council, santa fe art institute, marble house project, women's studio workshop, woodstock byrdcliffe guild, sommerakademie paul klee, the jamaica center for arts and learning new york, and the robert rauschenberg foundation. her projects have been featured in numerous publications including the new york times, conveyor magazine, hyperallergic, roosevelt institute 2.0, evergreen review, humble arts foundation, and the los angeles review of books.

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