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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 was a participant in the general studies 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 and conferences including san francisco camerawork, the society for photographic education conference, the geffen contemporary at moca los angeles, beirut art center, baxter street at the camera club of new york, kw institute for contemporary art berlin, the modern language association sub-conference, 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 and the jamaica center for arts and learning new york. her projects have been featured in numerous publications including the new york times, conveyor magazine, hyperallergic, roosevelt institute 2.0, humble arts foundation and the los angeles review of books. from 2017 - 2019, heather is a fellow with the sommerakademie paul klee in bern, switzerland.




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