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University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series  
Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research 

Angela Hennessy is an Oakland based artist and survivor of gun violence. Through writing, studio work, and ritual performance, her practice questions assumptions about Death and the Dead themselves. Hennessy constructs sculptures and installations with everyday domestic labor—washing, wrapping, stitching, knotting, brushing, and braiding.  

For many years she served as a hospice volunteer and death doula working with families on home funerals, death vigils, and grief rituals. She has received awards from San Francisco Artadia, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Hennessy is on the advisory board of Recompose in Seattle and lectures nationally on aesthetic and social practices that mediate the boundary between the living and the dead. 

Her work has been included in exhibitions at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Museum of the African Diaspora, Oakland Museum of California, and Pt. 2 Gallery and is in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Crocker Art Museum. Her audio guides, meditations, and poems have been featured at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, de Young Museum, and SOMArts Gallery. 

This lecture is made possible by the George and Matilda Fowler Endowment Fund.  

Lectures are also live streamed and the videos are archived on YouTube.  

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