Ann Fessler

Ann Fessler, visual artist, author and Professor at Rhode Island School of  Design, has spent the last twenty-five years producing interactive-sound and video installations and photo-text works that use story-telling to explore issues of family, identity, and gender inequities. Since 2002 Fessler, an adoptee has been collecting the oral histories of women who surrendered children for adoption between World War II  and the passage of Roe v. Wade. She will present her video and audio work "Everlasting", which is composed of excerpts from the oral history intervews.

Fessler was a 2003-04 Radcliffe Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and has been the recipient of numerous grants including the National Endowment for the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the Maryland and Rhode Island State Arts Councils. Her award-winning short videos have been screened widely at festivals and in gallery installations.