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Deborah Meehan


School of Art

Deborah Meehan is an artist working in film and photography.

Her projects have explored subjects ranging from the landscape of Ireland’s Aran Islands, to Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market. Recent work includes: a film/photo installation – WITHIN THE PALE, 2017, (director), the narrative short THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELAINE COLEMAN, 2020, (director), and a feature documentary ROBBING BANKS FOR DUMMIES, 2020, (co-producer).

Meehan has produced and directed many films, and art directed video and photo projects for numerous clients including: The BBC, The Whitney Museum, Pratt Institute, Steelcase International, and Tribune Entertainment. Her own films and videos have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, and museums.

Professor Meehan has also taught film and television production, film studies, and photography at: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Oklahoma, The School of Visual Arts, and William Paterson University. She is currently a tenured full professor at Pratt Institute,
where she co-directed the Pratt Film Society, and co-founded and produces Pratt’s SideLights Video Vignettes.

Meehan has earned a B.S. from Northwestern University; an M.F.A., from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and has participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.