Abbey Hepner, M.F.A.

Abbey Hepner

Abbey Hepner, M.F.A.

Instructor, Visual Art


As an artist with a background in neuropsychology, Abbey Hepner is fascinated with health and human behavior and frequently works at the intersection of art and science, navigating through collaborative and research-oriented practices. Her work investigates systems of power and the use of health as a currency. With a contemplative eye towards history and sociology, she mines the ethical grey area where science, technology, and humanity collide. Frequently engaging with and questioning the taboo, she offers entry through the absurd and often humorous aspects of these loaded topics, in an attempt to remove their pathology. Her practice ranges in execution from art intervention to performance, from costuming to biological experimentation, but the artwork almost always lives in and through the photographic medium.

Hepner is the Chair of the Society for Photographic Education Southwest Chapter and she writes for a number of art publications including Strange Fire Collective. Her work has been exhibited widely in such venues as the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (Kobe, Japan), SITE Santa Fe, the San Diego Art Institute, Noorderlicht Photofestival (Groningen, Netherlands), and the Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR). Her work has been recently highlighted in Hyperallergic, Lenscratch, Ars Technica, Artillery Magazine, Aint-Bad Magazine, and Fraction Magazine. She has presented at numerous conferences including the 2015 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Vancouver, Canada, and the 2016 and 2017 Society for Photographic Education (SPE) conferences. In the summer of 2018, she was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.


  • M.F.A., University of New Mexico, 2016
  • B.F.A., Univeristy of Utah, 2008
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Utah, 2008

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • Beginning Studio 2D
  • Intro to Photography
  • Beginning Digital Photography
  • Arts and Activism

Upper Division

  • Intermediate Photography
  • Visualizing Ideas: Photoshop
  • Advanced Photography
  • Alternative Process

Recent Work

Failed Safety Test, Archival Pigment Print, 15"x21", 2015
Failed Safety Test
, Archival Pigment Print, 15"x21", 2015