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Visual Arts Alumna to Publish Work on Cloistered Nuns

While researching Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered NunsAbbie Reese, MFA’13, spent six years learning and recording the individual stories of a community of cloistered monastic nuns living in a 25,000 square foot enclosure outside Rockford, IL. Those stories and Reese’s accompanying photographs will be published in November as part of the Oxford University Press’s Oxford Oral History series, and mark one of the first times an author has been allowed access to an enclosure where nuns observe monastic silence.

Reese graduated from the Department of Visual Arts in 2013, and has included photos and video from the project on her website. Her photos were also shown in the 2013 MFA Thesis exhibition, which can be found here.

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