Valerie Hegarty is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York and Drew’s first Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence. Hegarty creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that comment on American history and society, addressing such themes as colonization, Manifest Destiny, environmental degradation, and repressed histories. She has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among Hegarty’s many recent solo exhibitions in New York City are shows at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Marlborough Chelsea, the High Line Public Art Program, and the Brooklyn Museum, which also features her work in their permanent collection.

While she is in residence at Drew, Hegarty will maintain a studio in Brothers College room 104, where she will create work in preparation for an exhibition on campus at the end of the academic year. In addition, she will be working with classes and student groups, making public presentations, teaching, and organizing a public symposium. For more information, contact either Valerie Hegarty ( or Kimberly Rhodes (

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All images are courtesy of the artist.

Valerie Hegarty at the Brooklyn Museum