Karen Finley is a New York-based artist whose raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has appeared and exhibited her visual art, performances and plays internationally. Her performances have been presented at Lincoln Center, New York City, The Guthrie, Minneapolis, American Repertory Theatre, The ICA in London, Harvard, The Steppenwolf in Chicago, and The Bobino in Paris. Her artworks are in numerous collections and museums including the Pompidou in Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Finley attended the San Francisco Art Institute receiving an MFA and honorary PhD. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim, two Obies, two Bessies, MS. Magazine Woman Of The Year, NARAL Person of the Year, NYSCA and NEA Fellowships. Ms. Finley lectures internationally and is interested in freedom of expression issues and the availability and access of culture in relationship to gender, race, class and identity. She is currently an Arts Professor in Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.