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CalArts Alumni Magazine

Mary Beth Heffernan ’94

Mary Beth Heffernan ’94 writes to tell us: “My Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portrait Project (2015) is included in the Welcome Collection’s upcoming 10-year exhibit, Being Human. The PPE Portrait Project, a social practice intervention to humanize the frightening hazmat suits in the 2014–16 West Africa Ebola epidemic, placed adhesive photo portraits of Liberian health care workers on the outside of their suits so that patients could identify who was caring for them. The exhibit will feature a mannequin dressed in Ebola PPE with the portrait photograph of a health care worker along with newly gathered biographies. A different clinician will be featured each year for the decade-long exhibit.”