Peggy Ahwesh

Video artist Peggy Ahwesh, professor of film and electronic arts, has been on the Bard faculty since 1990. Ahwesh's research focuses on women, sexuality, and feminism; genre; reenactment; and artists' books.
Her teaching interests include experimental media, history of the nonfiction film, and women in film. Retrospectives of Ahwesh's work have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Girls Beware!, 1997); Filmmuseum, Brussels; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Peggy’s Playhouse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, among others. Her work has been screened at the Whitney Biennial (1991, 1995, 2002); New York Film Festival (1998, 2007); Flaherty Film Seminar (2003); and Pompidou Center (2002, 2004); and at festivals around the world. Certain Women (codirected with Bobby Abate) was an official selection at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the opening night film at the New York Underground Film Festival (2004). Other films include Martina’s Playhouse, The Deadman (codirected with Keith Sanborn), Strange Weather, and Nocturne, all in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Ahwesh has received Jerome and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships, the Alpert Award in the Arts, and awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, and Art Matters. She received her B.F.A. at Antioch College.

Photo by Pete Mauney