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Patricia Denys earned her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA from Vermont College in Montpelier. While at the University of Texas she studied under American photographer Garry Winogrand.

Her life has been spent as a working artist, photographer, educator, graphic designer, academic dean, writer, activist and animal chaplain. In the 80s she started doing animal rescues with a small team and became unknowingly a part of what is now called the Animal Welfare Movement. 

For several years Denys presented at the School of Visual Arts Conference in New York with her papers on society’s views on animals and women and how they are viewed and marketed, and on the subject of animals in containment. These papers are published in SVA’s “Proceedings.” She also has a published paper; “Animals and Women as Meat,” in The Brock Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2011.

Her most recent studio works have focused on the dichotomies that exist between society’s perception of, and the reality of, animals in containment such as in factory farms and the public display industry specifically regarding the plight of Tilikum, the Orca held hostage at SeaWorld.