Micol Hebron

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Micol Hebron
Born (1972-07-23) July 23, 1972 (age 48)
EducationUniversity of California, San Diego,
Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia,
University of California, Los Angeles
Known forGallery Tally
StyleMultidisciplinary Artist

Micol Hebron (born July 23, 1972) is an American interdisciplinary artist, curator, and associate professor at Chapman University, located in Southern California. Hebron critically examines and employs modes of feminist activism in art.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Hebron studied theater and visual arts at the University of California, San Diego from 1991 to 1992, and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Venice, Italy, from 1993 to 1994. She went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts in fine art in 1995. In 2000, she graduated from the UCLA with a Masters of Fine Arts in new genres and contemporary art history.[3]


In 2013 Hebron launched Gallery Tally, a collaborative art project in which people around the world were tracking women's representation in art galleries and creating posters for exhibition.[4][5] In 2014, the (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project discovered that in Los Angeles and New York galleries, roughly 70% of gallery representation was of male artists.[4]

In order to protest the Instagram social network's nipple policy and social media sexism, in 2014 Hebron created an "Acceptable Male Nipple Template".[6][7] The template consisted of the visual image of a male nipple that could be photoshopped on to an image of a woman's breast or elsewhere, reminiscent of a pastie.[8][9] As a result of her nipple project, the template went viral[9] and Hebron has been suspended from Facebook multiple times.[10]

In October 2019, Instagram held a closed meeting to discuss censorship, art, and nudity on their software platform, a few artists joined the meeting including Micol Hebron, Marilyn Minter, Joanne Leah, Siddhant Talwar and Betty Tompkins (via written statement).[11] After this meeting, Hebron's instagram account was immediately shut down because she attempted to post a topless selfie from outside the meeting location.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Winslow, Jonathan. "An artistic game of 'telephone'". Orange County (OC) Register. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ Despain, Cara. "Triple Threat: Salt Lake Art Center Curator Micol Hebron". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Salt Lake Art Center names Micol Hebron new senior curator". DeseretNews.com. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ a b Miranda, Carolina A. "18%: Artist Micol Hebron tallies the presence of women on Artforum covers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ Almila, Anna-Mari; Inglis, David (2016). The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology. Los Angeles, California: SAGE. p. 335. ISBN 9781473958685 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: 'Male Nipple Template' Takes On Social Media Sexism". Milk. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  7. ^ Bonaguro, Alison (2015-07-10). "Why Are Women's Nipples Banned in Public and on Instagram, but Men's Nipples Aren't?". Men's Health. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  8. ^ Robertson, Lindsey (2015-07-06). "Women are Photoshopping male nipples to protest Instagram's policy". Mashable. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  9. ^ a b Stevens, Annie. "Micol Hebron's male nipple template has gone viral for a good reason". ELLE. Retrieved 2019-06-05. The template resurfaced and went viral this week after musicians La Sera (Katy Goodman) and Our Lady J posted it onto their Facebook walls.
  10. ^ Gillespie, Tarleton (2018). Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media. Yale University Press. pp. 167–168. ISBN 9780300173130 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Durón, Maximilíano (2019-10-21). "Instagram Holds Closed-Door Roundtable with Artists on Art and Nudity". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  12. ^ "Will Instagram Ever 'Free the Nipple'?". The New York Times. 2019-11-22. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-26.

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