Born and raised in New Orleans, Renée Monrose is an artist and photographer living and working in New York City. Her interests include portraiture, women, mythology and Biblical interpretation. Most recently, her work has focussed on women, feminism, race and gender. She has exhibited in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago and New Orleans. Ongoing projects include Tomboys: Portraits Then And Now; Girls Will Be Girls, an exploration of women and violence in popular culture; and Tiny Hands, a series of composite images based on Donald Trump’s hand gestures.
Since 2012, Renée has volunteered as rape crisis advocate at Bellevue Hospital. She is the blog editor for Project Envision, a NYC–funded organization whose mission is to change social attitudes that lead to sexual violence.
In the past Renée worked as an archivist for documentary films such as John Paul II: The Millennial Pope (Frontline) and Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero (Frontline) and as a Director of Development for special projects at Merchant-Ivory Films. She was also a senior reporter and editor for the Bucks County CourierTimes and a freelance writer.
In 2006, following Katrina, her interest in theology led her to enroll at Union Theological Seminary where she earned an M.Div in Psychology and Religion and Biblical Studies.
In 2016, Renée attended the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference at Columbia University led by three-time Nobel Peace Prize Winner Evelin Lindner. In 2017, Lindner invited Renée to join the HDHS Global Education Team.