1956 – Born in Evanston, Illinois.
1979 – Finley’s father committed suicide, a subject that frequently came up in her work.
1990 – She was notably one of the NEA Four, four performance artists whose grants from the National Endowment for the Arts were vetoed after the process was condemned by Senator Jesse Helms under "decency" issues.
1994 – She released a double-disc set on the Rykodisc label, A Certain Level of Denial, a studio version of the performance piece.
1998 – Finley was delighted by the fact that she appeared in Playboy and received a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year award within months of each other.
2006 – Finley will revive a slightly updated version of "Make Love" in September at the Cutting Room in New York to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11.
– Finley is the recipient of both an Obie Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for The American Chestnut, and was chosen as Coagula Magazine’s Artist of the Decade as the 90’s came to a close.