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Bio | CV

Biography

Mary Kavanagh is an artist and Professor in the Department of Art, University of Lethbridge, where she teaches drawing, interdisciplinary studio, and critical theory.

For over twenty years, Kavanagh's artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her research interests include post atomic studies; feminist theory; technologies of war; and histories of science. Engaging field research, archival study, and various forms of inscription, Kavanagh produces exhibition projects with moving and still images, artifacts, drawing, and installation works. For the past decade, she has documented military and nuclear sites in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Alaska, Japan and Canada. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Participation in international artist residency programs include with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Terre Vivante Art Studio, Italy, and the Canadian Forces Artists Program, Canada. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. In 2017 Kavanagh was awarded a four-year SSHRC Insight Grant for her project, Atomic Tourist: Trinity, which explores nuclear anxiety in the 21st century.

Academic Credentials

2003 MA, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
1995 MFA, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
1992 BA Honours Fine Art, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Academic Appointments

2018- Professor
Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge, AB
2018 Visiting Scholar
Documentary Media Research Centre, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2006-12 Chair, Department of Art
Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge, AB
2007 Visiting Professor
Hokkai-Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan
2005-18 Associate Professor
Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge, AB
2000-05 Assistant Professor
Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge, AB
1998-99 Instructor
Fine Art Program, Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, AB
1995-98 Instructor
Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Solo Exhibitions

2019-20 / Daughters of Uranium / (forthcoming)
Founders' Gallery, The Military Museums, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2019 / Daughters of Uranium / (forthcoming)
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2017 Atomic Suite (selected images)
Lethbridge Public Library, Lethbridge, AB
2012 Cradle to Grave, Enola Gay Hangar Project
Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, UT
2012 Atomic Suite; curator Anne Ewan
Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2006 Seeking Georgia; curator Joan Stebbins
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2005 ReCollect; curator Corinna Ghaznavi
A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 ReCollect; curator Corinna Ghaznavi
Galerie La Centrale Powerhouse, Montreal, QC
2003 polish; curator Joanne Marion
Medicine Hat Art Gallery and Museum, Medicine Hat, AB
2003 polish; curator Heather Smith
Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK
2002 Coming to Writing or the Silver Drawings
Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB
2002 polish; curator Jake Moore
ACE Art, Winnipeg, MB
2001 Prelude: Distillation, Separation, Balance
SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2000 Prelude: Distillation, Separation, Balance; curator Dan Ring
The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2000 en transi
Forest City Gallery, London, ON

Group Exhibitions

2018 Legacies: Canadian Forces Artists Program (forthcoming); curator Joanne Stober
Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON
2017 Voices: artists on art | 2017-1967: Contemporary Art 50 Years After Sculpture '67
curators Yvonne Lammerick and Ian Carr-Harris
Harbourfront Centre Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 After Hiroshima curator IoDeposito
B#S Gallery, Treviso, Italy
2017 Fifty: 50th Anniversary Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Penny Gallery, University of Lethbridge, AB
2016 Resident Artists, Terra Vivante Art Studio | Fate Festival
San Potito Art Space, Province of Caserta, Campagnia, Italy
2015-16 Group 6: Canadian Forces Artists Program, 2012-2013; curator Laura Brandon
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp, ON
2016 The Legacy of the Nuclear Age, The World Social Forum
UQAM / McGill University, Montreal, QC
2015 Atomic Photographers Guild
Hiroshima Bank, Hiroshima, Japan
2015 Nuclear Photographs: Atomic Photographers Guild
International Uranium Film Festival, Quebec City, QC
2015 Time Specific, online curatorial initiative by Isolde Kille, Santa Fe, NM
2015 Future Station: 2015 Biennial of Contemporary Art; curator Kristy Trinier
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2014-15 senselikeblueplace
Trianon Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2013 Ecotone; curators Ryan Doherty and Christian Sowiak
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, Calgary AB
2011 Mapping a Prairie City: Lethbridge and Its Suburbs; curators Don Gill and Ryan Doherty
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2010 Alberta Artists; curators V&A Interests
The Jensonian, High River, AB
2008 The Talking Project (with Linda Duvall)
Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007-08 Living Utopia and Disaster: 2007 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art;
curators Catherine Crowston and Sylvie Gilbert
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Walter Phillips Art Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Art in Transit: Public Art Artist Residency Project
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2006-08 The Forest for the Trees
Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto ON
La Spezia, Galleria Circolo Culturale, Arte Contemporanea, Italy
Art Gallery, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
2006 Current; curator Allan MacKay
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2001 Pause (storefront window project)
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2000 Memoirs: transcribing loss; curator Lisa Baldissera
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

Artist Residencies

2016 Artist Residency Program
Terra Vivante Art Studio, Guardia Sanframondi, Province of Campania, Italy
2012-13 Artist Residency Program
Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP), Department of Defence, Ottawa, ON
2012-13 Artist-Rancher Residency Program
Ecotone | Field Notes Collective, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2010-11 Artist Residency Program
Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Wendover Complex, Wendover, UT
2005-06 Artist Residency Program
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Research Residencies

2008 Archival Research
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2005 Archival Research
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, Santa Fe, NM

External Grants | Awards

2017-21 Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2017 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2016 Art Acquisition, Canadian War Museum
2016 International Residencies Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2015 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2015 Art Acquisition, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2014 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2013 Project Grant, Assistance to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts
2012 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2011 Project Grant, Assistance to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts
2010 Art Acquisition, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2009 Project Grant, Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI)
Canada Council for the Arts | Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2008-09 Banff Centre for the Arts | Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2008 Art Acquisition, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute
2004 Project Grant, Visual Arts Program, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2002 Project Grant, Visual Arts Program, Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Internal Grants | Awards, University of Lethbridge

2017 VPR Strategic Opportunities Award, Office of Research Services
2016 Internal SSHRC Grant, Office of Research Services
2014 Academic Research Enhancement (ARE) Award, Faculty of Fine Arts
2013 Community of Research Excellence Development Opportunities (CREDO) Award, Office of Research Services
2013 University of Lethbridge Research Fund (ULRF) Award, Office of Research Services
2012 VP Internal Artistic/Creation Grant, Office of Research Services
2012 Emmy Droog Research Award, Faculty of Health Sciences (co-applicant)
2012 Academic Research Enhancement (ARE) Award, Faculty of Fine Arts
2010 Academic Research Enhancement (ARE) Award, Faculty of Fine Arts
2006 University of Lethbridge Research Fund (ULRF) Award, Office of Research Services
2001-17 Travel Award, Office of Research Services (annually granted)
2001 University of Lethbridge Research Fund (ULRF) Award, Office of Research Services

Publications (authored)

2020 "Rain and Ruin," (chapter) Artistic and Cultural Responses to War, Martin Kerby, ed., Victoria, Australia: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020. (forthcoming)
2019 "Atomic Tourist: Trinity," (artist project) Through Post-Atomic Eyes, John O'Brian and Claudette Lauzon, eds., McGill-Queens University Press, 2019. (forthcoming)
2016 "Annotations," (essay) Glass: Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Santa Fe, NM: Radius Books, 2016.
2015 "Mary Kavanagh," (portfolio) Prefix Photo, Issue 32: Occupying Forces, Fall 2015.
2013 "Atomic Tourist: Trinity Site, New Mexico," (article) On Site Review, Issue 29: Geology, Fall 2013.
2011 "Field Notes Collective | Mapping a Prairie City: Lethbridge and Its Suburbs," (brochure essay), Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
2004 “The Post-Ironic Re-enchantment of Art: An Interview with Michael Campbell,” (review) BlackFlash Magazine, Saskatoon, SK, Winter 2004.
2000 “Tea Gone Cold: An Exhibition by Linda Duvall,” (catalogue essay), Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, NS.

Lectures | Conferences

2018 "Art, Archive and the Documentary Impulse," Documentary Media MFA, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2017 "Nuclear Anxiety and Activism," [panel] Non-fiction Art, Instrumentalism and Social Practice, Visible Evidence XXIV, Buenes Aires, Argentina
2017 "Atomic Tourist: Trinity," [panel] Nuclear Families: From Trinity to Nagasaki, Society for Photographic Education, Orlando, FL
2016 "Georgia's Bed," Art NOW Speaker Series, University of Lethbridge, AB
2016 "Georgia's Bed," [panel] Art, Archive, and the Documentary Impulse, Visible Evidence XXIII, Bozeman, MT
2016 "Atomic Tourist: Trinity," [panel] Nuclear Light: Revelation and Apocalypse, The Inventions of Light; L'Invention de la Lumiere Symposium, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2015 "Group 6: Canadian Forces Artists Program," [panel] Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp, ON
2014 "Sensing Rain and Ruin, Speaking up, Falling Out," Articulations Lecture Series, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2014 "Georgia O'Keeffe, New Mexico and the Bomb," Women's Scholars Speakers Series, University of Lethbridge, AB
2013 “Spatial Memory: A Theory of the Present,” Department of Creative Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
2012 "Artist Lecture | Atomic Suite," Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2009 “The Graduate Supervisory Experience,” CAETL Speakers Series, University of Lethbridge, AB
2008 “Artist Lecture,” Art for Lunch Lecture Series, University of Regina, Regina, SK
2008 "Guest Speaker: MFA/MA Graduate Seminar," Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
2008 “Artist Lecture,” Visiting Speakers Series, Nickle Galleries, Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2008 “Artist Lecture,” Artist Speakers Program, School of Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
2006 “Artist Lecture,” Artist Speaker Series, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2006 “Artist Lecture,” Art NOW Speaker Series, University of Lethbridge, AB
2004 “Defining a Practice,” [panel] Women’s Scholars Speakers Series, University of Lethbridge, AB
2003 “Artist Lecture,” Medicine Hat Art Gallery and Museum, Medicine Hat, AB
2000 “Artist Lecture,” Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge, AB

Reviews | Articles

2018 Rubin-Kunda, Lezli, At Home: Talks with Contemporary Artists abotu Place and Practice, Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 2018.
2017 Conley, Christine, "Material, Trance, Traume: Notes on some recent acquisions at the Canadian War Museum and the Legacy of WWII," [article] Canadian Military History Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter 2017.
2017 Sharman, Lindsey, "Constituent Parts: Recent Portraiture in Canadian Military Art," [article] Canadian Military History Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter 2017.
2016 MacFarlane, John, "Group 6: The Canadian Forces Artists Program at the Diefenbunker," [article] Argonauta, Vol. XXIII No. 2, Spring 2016.
2015 Brandon, Laura, "Group 6, Canadian Forces Artists Program," [catalogue essay] Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp, ON, 2015.
2015 Dymond, Anne, "senselikeblueplace," [review] Canadian Art, Spring 2015.
2014 Mouré, Erin, "Forma Vita: senselikeblueplace," [catalogue essay] Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
2012 O'Brian, John, "Mary Kavanagh: Atomic Suite," [PDF review] BorderCrossings, Winnipeg, MB, Issue No. 124.
2012 Ewan, Anne, "Atomic Suite," [brochure essay] Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
2012 Hall, Kayleigh, "Painterly Narratives of History and Revelations on Atomic Culture," [review] Dream Homes of Canada, Calgary Edition, May/Jun 2012.
2011 Legris, Sylvia, "Arsenal: Mary Kavanagh Featured Artist," Grain Magazine, Saskatoon, SK, Winter 2011.
2008 Moray, Gerta, "An Archaeology of Desire: Mapping O'Keeffe Country," [catalogue essay] Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
2008 Karp, Dianne, "Welcome to O'Keeffe Country," [catalogue introduction] Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
2007 Black, Anthea, "2007 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art: Living Utopia and Disaster," [review] BorderCrossings, Summer 2007.
2007 Bouchard, Gilbert A, "The 2007 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art," [review] Galleries West, Calgary, AB, Fall/Winter 2007.
2007 Tousley, Nancy, "Utopia and Disaster: Unease, anxiety undercurrent of Alberta Biennial," [review] Calgary Herald, Saturday, Aug 11, 2007.
2007 Thompson, Katherine, "Alberta Biennial," Akimblog, Posted Jul 5, 2007.
2006 Dymond, Anne, "Mary Kavanagh: Seeking Georgia," [PDF review] BorderCrossings, Summer 2006.
2006 Carr-Harris, Ian, "Toronto Column," [review] Contemporary Magazine, London, UK, Issue No. 79, Spring 2006.
2005 Ghaznavi, Corinna, "ReCollect," [essay] A Space, Toronto, ON, Sep 2005.
2004 Moore, Jake, "ReCollection, Exhibition Gallerie la Centrale," [review] Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2004.
2004 Warland, Betsy, "Awkwardly Towards One Another: Mary Kavanagh's polish ," [catalogue essay] Medicine Hat Art Gallery and Museum, Medicine Hat, AB, 2004.
2002 Dahle, Sigrid, "Potent Reminder..." [review] Winnipeg Free Press, Mar 21, 2002.
2002 Duvall, Linda, "Home Fires Burning," New West Review, Saskatoon, SK, 27.1, 2002.
2002 Gillmore, Alison, "polish, by Mary Kavanagh," [essay] Paper Wait, Ace Art, Winnipeg, MB, 2002.
2002 Matejko, Agneiszka, "Among my souvenirs," VueWeekly, Edmonton, AB, Jun 6-12, 2002.
2000 Baldissera, Lisa, "Memoirs: Transcribing Loss," (catalogue essay) Art Gallery of Greater Victoria ," Victoria, BC.
2000 Shinhat, Molly, "Organic materials and forbidden territory," The Ottawa X Press, Mar 2, 2000.

Exhibition Catalogues

Group 6: Canadian Forces Artists Program, 2012-2013
Dr. Laura Brandon, Major-General Joyce, Henrietta Riegel, essays
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp, ON
Dr. Laura Brandon, curator
8 November, 2015 - 31 January, 2016
Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
Kristy Trinier, essay, "A Status of Equanimity"
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Kristy Trinier, curator
24 January - 3 May, 2015
senselikeblueplace
Erin Mouré, essay, "Forma Vita"
Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
22 November, 2014 - 31 January, 2015
PDF
Atomic Suite
Anne Ewan, essay, "Atomic Suite"
Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Anne Ewan, curator
20 April - 25 August, 2012
PDF
Seeking Georgia: Mapping O'Keeffe Country
Diane Karp, foreword, "Welcome to O'Keeffe Country"
Gerta Moray, essay, "An Archaeology of Desire"
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
Edison del Canto, design
Joan Stebbins, curator
21 January - 6 March, 2006
PDF
Living Utopia and Disaster: 2007 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
Donna Brunsdale and Gary Burns, essay, "Charming and Desirable"
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Catherine Crowston, curator
23 June - 9 September, 2007
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB
Sylvie Gilbert, curator
26 October, 2007 - 6 January, 2008
polish
Betsy Warland, essay, "Awkwardly Toward One Another: Mary Kavanagh's polish"
Miranda Pearson, poem, "Silver Collection"
Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
Edison del Canto, design
Joanne Marion, curator
23 August - 5 October, 2003
PDF
Memoirs: Transcribing Loss
Lisa Baldissera, essay, "Memoirs: Transcribing Loss"
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Lisa Baldissera, curator
15 September - 19 November, 2000
Ruth Chambers and Mary Kavanagh: Pneuma and Prelude
Betsy Warland, essay, "Coming to Light"
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Edison del Canto, design
Dan Ring, curator
28 August - 1 November, 1998