Bio | CV

Biography

Mary Kavanagh is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair in the Department of Art at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. She has exhibited her work in over 60 peer-reviewed solo and group exhibitions, has participated in a wide range of academic forums, and is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and residencies. Kavanagh is an advisory member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international collective of artists and photographers.

Encompassing moving and still images, drawing and installation practices, Kavanagh’s work addresses the sentient body in the context of material culture, toxic ecologies and state violence. She has documented activities and ephemera at historic and active nuclear sites in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Alaska, Japan and Canada. Kavanagh was recently awarded an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her research-creation project, Atomic Tourist: Trinity, which explores nuclear anxiety in the twenty-first 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

2006-12 Chair, Department of Art
Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge, AB
3-year Term Appointment (x 2)
2007 Visiting Professor
Hokkai-Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan
4-month Teaching Appointment
2005- 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
5-year Tenure-Track Appointment
1998-99 Instructor
Fine Art Program, Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton AB
4-month Term Appointment
1995-98 Instructor
Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK
Sessional Appointments

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2019 / Daughters of Uranium / (forthcoming)
Founders Gallery, University of Calgary Military Museums, Calgary AB
2019 / Daughters of Uranium / (forthcoming)
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2017 Atomic Suite (selected images)
Lethbridge Public Library, Lethbridge AB
2012 Crade to Grave, Enola Gay Hangar Project
Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI)
Wendover Complex, Wendover UT
2012 Atomic Suite; curator Anne Ewan
Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB
2008 The Talking Project (with Linda Duvall)
Red Head Gallery, Toronto ON
2006 Seeking Georgia; curator Joan Stebbins
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2005 ReCollect; curator Corinna Ghaznavi (with Carol Sawyer)
A Space Gallery, Toronto ON
2004 ReCollect; curator Corinna Ghaznavi (with Carol Sawyer)
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
1997 Santified Flesh
Latitude 53, Edmonton AB
1997 Material Continuity
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay ON
1997 Material Continuity
Artspace, Peterborough ON
1996 Material Continuity
Neutral Ground, Regina SK
1995 Sanctified Flesh
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon SK

Group Exhibitions (selected)

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, Toronto ON
2017 Fifty: 50th Anniversary Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Penny Gallery, University of Lethbridge, AB
2017 After Hiroshima curator IoDeposito
B#S Gallery, Treviso, Italy
2016 Resident Artists, Terra Vivante Art Studio | Fate Festival
San Potito Community 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 Future Station: 2015 Biennial of Contemporary Art; curator Kristy Trinier
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB
2015 Nuclear Photographs: Atomic Photographers Guild Exhibition
International Uranium Film Festival, Quebec City QC
2015 Atomic Photographers Guild
Hiroshima Bank, Hiroshima, Japan
2014-15 senselikeblueplace (with Dagmar Dahle, Annie Martin, David Miller)
Trianon Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2013 Ecotone; curator Christine Sowiak
Nickle Galleries, Calgary AB
2013 Ecotone; curators Don Gill and Ryan Doherty
Nickle Galleries, Calgary AB
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2011 Mapping a Prairie City: Lethbridge and Its Suburbs
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2010 This Train
Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK
2010 Alberta Artists curators V&A Interests
The Jensonian, High River AB
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
1999 Rift; curator Tim Nowlin
Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK
1997 Extreme Close-Up: The Body in Context; curator Tim Nowlin
Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK

Artist Residencies

2016 Artist Residence Program
Terra Vivante Art Studio, Guardia Sanframondi, Province of Campania, Italy
2012-13 Artist Residence Program
Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP), Department of Defence, Ottawa ON
2012-13 Artist-Rancher Residence Program
Ecotone | Field Notes Collective | Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2010-11 Artist Residence Program
Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Wendover Complex, Wendover UT
2008 Archival Research
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven CT
2005-06 Artist Residence Program
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe NM
2005 Archival Research
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, Santa Fe NM
2004 Artist Residency
Gushul Photography Studio, Blairmore, Crowsnest Pass AB

External Awards | Grants (Selected)

2017 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2017 Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2016 International Residencies Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2016 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2015 Art Acquisition, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2014 Project Grant, Assistance to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts
2014 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2012 Project Grant, Assistance to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts
2012 Project Grant, Visual Arts and New Media, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2010 Project Grant, Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI)
Canada Council for the Arts | Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2010 Art Acquisition, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2008 Project Grant, Multidisciplinary Grant Program, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2008 Art Acquisition, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute
2005 Project Grant, Visual Arts Program, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2002 Project Grant, Visual Arts Program, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
1998 Creation/Production C Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
1998 Creative B Individual Assistance Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board
1997 Creative B Individual Assistance Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board
1995 Professional Development Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board

Internal Awards | Grants, University of Lethbridge

2001-2017 Travel Award (annually granted), Research Travel Fund, Office of Research Services
2017 VPR Strategic Opportunities Fund, 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
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 University of Lethbridge Research Fund (ULRF) Award, Office of Research Services

Publications (authored)

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

2017 "Nuclear Anxiety and Activism," Art, Instrumentalism and Social Practice: conversations about visual and political change, Visible Evidence XIV, Buenes Aires, Argentina
2017 "Atomic Tourist: Trinity," 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," Art, Archive, and the Documentary Impulse, Visible Evidence XXIII, Bozeman MT
2016 "Atomic Tourist: Trinity," Nuclear Light: Revelation and Apocalypse, The Inventions of Light; Invention de la lumiere, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto ON
2014 "Sensing Rain and Ruin, Speaking up, Falling Out," Articulations Lecture Series, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2014 "O'Keeffe, Steiglitz 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," The 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,” Nickle Art Gallery, 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,” 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
1999 “Artist Lecture,” Fine Arts Department, University of Regina, Regina SK
1998 “Artist Lecture,” Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
1998 “Artist Lecture,” Latitude 53 Art Gallery, Edmonton AB
1997 “Artist Lecture,” Fine Arts Department, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay ON

Reviews | Essays about my work (online and print)

2017 Conley, Christine, "Material, Trance, Traume: Notes on some recent acquisions at the Canadian War Museum and the Legacy of WWII," Canadian Military History Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter 2017.
2017 Sharman, Lindsey, "Constituent Parts: Recent Portraiture in Canadian Military Art," Canadian Military History Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter 2017.
2016 MacFarlane, John. "Group 6: The Canadian Forces Artists Program at the Diefenbunker," Argonauta, Vol. XXIII No. 2, Spring 2016.
2015 Brandon, Laura. "Group 6, Canadian Forces Artists Program," Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp ON, 2015.
2015 Dymond, Anne. "senselikeblueplace," Canadian Art, Spring 2015.
2014 Moure, Erín. "Forma Vita: senselikeblueplace," (catalogue essay) Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge AB.
2012 O'Brian, John. "Mary Kavanagh: Atomic Suite," (review) BorderCrossings, Winnipeg MB, Issue No. 124.
2012 Ewan, Anne. "Atomic Suite," (exhibition brochure essay) Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB.
2012 Hall, Kayleigh. "Painterly Narratives of History and Revelations on Atomic Culture," Dream Homes of Canada, Calgary Edition, May/Jun 2012.
2011 Legris, Sylvia. "Arsenal: Mary Kavanagh Featured Artist," (article) 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," BorderCrossings, Summer 2007.
2007 Bouchard, Gilbert A. "The 2007 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art," 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," (review) BorderCrossings, Summer 2006.
2006 Carr-Harris, Ian. "Toronto Column," Contemporary Magazine , London, UK, Issue No. 79, Spring 2006.
2005 Ghaznavi, Corinna. "ReCollect," (brochure essay) A Space , Toronto ON, Sep 2005.
2004 Moore, Jake. "ReCollection, Exhibition Gallerie la Centrale," 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..." 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.
1999 Legris, Silvia. "Suspended Memory: Suspended Breath," BorderCrossings, Vol. 18, No. 1, Jan 1999.
1999 Warland, Betsy. "Coming to Light," (catalogue essay) Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK, 1999.
1998 Nowlin, Tim. "Mysterium Trememdum," Forest City Gallery, London ON, 1998.
1998 Robertson, Sheila. "Installations marry objects with video, slide images," Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Sep 5, 1998.
1997 Robertson, Sheila. "Body Shown In Whole New Light," Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Oct 25, 1997.
1996 Kiendl, Anthony. "Material Interventions," BlackFlash Magazine, Saskatoon SK, Spring 1996.
1996 Wonnacott, Justin. "File not found," BlackFlash Magazine, Saskatoon SK, Fall 1996.
1996 Beatty, Greg. "The Intrusion of Medicine: Mary Kavanagh," The Leader Post, Regina SK, Sep 21, 1996.
1995 Philips, Elizabeth. "Mary Kavanagh and the critical distance," (feature) Broadway Magazine, Saskatoon SK, Winter 1995.
1995 Robertson, Sheila. "Spirit Manifested in Body: Exhibition Establishes Essential Dialogue," Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Aug 5, 1995.
1995 MacPherson, Colleen. "Exhibition expresses search for Video-tech answers," Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Jan 21, 1995.

Catalogues

Group 6: Canadian Forces Artists Program, 2012-2013
Texts | Dr. Laura Brandon, Major-General Joyce, Henrietta Riegel
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp ON
Nov 8, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016
Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
Kristy Trinier Essay, "A Status of Equanimity"
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Jan 24 - May 3, 2015
Kristy Trinier Curator
senselikeblueplace
Erín Moure Essay, "Forma Vita"
Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge AB
Nov 22, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015
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Atomic Suite
Anne Ewan Essay, "Atomic Suite"
Edison del Canto Design
Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB
Apr 20 - Aug 25, 2012
Anne Ewan Curator
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Featured Artist: Mary Kavanagh | Arsenal
Sylvia Legris Editor
Betsy Rosenwald Design
Grain Magazine
Vol. 38.2, Winter 2011
Seeking Georgia: Mapping O'Keeffe Country
Diane Karp Foreword, "Welcome to O'Keeffe Country"
Gerta Moray Essay, "An Archaeology of Desire"
Edison del Canto Design
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
Jan 21 - Mar 6, 2006
Joan Stebbins Curator
The 2007 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art: Living Utopia and Disaster
Donna Brunsdale and Gary Burns Essay, "Charming and Desirable"
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Jun 23 - Sep 9, 2007
Catherine Crowston Curator
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff AB
Oct 26, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008
Sylvie Gilbert Curator
Recollect: Mary Kavanagh, Carol Sawyer
Corinna Ghaznavi Essay, "Recollect"
A Space, Toronto ON
Sep 9 - Oct 15, 2005
Corinna Ghaznavi Curator
polish
Betsy Warland Essay, "Awkwardly Toward One Another: Mary Kavanagh's polish"
Miranda Pearson Poem, "Silver Collection"
Edison del Canto Design
Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery, Medicine Hat AB
Aug 23 - Oct 5, 2003
Joanne Marion Curator
Memoirs: Transcribing Loss
Lisa Baldissera Essay, "Memoirs: Transcribing Loss"
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
Sep 15 - Nov 19, 2000
Lisa Baldissera Curator
Ruth Chambers and Mary Kavanagh: Pneuma and Prelude
Betsy Warland Essay, "Coming to Light"
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
Aug 28 - Nov 1, 1998
Dan Ring Curator