Mary Kavanagh is an artist, professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Lethbridge in Canada, where she teaches interdisciplinary art studio. She was awarded a Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair in Fine Arts (2020-2025) for her work examining the material evidence of war and conflict, weaponized landscapes, nuclear culture, and environmental degradation. Her multi-faceted projects are exhibited internationally, and she has contributed to numerous publications including Through Post-Atomic Eyes (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2020) and Occupying Forces (Prefix Photo, 2015). Kavanagh’s research has been supported by grants from 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. Artist residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and the Canadian Forces Artists Program, have resulted in sustained investigations that operate at the intersection of artistic and scholarly practice. With projects in Canada, Japan, Italy, and the United States (New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Alaska), Kavanagh’s interest in the complex and veiled history of nuclear armament culminated in her immersive exhibition, Daughters of Uranium (2019-2020), which combines found and fabricated objects and images, time-based media, and installation practices. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.
Mary Kavanagh is an advisory board member of the Atomic Photographers Guild.