Mary Kavanagh

Mary Kavanagh

Mary Kavanagh is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Lethbridge, where she teaches interdisciplinary art studio. She was awarded a Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair in Fine Arts (2020-2025) for her research examining nuclear culture, weaponized landscapes, and the material evidence of war and conflict. Kavanagh’s artworks have been presented in over 100 solo and group exhibitions across Canada and abroad, and she has contributed to numerous publications including Through Post-Atomic Eyes (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2020), and Occupying Forces (Prefix Photo, 2015). 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, and her 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. She is Principal Investigator of a SSHRC Insight Grant for her project, Atomic Tourist: Trinity, that explores nuclear anxiety in the twenty-first century. With projects in Canada, Japan, and the United States (New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Alaska), Kavanagh’s interest in the veiled history of nuclear armament resulted in her immersive exhibition, Daughters of Uranium (2019-2020), which presents photographic works, drawings, found and fabricated objects, archival and installation practices. A publication of the same name features guest essays by cultural anthropologist, Peter C. van Wyck, and independent art critic, Jayne Wilkinson. Kavanagh is currently documenting uranium extraction sites in Canada.

Mary Kavanagh is an advisory board member of the Atomic Photographers Guild.

Email: marykavanagh13@gmail.com 
Web: www.marykavanagh.ca