Mary Kavanagh

Mary Kavanagh is an artist and Professor in Art Studio in the Department of Art, University of Lethbridge, Canada. For over twenty years, Kavanagh’s artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Engaging field research, archival study, and various forms of inscription, Kavanagh produces exhibition projects with moving and still images, artefacts, drawings, and installation works. Her research interests include nuclear studies, technologies of war, feminist political ecology, and histories of science. 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. Kavanagh’s participation in artist residency programs includes the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Canadian Forces Artists Program. 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. She was awarded a Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair by the University of Lethbridge and begins her five-year appointment in 2020.