Mary Kavanagh is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She maintains her studio practice in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and is Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, at the University of Lethbridge, where she served as Department Chair from 2006-2012.
Kavanagh's art practice encompasses installation, photographic and video work and engages with artifacts, geographies, texts, images and histories. Her work is both experientially and research driven, and includes fieldwork, travel, archival research, documentation, investigative practices and performative actions.
Working with large-scale video projection and photography, Kavanagh is currently developing a suite of projects that reflect on atomic and nuclear industry, history and culture, with an emphasis on activity in the American Midwest.
Kavanagh has exhibited extensively across Canada and has participated in artist residencies and exhibitions in the American Midwest including the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah. In the Fall 2007 she was a Visiting Professor at Hokkai-Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan. She received an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, an MA in Art History from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph. She is a founding member of Field Notes Collective, an art/science/ecology collective based in Southern Alberta. She is also a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild.