Kat Murray MA Thesis Exhibition

Kat Murray, “Midnight at Mom’s,” oil stick, ink and mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist

The UA Department of Art and Art History presents the master of arts thesis exhibition, Kat Murray: Old Haunts, February 23-March 3, 2023, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall, at UA. A reception will be held Thursday, March 2, 4-6 pm. See installation views on

Printmaking graduate student Kat Murray writes in her artist statement, “I linger in dives or old haunts, places of vulnerability, transition, joy, or longing, taking snapshots of the transient people who move through. My work is about capturing the ghosts of the stories told over and over of the nights barely remembered. Memory is an unreliable witness, and I want to grab traces of what remains of a moment. I use snapshot photography, drawing and monoprints to capture the grit and haze of the environment and the auras of the ghosts left behind.” Her studio research has been supported by a Levitetz 2023 Innovation Seed Grant.

Kat Murray, “Cut Off and Closed Out,” 2023, oil stick, ink, posca paint pens, sandpaper. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kat Murray has had work juried into the 2023 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Jonesboro, Arkansas; and has been in numerous group shows including Pastime: The Relationship Between our Past Creativity and our Present Selves, Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana; and Cultural Shifts, MAKEbhm, Birmingham, Alabama. Murray has held an graduate teaching assistantship at UA and served as a gallery assistant in the Paul R. Jones Museum in Tuscaloosa. She was an assistant instructor in printmaking for UA Art Camp in the summer of 2022 and was a Katzenberger art history intern for the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. She received the Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Montevallo and an associate’s degree from Wallace Community College in Dothan.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. when school is in session.

The Sella-Granata Art Gallery is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. The gallery is located at 109 Woods Hall, 7th Avenue, on UA campus in Tuscaloosa and admission is free. The gallery is open to the public. Visitors are welcome, although not required, to wear face coverings inside the gallery. 

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.