MFA Candidates in Book Arts to Exhibit at UA Gallery

The University of Alabama Book Arts Program presents the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Gina Fowler, Katharine Buckley and Luke Kelly, March 4-25, 2022. The exhibition, titled “Mending,” will be held at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, with a reception for the artists on First Friday, March 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information, contact the gallery at (205) 345-3038 or check the website.

Exhibitor Katharine Buckley earned her BA in studio art from UA, focusing on printmaking. Buckley uses the South as a complex source for her artwork. The Birmingham, Alabama, native said, “I grew up privy to the profoundly rich culture and beautiful landscape of the deep South. At the same time, I was exposed to the fraught history and horrors of the region.” Building on archival sources, the art alumna’s work recontextualizes original source material and subject matter, such as the writings and publications of Mildred Lewis Rutherford, the prominent nineteenth- and early twentieth-century white supremacist educator. “I present [the original archival material] in a way that prompts the viewer to reconsider the prevailing narrative or reexamine their beliefs or knowledge.” Buckley is pursuing an MFA in book arts and an MLIS with a focus on archival studies.

Exhibitor Gina Fowler earned her BA from Brigham Young University and exhibitor Luke Kelly earned his BA from Harvard University.