Cathryn Mallory, Professor & Gallery Director
Originally from the Chicago area, Professor Cathryn Mallory is the Director of the Gallery of Visual Arts, and teaches Professional Practices, BFA Senior Thesis, and 3D Fundamentals courses. Prior to coming to The University of Montana, she was Curator of Art at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT, and was an Artist-In-Residence for a variety of public schools and non-profit organizations. She is actively involved with numerous state arts organizations, as well as exhibiting her own work on a national level.
For the past few years I have been exploring the concept of clothing as a form of symbolic communication about the body. I am especially interested in how dress and adornment define social structure, ritual, and identity. Through obsessive process and seductive materials, my work expresses notions of entrapment and oppression through adornment and embellishment. Removing the wearer from these clothing related pieces creates a sense of absence, allowing the work to function in alternative contextual ways.
MFA, Sculpture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1985
BFA, Fiber, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1981