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kathryn e. martin and Mary Osmundsen, both MIAD alums and both former MIAD admissions counselors, will present their MA Thesis shows at UWM’s Institute of Visual Arts (inova) Gallery Three.  The show, featuring a total of 5 artists, opens on December 2, and runs through December 17.

The opening reception,  is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on December 2. A gallery talk with take place on December 8 from 4-6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.  Gallery Three, located on the second floor of the Art Center Building, 2400 East Kenwood Boulevard on the UWM campus, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. 

From the UWM press release: 

kathryn e. martin
kathryn e. martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and from the start, her environment has been important: “To live in and learn from…that is what is most important.” martin has lived in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, New York, and Wisconsin. She has traveled to Italy, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, and throughout the United States. And for now, Milwaukee has come to represent her favorite place – her home. martin says living in Milwaukee has given her the best of both worlds. She can travel where she needs or wants to be, but when she is here, at “home,” she can rest. To martin, this notion of home provokes a counter position – a being away from, denoting absence in contrast with its desire to be back with something, someone or someplace.

This duality is very intriguing to martin – the home and the away, the here and the there, and the traveling in between – the motions, mobilities, and transits. martin admits to being “consumed with these ideas of travel, movement, change, and growth.” She says she is constantly “Aware of how large (while simultaneously minute) the world is and amazed by the connections between.”

martin attended the University of Miami of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio where she studied English and Psychology. She left to focus on art and graduated in 2001 with a BFA in Sculpture and Art History from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. martin has participated in group and solo shows in New York City, NY, Beloit, and Madison, WI, Chicago, IL, Bloomington, IN and Milwaukee, among others. Her exhibitions have become personal flags, denoting connections between people, places, pieces, ideas, thoughts, theories, and the things in between. Currently, martin is working towards her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Intermedia.

Mary Osmundsen
Mary Osmundsen is an artist whose work deals with issues of loss and temporality using natural and bodily materials that are incorporated into drawing, projection and sculpture. Her current work involves multiple projections that reference the ephemeral.

Osmundsen was born in Racine, Wisconsin and received her undergraduate degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She has also studied at the Lacoste School of the Arts in France and has recently returned from a semester at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany where she studied in an international MFA program, Public Art and New Artistic Strategies. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest as well as in Jena, Germany.