Mary Carothers



Mary Carothers received her BFA from Pratt Institute, her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as a Professor of Photography and Fine Art at University of Louisville since 1998. Carothers has exhibited her work at venues including CEPA (Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art) Buffalo, Atlanta College of Art, Pittsburgh Fimmakers and was most recently featured on the Discovery Channel for collaborative public project "The Frozen Car."  She has received grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Council, the Johnson Foundation and the Kentucky Foundation of Women.  Carothers steers her projects inside and outside of gallery spaces, working as both installation and public artist to investigate issues of mobility, power structures, and the collective and individual psychologies that influence American culture.

Course Offerings

ART 105: Foundation 2-D Design
ART 106: Foundation 3-D Design
ART 351: Introduction to Black and White Photography
ART 551: Photography Techniques and Processes
ART 552: Color Imaging
ART 553: Advanced Photography
ART 555: Directed Study in Photography
ART 578: Video

Special Topics courses include:

ART 390/590: Urban and Public Art
ART 590: Photographic Presentations
ART 590: Collaborative Projects
ART 590: Documentary Photography
ART 590: Camera-less and Experimental Photography


Photography • Urban and Public Art • Video • Documentary • Installations • Collaborative Projects


Teaching and Class Sites:
KiiS-Kentucky Institute for International Studies-Teaching in Berlin, Germany 2012
Impacto Project-Worked with Director Anayanso Prado as Site Supervisor, Bocas del Toro, Panama-Summer 2011
ARTIS-Study abroad to Florance Italy, Taught Photography, Summer 2006
Collaborative Projects:
School of Music-Sound and image installation/research and production with Professor Krzysztof Wolek
Text and Image projects in conjunction with Professor Annette Allen and PhD students including Amy Tudor, Sara Northerner and Julie Wade

Exhibitions and Awards

May 2013, Owensboro Medical Healthcare System, Floating Seeds, a permanent installation, Owensboro, KY: JURIED/ COMPETITION

March 2013, Owensboro Science and History Museum,The Lay of the Land, a permanent installation, INVITATION

April 2012: From Dirt to Gunpowder, Longwood University Art Department, installation in art department foyer, Farmville, VA, INVITATION

March 2011, Loudon House, Lexington Art League, The Butterfly Sanctuary, Lexington, KY INVITATION

March 2011, Loudon House, The End of the Tunnel, Lexington KY INVITATION

May, 2011, DAC, (The Downtown Arts Center), Installation for Modern Dance, Lexington KY INVITATION

September 2010, Frazier International History Museum, Pony Express, Revisited, Louisville, KY INVITATION

Professional Memberships

SPE-Society of Photographic Education
SECAC-Southeastern College Art Conference