Mary Carothers, MFA

Associate Professor


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.  Mary 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.



Teaching Areas

ART 105: Foundation 2-D Design
ART 351: Introduction to Black and White Photography
ART 551: Photography Techniques and Processes
ART 555: Directed Study in Photography (with special permission only)

Special Topics courses include:

ART 590: Collaborative Projects
ART 590: Documentary Photography
ART 590: Camera-less and Experimental Photography

Research Areas and Projects

Teaching and Class Sites:
KiiS-Kentucky Institute for International Studies-Teaching in Berlin, Germany 2012
Art 390/590 Special Topics: Urban and Public German Art
Course Description: This course will examine the creative approaches to German public art in association with its historical and contemporary meanings. Students will develop a familiarity with the critical issues surrounding specific public art located in Berlin's urban spaces and will learn of the wide spectrum of sanctioned and unsanctioned public art in depth. Object oriented art produced as a government commission, site conscious art made as a collaboration with the managerial class as well as alternative urban art approaches such as graffiti and site-specific intervention will be addressed.
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

Professional Memberships

COPA-Commission for Public Art-board member
SPE-Society of Photographic Education
SECAC-Southeastern College Art Conference