GSU Photo faculty member Katherine Cunningham has been exploring the intersections of art, science, and the spiritual through her work for more than a decade. Her thoroughly researched projects trace a recurring human desire, almost a need, for simple explanations of complex phenomena. Often these answers are sought through the lens of science, which purports to be rational, or spirituality, which attempts to harness the irrational. Myriad cultures and communities have declared their identities through a shared search for meaning that, inevitably, transforms into belief that they have found conclusive answers. Cunningham investigates these groups with an interest in how they create a lifestyle from these identities, and how they turn their answers into actions.
Katherine Cunningham is a lens-based artist, writer, and educator.
Katherine received a BFA in photography from Washington University in St. Louis, with time abroad at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She went on to obtain an MFA in photography from The University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Erfroymson Fund Emerging Artist Award. In 2011, she earned an MMus from the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, the Netherlands having participated in an interdisciplinary program called ArtScience. Her curiosity about the world and passion for art making has lead to diverse experiences, from photographing girls’ schools in Cairo, Egypt to working on augmented reality with the prestigious V2_Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Katherine has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.
Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Louisville, KY; Jill received a BA in photography at Bard College, and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo shows include Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. Jill moved to Atlanta in 2011 for a teaching position at Georgia State University where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Welch School of Art and Design. She has continually shown in group exhibitions around the country, including recently: Teen Paranormal Romance curated by Hamza Walker. Her work has been on the cover of Art Papers magazine and reviews of her work have appeared in Art Forum, Art in America, Bad at Sports and The Paris Review.
Constance Thalken’s photographs have been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums in the U.S., Mexico, France, Greece and Brazil. Venues include the San Diego Art Institute (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), The Light Factory (NC), Municipal Cultural Center of Ioannia (Greece), Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), Harn Museum of Art (FL), Foundation Charles-Leopold Mayer (France), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (GA), Photographic Center Northwest (WA), Birmingham Museum of Art, (AL), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Torpedo Factory (VA). Her work is in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection, Yale University Library, and other private collections. She received an MFA in Photography from Yale University and lives in Atlanta where she is represented by Whitespace Gallery.