MFA to GSU: Katherine Cunningham

Faculty Work Then & Now

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.

MFA to GSU: Katherine Cunningham

Katherine Cunningham

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.

Jill Frank

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.

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Constance Thalken

Constance Thalken joined the School of Art and Design Photography faculty in 1990. She received a BA in Psychology from Barat College and a MFA in Photography from Yale University.

Thalken’s work has 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), the New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), The Light Factory (NC), Municipal Cultural Center of Ioannia (Greece), the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), the Harn Museum of Art (FL), the Foundation Charles-Leopold Mayer (France), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (GA), the House of Culture (Brazil), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (GA), the Photographic Center Northwest (WA), and the Torpedo Factory (VA).

Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection, Georgia Perimeter College, Yale University Library and other private collections. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including individual artist grants from Georgia Council for the Arts and DeKalb Council for the Arts, a Hambidge Center Residency Fellowship and many research grants from Georgia State University.

The overarching concerns of Thalken’s work are the complexity of loss and issues of mortality. In her most recent work, entitled Eyes Open Slowly, Thalken employs the prism of taxidermy to investigate the entangled relationship between human and animal. The work explores animal essence and the emotional and psychological complications that arise from reanimations of that essence. Her previous 1.2cm = project speaks to concerns of mortality in relation to cancer and the medical world. The work examines the nature of disease and our unease with it, and the tension between the body as a physical medical object and as an abstract vessel of the human spirit.

Nancy Floyd

Nancy Floyd (b. 1956, Monticello, Minnesota) has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty years. She has received numerous grants and awards including a 2016 CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, a 2015 Society for Photographic Education Future Focus Project Support Grant, and a 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award. Temple University Press published her first book, She’s Got a Gun, in 2008. Floyd’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Solomon Projects, Atlanta; Flux Projects, Atlanta; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; White Columns, New York; and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside. Since 2009, her work has been part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art archive, Brooklyn Museum. In 2017 Floyd will have solo exhibitions of her current project, Weathering Time, at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, and the CUE Art Foundation gallery in New York City. Floyd holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. She lives in Atlanta and serves as professor of photography in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University.