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Senior Finds Mode of Expression Through Curatorial Explorations

Katilyn Buckley (art history, theory & criticism)

Posted 04.01.11 by mica communications

I’m interested in the book because it’s such a traditional item that we still use today; there’s a sense of community through a book. 

Katilyn Buckley

Katilyn Buckley is fascinated by the role exhibits play in expressing creative ideas. With a major in art history, theory, & criticism and concentrations in curatorial studies and book arts, she has used her years at MICA to explore this concept.

"I think you can get an idea across with an exhibit," she said, "and I like trying to come up with a concept and finding artists who are willing to put their art into that concept." An internship at the Walters Art Museum last year solidified her interest, as she helped to plan events and book future performers. "I got to talk to curators and other museum staff," she said. "It helped to weed out what I want and don't want to do."

Buckley has always been interested in the role women play in the arts. "I think the challenge of being a female artist today is just fighting to be included in a regular show without your work being highlighted as ‘a woman's work,'" she said.

It is little surprise that her senior thesis project uses feminist themes and examines stereotypes. Through an examination of Exhibition by 31 Women, held in 1943 at Peggy Guggenheim's The Art of This Century Gallery, Buckley hopes to explore whether the exhibition advanced female artists in the field or, in fact, set them back. "I want people to understand that then, and now, there are a lot of challenges facing women artists in general, as well as in trying to set up an exhibition about them," Buckley explained.

Katilyn Buckley, Good Intentions altered bookOne way the New Jersey native has shown her artistic prowess is through book arts. "I'm interested in the book because it's such a traditional item that we still use today," she said. "There's a sense of community through a book." In December, Buckley had a work selected for the Enoch Pratt Altered Book Show. "I cut up a bunch of Ogden D. Nash poems and had them line by line in an accordion-style book," she said.

She'd like to one day work in a museum, and to get her there, she is considering a number of schools to further her education, including the Visual and Curatorial Studies Program at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy, after graduation.


Photo captions (from top to bottom): Katilyn Buckley; Good Intentions altered book, selected for showcase in the Enoch Pratt Altered Book Show.