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MCC Fine Arts Gallery to feature Katie Krcmarik


Katie Krcmarik
Katie Krcmarik

The Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery will present an exhibition of work by former Mott Art and Design Adjunct Faculty Katie Krcmarik titled “A Space of Their Own: A Monument to Women in Design.” Her exhibition will be in the gallery from Monday, March 18 through Tuesday, April 2.

In addition, Krcmarik will give two talks about her work. The first on Thursday, March 21 at noon, and at an American Institute of Graphic Arts event on Friday, March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Both events will take place in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 129.

These events are made possible in part by the Ballenger Trust.

Katie Krcmarik received a MFA Graphic Design, Vermont College of Fine Arts, a MA in Educational Technology at Michigan State University, a MFA in Studio Art/Graphic Design at Michigan State University, and a BFA in Studio Art/Graphic Design, at Wayne State University.

She is currently Assistant Professor of Practice and Visual Communications Coordinator, for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and co-author of the three volume textbook Communication Design 131, 132, 133: Digital Textbook. She has exhibited her work at several venues including Split Gallery, Omaha, Wordplay, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago, and ArtPrize, Grand Rapids.

Her Artist Statement for this exhibition is:
After spending several semesters researching women in design history, I wanted to create a meaningful representation of women in design because we take up so little space in history books despite often playing at least a strong supporting role if not a more significant role in design history. Women are minimized in so many ways culturally as well as within art and design so I wanted something that would do the opposite. Women need to take up space if we want to increase our presence in the power structures that define our society.

I built basically a monument to women in design focusing on equal billing whether they were famous or not. The build is modular so it can be assembled in any way I might want. The first installation was a room sized 8’ X 8’ X 7’. It features almost 1,500 names of women in design both famous and potentially unknown side by side. This juxtaposition speaks to the tendency women have to produce work without credit and our tendency toward more horizontally hierarchical structures of power rather than vertical structures created by patriarchy. The only requirements to be included in the exhibition are to identify as a woman and to work in a design related field. The installation continually reinvents itself as it will never be installed the exact same way twice even if the overall form is the same. The goal is to invite exploration and conversation.

The MCC Fine Arts Gallery is located in room 128 of the Visual Arts and Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint at 1401 E. Court St, Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibition and presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Art and Design office at 810-762-0443.

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