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School of Visual Art and Design

Kathleen Thum

Spring 2022 Visiting Artist

Kathleem Thum received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and her MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and is based at Clemson University. Thum's artwork revolves around the subject of fossil fuels, using different visual and conceptual approaches to examine the infrastructure created by the fossil fuel industries and to explore the physical, material qualities of coal and oil. Through her mixed-media drawings and installations, she heightens an awareness of our disconnection and dependence on fossil fuels.  


March 21, 5:30 p.m., McMaster 239

Kathleen Thum will present on her drawings and large-scale cut paper pieces, which visually and conceptually explore the complex theme of fossil fuels. Referencing pipeline infrastructure and the materiality of coal and oil, Kathleen’s work aims to heighten an awareness of our disconnection and dependence on fossil fuels. In addition, Kathleen will discuss her studio process of shifting scales, layering, stenciling, masking, and working with various drawing materials.

Coordinator: Sara Schneckloth

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.