Stephens Gallery to showcase work of Georgia artist

Release Date: 2/28/2014

An exhibit by Katy Malone, outreach coordinator for the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, will be featured in the University of the Ozarks' Stephens Gallery throughout the month of March as part of the University's Artist of the Month Series.

The exhibit, titled "Micro/Cosmos," will be shown from March 4-21 in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center, There will be an opening reception to meet the artist at 7 p.m., March 4, in the gallery.

Malone earned a degree in biology and chemistry before going on to obtain a master's of fine arts degree, both from Georgia State University. In 2013, she joined the new Zuckerman Museum of Art at KSU as outreach coordinator to spearhead a new education program.  She continues to create and exhibit visual art, and occasionally participates in panels related to artist professionalism.

Malone said she her exhibit, "Micro/Cosmos," is an "exploration of the basic order of the whole when isolated into a portion; my attempt to find the order of the world. My theory is that existence and its laws are the same from the macro to the micro, and that somewhere in between lies the divine."

Paintings by Georgia artist Katy Malone.

One of the paintings by Georgia artist Katy Malone that will be featured in the Stephens Gallery in March as part of the University's Artist of the Month Series.

"In preparing for this body of work, I've relied heavily on documentaries about space exploration, the teachings of Stephen Hawking, writings about quantum physics, and my own background in microscopy," Malone said. "I collected and deciphered images from those sources and translated them into pictures of what universal form must be. Universal forms exist because everything follows the same rules of physics, nothing is exempt. They are the perfect balance of existence, and what I believe a true utopia might look like. By referencing these forms, I attempt to find the elegant and the sublime on a microcosmic level."

Malone started her artistic career as a painter, exhibiting her work throughout the Southeast and becoming heavily involved in the alternative art scene in Atlanta, Ga.  After obtaining her MFA, Malone's artwork moved away from strictly painting. Now she uses installation, drawing, and sculpture to explore the physical and metaphysical world opened up to her by the sciences.  In addition to creating art, Malone has a second calling in arts administration.  After graduate school, she gained a fulltime position at the Fulton County Arts Council as the public art registrar, and later moved to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to work as the senior assistant at the Airport Art Program.  She also taught studio foundation courses at Georgia State University and the Atlanta Art Institute, and worked as a studio assistant for artist, Maria Artemis.

In January 2010, Malone joined South Arts, a regional arts organization, as a program director. Her programs include touring exhibits, individual artist services, and acting as the ArtsReady project manager, an online disaster preparedness program for arts organizations. She also frequently presented at conferences nation-wide on business continuity and preparedness planning in the arts. In 2011 she co-curated an exhibit, "The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America," which toured China on behalf of the US Embassy-Beijing.

Malone will also serve as a panelist in the "Business of Art" discussion panel, scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in the University's Rogers Conference Center.