The Dining Room Chair

Event Date: 
Nov 12 2012 (All day) to Nov 26 2012 (All day)

Art exhibition by Kathy Lovas.

“The Dining Room Chair" series is about a chair that has been in my family for several generations. Like the photograph in which it appears, it is a saved artifact and index to the past. I have disassembled, reassembled, traced, embroidered, and juxtaposed it with a variety of materials and texts. My art is concept-driven; my projects reference personal narratives as well as the ontology of photography. I am particularly fascinated with the ideas of indexicality and the archive. I am constantly searching for the site of intersection between matter and memory. Using a variety of materials and media, I create visual archives whose elements both help me to remember and allow me to forget.

gallery view of dining room chair

Photo by Kathy Lovas


Kathy Lovas was born in Duluth, Minnesota. She holds a B.S. degree in biology from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana and an MFA in photography from Texas Woman's University. She is a 1995 recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in photography, and was a 1991 fellow of the American Photography Institute National Graduate Seminar at New York University. Selected solo exhibitions of her work include Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Galveston Art Center, Women and Their Work, Austin, and Handley-Hicks Gallery, Fort Worth, which represented her work for many years. She has been a resident artist at Project Row Houses in Houston, Connemara Conservancy in Allen, TX and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the region, and she recently created site-specific installations at DiverseWorks, Houston, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas at Beaumont, Arlington Museum of Art, UT San Antonio Satellite Space at Blue Star, and Warehouse Theater in Greenville, SC.

Kathy lives in Dallas and has been on the photography faculty in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas since 1992. In addition she has held teaching appointments at Southern Methodist University, UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and Texas Woman’s University.

Kathy’s art is research-based and results in room-sized installations as well as smaller bodies of work and sculptural pieces incorporating photography. She thinks of her projects as works of “visual historical fiction” through which she explores how photographs function in society and how they move us.

Photo by Kathy Lovas