The USM Art Department is thrilled to be welcoming a new voice and vission to the USM Art Galleries this August. With the retirement of long-time Gallery Director, Carolyn Eyler, the Art Department has been able to expand this position to be year round. The Art Department looks forward to Kat curating and developing interdisciplinary and diverse educational programming and outreach, to increase the Art Gallery's programming visibility and leadership in southern Maine. Kat will also sit on the planning committee for the new Center for the Arts, planned for the Portland Campus.
Kat Zagaria Buckley is an interdisciplinary arts curator whose exhibitions reimagine the potentialities of art through collaborative junctures. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History with concentrations in Curatorial Studies and Book Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in Practice in Curating from the University of Reading and the Zurich University of the Arts. She has worked at a wide array of museums and rare book libraries such as the Walters Art Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, the Newberry Library, the Hans Ulrich Obrist Archive, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently, she was the Curatorial Fellow at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She has presented her research on diverse topics such as street art, ruin photography, and postwar fiber art internationally and is a published scholar. Her curated exhibitions include Collections Highlights: Hmong Textiles at the John MIchael Kohler Arts Center, Tête à Tête: Embodying Dialogues at the Zhou B Art Center, Fabric of the Universe at the Adler Planetarium, the and the 2017 Masters of Fine Arts Show at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for which she was awarded a Graduate Curatorial Fellowship.