Kariann Fuqua

Instructional Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Museum Studies

Kariann Fuqua

Kariann Fuqua is an abstract artist whose work explores the precipice of environmental disaster.

Research Interests

• Abstraction – My drawing and painting practice is explored through the language and history of
• Provenance Research – My experience in the professional museum world and knowledge of the
art market has shaped my interest in provenance and cultural heritage research of objects in
public and private collections.


Kariann Fuqua (b. 1976, Oklahoma) is an abstract artist utilizing drawing and painting to investigate the
intersection of chaos and control. She received a BFA in painting from Kansas State University and an MFA in
painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States including Jenkins-Johnson Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Governors Island (New York, NY), Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL), Byron Cohen Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center (Cincinnati, OH), Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (Athens, GA) and was awarded a public commission at McCormick Place (Chicago, IL). She received a Joan Mitchell Foundation full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and her work was published in New American Paintings and the Artist’s Magazine. She currently lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi where she is an Instructional Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Museum Studies at the University of Mississippi.


MFA Art, University of Illinois-Urbana Campus (2003)