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Petra Kralickova

Director of Exhibitions , Kennedy Museum

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Petra Kralickova

Director of Exhibitions , Kennedy Museum


Kralickova divides her time between creating her own artwork and as a Director of Exhibitions at Ohio University School of Art Galleries. Kralickova held a number of solo exhibitions; most recently exhibition titled Silent Longing at Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2007); Inquietude at Lexington Art League, Project Space, Lexington, KY (2007); Hollow at Rosewood Gallery, Rosewood Arts Center, Kettering, OH (2006); Succulence, Window to Sculpture Series at the Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH (2006). In addition to solo exhibitions, Kralickova was included in several juried and invitational group exhibitions, such as the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN; Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University in Durham, NC; Outworks Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada and the Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville, OH. In addition, Kralickova was recently invited as a guest curator for the 2007-2008 exhibition season at the ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH. She also juried the first annual 2007 Height x Width x Depth exhibition for the Rosewood Arts Center Gallery, Kettering, OH. Furthermore, Kralickova was invited as a panelist for the Nude International ‘07 group exhibition at the Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY and as a visiting artist and a lecturer to the University of Southern Oregon School of Art, Ashland, Oregon (March, 2006) and to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (April, 2006). Kralickova also received the Artist Fast Track Grant in two consecutive years (2006, 2007) from the Ohio River Border Initiative Arts Network, OH.


Artist Statement

I observe people. I notice gestures, waves of passion or sorrow that sit in the gut, tickle the flesh and chill the bones. I am interested in these reactions and emotions that we try to hold back yet are unable to conceal entirely. I imagine the physical body filling up with experiences that are too intense – too keen to absorb.

Concealment, stillness, strength and fragility are all essential themes in my artwork. These core themes are strongly influence by my childhood memories of growing up in Czechoslovakia during the communist regime, and by my experience working with people who suffered from mental illness. In both instances, I have witnessed the colonizing effects of emotional dominance; for me, the emotive residue is what remains.

Educational Background:

B.F.A. Ohio University, 2001 M.F.A. University of Massachusetts, 2004