Kathy McGhee is a professor in Fine Arts and Area Coordinator of Printmaking. She teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced printmaking. McGhee, who has shown her work nationally and internationally, is a practicing printmaker whose practice is inspired by the natural world and the rural environment, including interactions and experiences within that world. She is interested in how we bring ourselves into nature and how we bring nature into our lives and our environments. McGhee’s works explore and call into question ideas and associations regarding our perceptions of the natural world as well as self-realizations that may arise from its closer scrutiny and to create a sense of introspection and self-discovery. These worlds include parks, backyards, urban worlds, and the in-between places where worlds meet. She frequently uses images of animals, the occasional household item, landscape, and other natural elements.

McGhee has participated in Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Dresden (Germany) Artist Exchange and the Xi’an International Printmaking Workshop held at Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China. She received an international residency through the Ohio Arts Council and was an artist in residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and at the Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

McGhee has earned a number of awards for her creative work, including: Best of Show Professional Division (Third Place) and the Ohio Arts Council Award at the Ohio State Fair; Best of Show and First Place in Prints (twice) at the Zanesville Museum’s Ohio Annual Exhibition; first place at the Biennial National Print Exhibition at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, and second place at Nexus Texas, an exhibition of contemporary printmaking in Columbus, Texas.

McGhee earned undergraduate degrees in Plant Biology and in Drawing and Painting from The Ohio State University in 1997 and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from The Ohio State University in 2000.