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Callahan is an artist and serial entrepreneur who has created and directed several businesses. She has designed and developed large community art projects as well as manage her own art studio.  She is the proud mom of her grown son, Zachary, who much to her delight,  has moved back to Atlanta from the West Coast. She is happy to be the loving life partner to her husband Bill Pope. Callahan and Bill reside in their wonderful Live/work/studio, located in the Old Fourth Ward, intown Atlanta, Ga.

 

Statement:

The departure point for my work comes from myself, my relationships, and my surroundings. The layers of meaning that come through my work, the sense of a source other than I can name, are always a bit of a surprise to me. Increasingly, I have a desire to make marks in time,  to leave a record, that which I cannot put in words.  I fantasize of cave paintings and how they were a part of daily life, how they recorded, mourned,  and celebrated a tribes’ days and experiences. I look for that balance of elegance and crudeness in my work and the daily reference in the ‘doing’ of the work. My desire is for my work to be experienced out in the world, to make a difference that touches people’s lives.

 

 

 

 

Education:

  • Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia
    MSW – Master of Social Work
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
    MFA – 1 yr toward Master of Fine Art
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    BVA – Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Exhbitions:
  • “The Art of Protest”, Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur, Ga. 2017
  • TreeSpeak/WCAGA, Fine Art Gallery, GSU/Perimeter College 2017
  • “Little Things Mean Alot” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Ga. 2016
  • 46/21 Artists Standing for an end to Human Trafficking, Mammal Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.
  • “Art from my perspective”, Fine Art Dept. GSU/Perimeter College 2016
  • “Mark” Lyndon House Gallery, Athens, Ga. 2015
  • WCAGA & Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Mural/commissioned 2015
  •  The Art of Nature, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Commissioned Mural  2014
  • “Layers” Dept. of Fine Art, GSU/Perimeter College, Atlanta, Ga. 2014
  •    Further Polycontemporary Gallery & WCAGA, TULA Art Complex, Atlanta, Ga. 201
  • Sight and Sound Gallery, Solo Show, Atlanta, 2013
  • So-Ho 20 Gallery, New York, New York 2012
  • Women’s Caucus For Art Georgia, Visual Poetry, Atlanta,2013
  • The indie-pendent, Atlanta, 2011-current
  • Ruby Slippers Studio/ exhibitions & gallery 2002-current
  • Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta 2002
  • Art Papers/Community group show, Atlanta 2002
    City Hall East
  • Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta 2001
    Women’s Caucus For Art/Regional Show
  • Emory University Gallery/Law School, Atlanta 1999
    Volta Group Show
  • Studio Show, One Woman, Atlanta 1998
  • Georgia Women in the Visual Arts 1997
    Permanent sculpture installation
    Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta
  • Dekalb College Main Gallery, (solo exhibition) Atlanta 1995
  • Chastain Gallery, Atlanta, 1995
  • Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, 1994
  • Dottie McCrae Gallery, Atlanta, 1994
  • 800 East Gallery, 1993
  • Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, 1992
  • Travis-Irwin Gallery/ADAC, Atlanta, 1992
  • New Visions Gallery, Atlanta, 1991
  • Urban Nirvana Gallery, Atlanta, 1991
  • Pace Gallery/ADAC, Atlanta, 1990
  • The Mayor’s Art Congress, Atlanta, 1990
  • American Crafts Conference, Atlanta, 1990
  • New Visions Gallery, Atlanta, 1990
  • Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, 1989
  • Lagrange National, Lagrange, GA, 1988
  • Allegany College Gallery, Meadville, PA 1988
  • Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta Biennale, 1987
  • The Mattress Factory Show, Atlanta, GA 1987
  • ERSATZ Gallery, Two Person Show, Atlanta 1986
  • Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta 1986
  • Chastain Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Atlanta 1984
  • Fay Gold Gallery, 1984-1987
  • New Morning Gallery, Asheville, NC 1983
  • ALFA House Gallery, Atlanta 1983
  • The Women’s Space Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1982
  • Atlanta Women’s Art Collective Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1981
  • Agnes Scott Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1980
  • SOHO 20, New York, NY 1979
  • Alternative Art Columbus, Columbus, OH 1978
  • Peachtree Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1977
  • Atlanta Art Workers Coalition Gallery, 1977
  • Arnold Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1977
  • Piedmont Arts Invitational, Atlanta, GA 1977
  • Atlanta Art Workers Coalition Gallery/Omni, Atlanta, GA 1976
  • Grandview Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1975
  • University of South Florida Gallery, Tampa, FL 1975
  • Atlanta Gas Light Tower Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1973
  • Brunswick College Gallery, Brunswick, GA 1971
  • St. Simons Art Center, St. Simons, GA 1969
  • New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, 1988
  • Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1987-1990
  • Art Exhibitions Regionally & Nationally for over 30 years

Awards & Publications:

 
  • First Governors Award: Georgia Women in the Visual Arts
  • Art Papers, review: Saribene Evesong
  • Movers & Shakers in Georgia, (Lucinda Bunnen)
  • ARTFORUM, review: Glen Harper
  • Better Homes & Garden: The Painted Canvas
  • The Complete Book of Floorcloths, Cooper & Hersey
  • Numerous reviews: Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Zucker Museum, Teresa Bramlett Documentary, Arts in Atlanta in 1970’s
  • CNN The Freedom Project: video document Mammal Gallery 46/21, 2016

Experience:

 
  • Artist/ Ruby Slippers Studio – www.callahanmcdonough.com
  • Therapist & Life Coach – www.callahanlifecoach.com
  • Private psychotherapy practice
  • Sparkle Plenty: Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
  • The HUB Counseling Center
  • Emory University/Counseling
  • Atlanta Medical Center/therapist

 

Professional Affiliations:

 

  • Women’s Caucus For Art, Georgia & National WCA, board member, past director: Art+Activism
  • Founding member: Atlanta Women’s Art Collective
  • Founding member: Atlanta Art Worker’s Collective
  • C4 Atlanta
  • WonderRoot Atlanta
  • Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers