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Temple of Familiars: A Thesis Exhibition by Madeleine Grace Kelly

The Spider, 2023, Acrylic and water from Lake Verret on Canvas, 48 x 60  inches

Temple of Familiars 

An M.F.A thesis exhibition by Madeleine Grace Kelly 

The U.N.O. Gallery is pleased to present Madeleine Grace Kelly’s M.F.A. thesis exhibition titled Temple of Familiars. Her paintings, etchings, and installation explore encounters with mystery in the natural world, especially through the flora, fauna, light, and water of the swamps around the Atchafalaya Basin. Her practice explores kinship, reverence, and awe as an antidote to estrangement from the spirit of the land. The work invites viewers to engage with the memory that the water carries of our interconnectedness.   

The exhibition will be open from March 9th through April 7th, 2024, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 9th, from 6:00–9:00 p.m., featuring live music and refreshments. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00–5:00 p.m. The exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.  

Madeleine Kelly currently lives in New Orleans.  She will be earning an MFA from the University of New Orleans in May 2024.  A long time arts educator, she currently teaches drawing and printmaking courses at UNO. She is the recipient of the 2024 Homer L. Hitt Society Art Award. She has shown work locally at the Good Children Gallery, the Bywater Art Lofts Gallery, and the Fletcher Hall Gallery at the University of Lafayette. Her work has been featured in the New Orleans Arts Rag and Antenna Signals Magazine.

If you would like more information about this exhibition, or to schedule an interview with Madeleine Kelly, please call the artist at (862) -224-2103 or email her at Further information about the artist is also at

Precipice, 2023, Acrylic and water from the cypress cathedral on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Smoke and Mirrors, 2023, Acrylic and water from Lake Verret on canvas, 48 x 60 inches


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