Tracy Mackenna RSA (SCO-IT) is an artist and educator, Professor Emerita, and an alumna of The Glasgow School of Art and The Hungarian University of Fine Arts. She exhibits internationally and has had solo exhibitions at e.g. Barbican Centre, London; CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Arnolfini, Bristol.
In her individual practice and research Tracy employs drawing, writing and video as dialogical processes to activate playful, provocative and non-linear properties of language within visual art practice, giving new and refreshed voice to collaborators and subject-matters. With Edwin Janssen, she is curator of The Museum of Loss and Renewal, an art project that offers space and contexts for making and sharing. The Museum of Loss and Renewal is a growing collection of experiences that are regularly shared through the activities of its curators, partners and residents. Its residency programmes take place in Collemacchia, Italy, home to Tracy’s family for centuries where the local community is highly supportive of the programmes.
Extensive periods have been spent living and working in France, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the Netherlands making art, and establishing art networks and artist-led organisations. She is a founding-Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios.
As Professor Emerita, Tracy holds the Personal Chair of Contemporary Art Practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. Educational practice has been focused through the Masters programme MFA Art, Society & Publics which she devised and lead, and multi-partner international projects that through specific subject-foci, enable co-learning and co-created outputs.