Karen Atkinson

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Karen Atkinson is an installation artist, independent curator and founder of Side Street Projects, a nonprofit artist-run organization in Los Angeles, which exhibits the work of artists internationally. She has exhibited and curated throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Cuba, Japan and South Africa and was included in the Fifth Havana Biennial in Cuba. She has curated numerous gallery and traveling exhibitions and public projects, including the For the Time Being parking meter project, and Projections: intermission images — slides projected in commercial theaters between films. She has produced a number of projects designed for the web and digital media. She teaches Getting Your Sh*t Together workshops/classes, both at CalArts and in the City of Los Angeles, as well as around the country. She founded an artist run business for artists called GYST Ink, which creates software for visual artists, has support services and a newsletter about professional practices for artists.

Karen’s Ted Talk on Hybrid Careers for Artists (The Making of a Hybrid (Artist))