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Kara Smith is a NY based artist and educator living and working in the Hudson Valley. She received a Master of Arts in Art Education and a New York State Teaching Certification from Brooklyn College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. In addition to several years as an arts educator in Brooklyn, she has been a dresser at the Metropolitan Opera, a freelance art director and prop stylist, and an arts administrator at galleries in Boston, Los Angeles and New York.  She currently works for Community Access to the Arts, a non-profit arts organization that provides visual and performing arts workshop to individuals with disabilities, where she teaches, and manages the crafts cooperative and exhibition program.



2012-2015 M.A. Art Education, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY 

2001-2003   B.F.A. Fine Arts, Art Institute of Boston, MA 

1998-2001   Long Island University at C.W. Post, NY 

Spring 2001 LIU at Regents College, London, UK 


2018, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

2017, Drop, Forge & Tool, Hudson, NY

2015, Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

2014, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Selected Exhibitions

2019 Origins of Memory, Site-Specific Installation at TurnPark Art Space, West Stockbridge, MA

Silent Music, ChaShaMa Window Gallery, NY, NY (Solo Exhibition)

GATHER, ARTBAR Gallery, Kingston, NY

2018  Nourishment, CATA Studio Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

The Big Holiday Show, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY

True North, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY

          Migration, Movement & Memory, Art School of Columbia County, Ghent, NY

2017  ACT 1: Benefit for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood,  Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY

2016  Solo Exhibit, Gallery 35, Great Barrington, MA

2015  To The Lover of Small Things, Gallery 22, Peekskill, NY

          PRIME: Spring Residency Exhibition, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

          Eggers Studio Collective, S Artspace, NY, NY

          Winter Member Salon, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Summer Show, The Road Gallery, NY, NY

         Works on Paper, The Road Gallery, NY, NY

2013  How much are you worth, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

         Long(ing), Make_Blank, makeblank.com, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Now.Here.This., Featured Artist for January, 3-art Collective, Brooklyn, NY

         On The Fence, The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn , NY

         Celebrate, Pier 14 BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

         Performer in L. Mylott Manning’s 700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together), Chashama, NY, NY 

        Collection, Make_Blank, makeblank.com, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Paintings selected for use on the set of the Universal Pictures film, The Change-Up

         Ruin, Make_Blank, makeblank.com, Brooklyn, NY

         Troy Bike Rescue, Art Auction and Fundraiser, Troy, NY 

2010 Pierce Henry Productions, New York, NY

         The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY 

         The Peace Project, Max Lang Gallery, New York, NY

         ArtHamptons International Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY

         6x6x2010, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

         The Great Pop-Up Art Show, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

         Solo Show, Fall Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Poison, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ

         Windows Brooklyn, Smith Street and Court Street, Brooklyn NY

2007 Nightshift II: Hidden Hands, White Box, NY, NY

2006 Annual Fall Show, Pier 14 BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

         Annual Spring Show, Pier 14 BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

         Transformations, Pier 14 BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

         Square Foot Show, Art Gotham, NY, NY

2004 Waking Persephone, Vernon, NJ

2003 Senior Exhibition, The Art Institute of Boston, MA

         Fine Arts Show, The Art Institute of Boston, MA

2002 Skin, The Art Institute of Boston, MA


2001-2003 The Art Institute of Boston, MA


The Art Institute of Boston, MA

Long Island University, Brookville, NY

Professional Experience 

CATAdirect Studio Manager and Program Associate, Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington, MA 2016-present

Art Teacher, The Co-op School, Brooklyn, NY 2012-2015

Assistant to Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), Brooklyn, NY 2006- 2012

Wardrobe Dresser/Technician, Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY 2009-2012

Studio Manager/ Marketing Coordinator, Studio Milo, Brooklyn, NY 2007-2011

Programs Assistant, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY 2006-2007

Preparator, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA & Beverly Hills, CA 2004-2005

Gallery Assistant, Copley Society of Art, Boston,  MA 2003-2004

Selected Production Experience

Creative Director, ”The Serious Business Rock and Roll Revue III: NYC,” Littlefield, NY

Set designer & Prop Stylist, ”The Greater Good”, Directors Chris Pilaro & Kendall Nelson, BNP Pictures

Art Director, ”Grocery Store Musical”, Directed by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere

Art Director, Tina Parol’s “Who´s Got Your Money Now?” Universal Motown, Video Promo

Art Department,  Animal Collective’s “Summer Clothes,” Music Video

Art Director & Stylist, “It’s Okay to Look,” Match.com, Web Campaign 

Production Designer, “Private Nature,” Director Dan Gold, Short Film

Assistant Stylist, (Art & wardrobe) “Miss March,” Fox Atomic, Marketing video for feature film

Prop Stylist, “IBM Simple Icon Campaign,” Art Director Liz Engelhardt, Commercial Print

Set Designer, “Charged,” Writer/Director Jennifer Ostrega, Off-Broadway Performance

Assistant Set Designer, “She’s Wild Again Tonight,” Director Fia-Stina Sandlund, Feature Pilot,

Production Designer, “After the Parade,” Director Vikram Gandhi, Short FIlm

Assistant Art Director, “Questions Are Sexy,” Ask.com, Web Commercial

Prop Stylist, Dave Hill’s, “Big Brother,” Superdeluxe.com , Comedy Short

Props Stylist, Rebecca Drysdale’s, “L Word Rap,” Superdeluxe.com , Music Video