CCT: Atkinson Bio

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Karen Atkinson is a media, installation and public artist, independent curator and collaborator. She has exhibited and curated internationally and throughout the US including the Fifth Havana Biennial in Cuba. She was a co-founding director of Side Street Projects in 1991, a nonprofit artist-run organization in Los Angeles which is still thriving today. Atkinson has been a faculty member at CalArts since 1988. She is a past president of the National Association of Artistsí Organizations and has served on many advisory boards of arts organizations. Among the courses and workshops she offers is one titled "Getting Your Sh*t Together" which includes companion software for visual artists. She spearheads GYST Ink, an artist-run company providing information, technology and solutions created by artists for artists (


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