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ARTIST STATEMENT: Stephanie Karamitsos (6/15/17)

Not so unlike many artists, I would argue that my work is pure invention. However, the collage elements included here are literally borrowed and subject to the corruption of my focused muddling. My art features images of mostly familiar objects and symbols, though these prosaic items may receive a modest promotion via special treatment. I see much of my work as visual experiments connecting the real and the illusionistic through infinite combinations of paint and other ordinary stuff, so to speak. The small objects I literally stick in the picture are often just bits and scraps of things. Any other time, they would likely be swept up with the rubbish. But for me, this specially chosen detritus is truly compelling. Tiny details add up big in the realm of the hand held and closely examined. To paraphrase, as I cull the living flower of art, perhaps new forms of recognition will grow from within the composite sediment and pigment layers.


CURRICULUM VITAE: Professional Artist

Recent Exhibition Record 

2017     Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI: “Structural Layers”

2017    Russell Center, Detroit, MI: “The Dirty Show 18th Annual Exhibition”

2016    Flow Art Space, St Paul, MN: “Featured Artist – September 2016”

2016    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL: “31st Annual Tallahassee International”

2016     The Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN: “Remembering Eugene Debs”

2016     Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA: “Chaos National Juried Exhibition”

2016     OPEN Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL: “Surreal Exhibition”

2016     Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL: “The Beauty Show”

2016     Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin, IL: “Good/Bad/Ugly Exhibition”

2016     Russell Center, Detroit, MI: “The Dirty Show 17th Annual Exhibition”

2014    Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL: “BAC 2014 Annual Competition”

2013     Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue 17. Dec. 2013: “SF vs Chicago, Featured Artist”

2013     Chicago, IL: Community Art Exhibition – “18th Street Pilsen Open Studios”


1995 – 2006     Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. PhD, Performance Studies – Interdisciplinary Concentration: Art History.

1980 – 1982     University of Illinois, Chicago, IL. Master of Fine Arts, Painting.

2014 – 2015     Independent Sabbatical: Paris, FR; Rome, IT; London, GB; Berlin, DE; Amsterdam, NL; Bruges, DK; Barcelona, ES; Madrid, ES; Istanbul, TR; Venice, IT; Florence, IT.

Teaching Experience

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts Division – Art. Designed and taught: “Art History – Prehistoric to 1300”.

School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL. Instructor, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Designed and taught:

  • “Labor, Gender and the ‘Work’ of Art”.
  • “Current Issues in Art Theory”.
  • “Courbet, Manet and the French 19th Century”.
  • “Origins of Modernism” (co-instructor: Christopher Cutrone).