Stephanie Karamitsos, Artist
Professional Artist Stephanie Karamitsos | Artwork for exhibition and sale
My name is Stephanie Karamitsos. I am a 62-year-old visual artist from Chicago, IL USA. Art is an integral part of who I am. My father not only brought me into the world in the usual sense; he left a glowing stamp “Destination Art-land” on my consciousness. Always lovingly but insistently dad guided my path, just as my inheritance of excellent eye/hand coordination was further provocation. Technically, I advanced with more than due speed. However, more importantly, my dad sought to feed my passion toward the artist’s world view, if you will.
Over time, my artistic development progressed with an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Chicago, then an interdisciplinary Performance Studies/Art History PhD from Northwestern University. The journey continued further on two European sabbaticals where I explored hundreds of art museums and galleries. But at this point, I was more of an artist-in-the-making relative to the present. And yet I worked my art “muscles” rigorously, applying to as many exhibition opportunities as possible. My efforts resulted in numerous opportunities for exposure around the US, and the beginnings of a good reception.
My time as a university instructor at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL and at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL were difficult but priceless. Designing and teaching my own courses was very exciting and challenging. I delved into critical and theoretical dimensions of the discipline with serious but occasionally uninitiated students. It was a fabulous period of growth for me and my students, but as the year 2011 advanced I was inextricably drawn to focus more exclusively on my own art practice. It came as an important phase for me, though teaching had been very rewarding as well. At long last, I was establishing myself more professionally as a working visual artist.
CURRICULUM VITAE: Professional Artist
Partial Exhibition Record
2019 Vanessa Lacy Gallery, Kansas City, MO USA: “Capturing Bliss”
2018 Agitator Cooperative Gallery, Chicago, IL USA: “Critique Night”
2017 Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI USA: “Structural Layers” (10 pieces)
2017 Russell Exhibition Center, Detroit, MI USA: “The Dirty Show Annual Exhibition”
2016 Flow Art Space, St Paul, MN USA: “Featured Artist” (6 pieces)
2016 Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL USA: “31st Annual Tallahassee International”
2016 The Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN USA: “Remembering Eugene Debs”
2016 Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA USA: “Chaos National Juried Exhibition”
2016 Side Street Studio, Elgin, IL USA: “Good/Bad/Ugly Exhibition” (5 pieces)
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
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL. Instructor, Dept. of Art History, Theory, and Criticism
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts Division – Art