Kara LaFleur was born in 1983 in New York City. Her family moved throughout New England before settling into the suburbs of Philadelphia in 1995. Kara attended the University of the Arts where she developed her artistic vision under the tutelage of such esteemed professors as Alida Fish, David Graham, Lori Spencer, and Sarah Van Kuren. After several years of mastering technique and honing her vision it was the 8×10 and the non-silver processes which captured her interest. After graduation, through various affiliations with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, and the University of the Arts, Kara was able to learn the business of art while simultaneously contributing to society. In the summer of 2006, she began volunteering with the Work to Ride program. WTR is located in the Belmont Plateau section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park facilitating equestrian activities for at risk and urban youth. Inspired by Founder and Executive Director, Lezlie Hiner, Kara found herself taking a vested interest in the welfare of both the kids in the program as well as the unique setting with in which it resides. In the summer of 2007, Hiner offered Kara a temporary position of Summer Program Director. Kara plans to continue her relationship and ongoing photographic project with WTR through their Saturday program.


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