Kara LaFleur’s Professional Resume is available on Emurse

Kara LaFleur’s Fine Art Resume


University of the Arts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography;
Minor in Book Arts, 2005

Thesis Exhibition, May, 2005:
The Intangibility of Shadow and Light
8×10 View Camera Platinum Palladium Prints

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Work To Ride (a work in progress)
University City Arts League; August 2010 *
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, University City Arts League; October 2008
Friends of Project Basho, Project Basho; July 2008
Reverie Opening, Reverie; February 2008*
Friends of Project Basho, Project Basho; November 2007
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Project Basho; October 2007
POST Preview Exhibition, Freeman’s Auction House; October 2007
POST From the Studio IV, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists; October 2007
Close to Home > 10, Solmssen Court, University of the Arts; April 2007

Intangibility of Shadow & Light,
Seriatim: Senior Thesis Show, Icebox Gallery, Crane Building; May 2005

The Firmament
29th Annual Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum; March 2005

The College Cookbook,
Turning Pages, Wardman Library, CA; January 2005

U-Pull It
Junior Thesis Show, Hamilton Gallery, University of the Arts; May 2004

The Topographical Landscape of Love,
Sophomore Show, Sol Mednick Gallery and Gallery 1401, University of the Arts; April 2003

* Indicates Solo Exhibition

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Awards & Publications
Leeway Art and Change Grant, 2008
MacBus Award for Outstanding Business Identity, 2005
Workshop Scholarship, Peters Valley Craft Center, 2005
Promising Young Artist Scholarship, UArts, 2001
A Marmac Guide to Las Vegas, Cover Illustration, Pelican Publishing Co, 2005
The College Cookbook, The Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, UArts, 2004

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Professional Experience
Arts, Culture & Social Change Community – Philadelphia, 2007 – Present
Community Outreach, Organizer & Advocacy,

Supernova Forum 2010: PerestroikaAn unconference style event which explores the transformation of computing, communications, business, and society in the Network Age
2010 volunteer

TEDxPhilly An independently organized TED event from the conference that brings you Ideas Worth Spreading. This year’s theme is “Right Here, Right Now.”
2010 core group volunteer, community advocate

BarCamp Philly A user generated, open-format tech and creative conference organized by the community and held at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
2009 volunteer crew coordinator, community advocate
2008 planning committee member, community advocate, sponsor

Ignite Philly Part of a larger, worldwide network that entertains and educates people in short 5 minute bursts; this local group highlights great ideas coming to life in Philadelphia.
2009 volunteer team leader
2008-present attendee & community advocate

InLiquid Provides opportunities for visual artists and designers, serving as a public hub for arts information and resources, while making the visual arts more accessible to a broader audience.
2009 Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit (GCECS) Panel Presentation, Speaker Beyond the Web Site: Social Media’s Role in the Visual Arts
2008-present member artist
2005-present Annual Auction Benefit and Art For The Cash Poor volunteer; community advocate

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) The largest annual tour of visual artist studios in Philadelphia, POST brings visitors to the source of this city’s extensive art scene.
2009 Indy Hall Community Partner Coordinator
2007-present participating artist
2005-present general volunteer & community advocate

Independents Hall A coworking community and space in Philadelphia.
2009 POST Coordinator; member; moving volunteer, painting crew, IndyHaul & general support.
2008-present community advocate & event sponsor

Geeks Who Give Based on the concept of open source community giving; mobilized the Philadelphia tech scene to channel their powerful and positive energy towards socially-conscious causes.
2009 School Supply Drive & Mentor Sign-up for Philadelphia Futures
2008 Food Drive for Philabundance
2008 Co-founder, Co-organizer, Marketing & Communications Manager
Initiated marketing campaigns utilizing social media, including social networks, blogging, and twitter, interpersonal networking and grassroots inspired canvasing to effectively execute several highly successful events to benefit local causes

Work To Ride (WTR) A program for at risk and urban youth focused on horsemanship, equine sports and education in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.
2005-present: general volunteer; youth mentor, educator, transportation, fundraising, mailings, staff support, technical support; community advocate; financial & in-kind donor
2006-present photographer & community advocate

Work To Ride (a work in progress) A long term photographic project using color holga photography to uniquely convey the underlying sociopolitical implications inherent within the Work To Ride program.
2008 Leeway Art and Social Change Grant
2007-present Exhibitions: University City Arts League; Indy Hall; Project Basho; Reverie; Freeman’s Auction House; Philadelphia Open Studio Tours; The Center for Emerging Visual Artists; University of the Arts.

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) An organization helping emerging artists reach their audiences, while promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art in the Region.
2007 Metamorphosis Young Professionals Fundraiser Event Chair
2006-present Regional Community Arts Program Member
2005-present Annual Benefit Volunteer
2004-present general volunteer & community advocate

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Night Kitchen Interactive – Philadelphia, November 2007 – February 2009
Marketing Coordinator,
Night Kitchen Interactive is an award-winning design firm specializing in the development of online learning, interactive exhibits, and marketing communications solutions for corporations and non-profit organizations. Scope of responsiblity includes working with Night Kitchen’s marketing team in aspects of marketing strategy; as well as promotional material, proposal, and marketing communications development; managing marketing contacts, coordinate marketing communications and newsletters; coordinate company events and public relations opportunities.

Chamounix Equestrian Center – Philadelphia, June – August 2007
Program Director, Work to Ride Summer Program
Oversaw the summer program of this non-profit prevention program providing disadvantaged youth with activities surrounding horsemanship, equine sports and education. Scope of responsibility included resources management, safety, curriculum development, equipment and supervision of 16 personnel/interns and approximately 20 to 40 campers.

Center for Emerging Visual Artists – Philadelphia, Jan 2005 – June 2007
Administrative Coordinator June 2006 – June 2007
Played a key role in daily operations of this agency focused on career advancement of emerging artists by creating and updating pertinent documents, maintaining databases and coordinating fundraising. Organized and managed direct mail projects. Worked directly with Board of Directors and committees. Held responsibility for managing financial functions such as A/P and A/R as well as sales, transactions and reporting.

Research Assistant, Development & Administration December 2005 – June 2006
Gained valuable experience in all aspects of office operations including fundraising, workflow and filing. Updated and maintained MS Access databases.

Application Review Coordinator July – November 2005
Organized and managed applicant review process including a preliminary review of 200 and a detailed review of 100 as well as a double blind review and selection by the Board of Artistic Directors. Maintained databases, prepared slides and distributed materials.

University of the Arts – Philadelphia, September 2005 – May 2008
Teaching Assistant Advanced Non Silver
Help educate college students in the use and application of historic photography processes. Mix and prepare chemicals, test new materials and determine alternative methods.

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Summary of Qualifications

Self-motivated and innovative collaborator with extensive experience in non-profit organizations, community engagement, event planning, social media and grassroots organizing. Passionate creative professional excited about community, sociology, technology and thinking outside of the proverbial text box with interests in education, social change, and the arts and culture communities of Philadelphia.

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