Current Artist-in-Residence Karen Archia
Residency Dates: December 2020 - June 2021
My name is Karen Archia, and I am a Greensboro-based artist. Currently, I am also Creative Director/ Founder of a community-based project called Public Art Practice (PAP), which seeks to liberate, encourage and affirm the creative spirit in all people. Many of you may know me from the free PAP group art-making sessions or Open Studios I held at Deep Roots Market, Greensboro’s only community-owned market and cafe, or from my art events at the Greensboro Public Library. I hosted more than 50 PAP sessions/open studios between September 2019 - February 2020 (PAP sessions are on hiatus due to COVID-19).
Before PAP, I was owner-operator of The People’s Perk, a coffee-retail shop in Greensboro’s Historic College Hill neighborhood, and had my studio inside the shop.
My artwork reflects my continued desires to connect with people and to provide sanctuary for the viewer to contemplate, feel and enjoy the images on their own terms. I hope you feel solace and see yourself in my artwork.
Karen Archia, artist-in-residence