Karen Irvine

Chief Curator & Deputy Director

Karen is in charge of the museum’s artistic program and has organized over sixty exhibitions of contemporary photography at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center; Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea; and the New York Photo Festival. Known for developing projects with both emerging and established artists that look at pressing justice issues, her most recent projects at MoCP include Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency, co-organized with Kristin Taylor, and American Epidemic: Guns in the United States. Karen has contributed texts to many publications including FOAM, Art on Paper, Panorama, and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Trinity by Brohm and Valentina Seidel (Snoeck), amongst many others. She holds a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in Photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.