Kara Walker Tomé is an independent curator, arts program developer and arts writer. In addition to the renowned Showtel annual art show that has exhibited more than 250 regional artists to date, she also curates exhibitions featuring emerging contemporary artists at galleries and alternative spaces.
Currently a contributing editor to The Art Economist, a monthly magazine examining the economics of contemporary art, she selects and writes profiles on “Artists to Watch” for their predicted, eventual success.
She was the Education Director at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, 2001-2004, and Director of Program Development at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, 2004-2006.
Kara hails from Los Angeles, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts from CalArts (1994).
Kara received a Mastermind Award from New Times Magazine in 2009 and she was a Muse Award Nominee in 2007 -presented by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council to recognize outstanding achievements in art and culture demonstrated through exemplary leadership, commitment and vision.
Curated Exhibitions List:
- Showtel – the only annual alternative contemporary art exhibition in Palm Beach County featuring site-specific, multimedia installations by twenty artists at Hotel Biba, 2002-2010
- 10 X 10 – site-specific installations in a self-storage facility, 2007-2010
- WhiteBox – recurring exhibitions of emerging regional artists at Whitespace, the Elayne and Marvin Mordes Collection, 2009-2010
- Washbowl – performance art series in a working laundromat, 2008, 2009
- Materially Speaking: Seven Woman Artists (large-scale sculpture), Armory Art Center, 2006
- Drawing Now (large-scale cutting-edge work by eight artists), Armory Art Center, 2005
- Cul-de-Sac Utopia, Ingalls Gallery, Miami, 2004
- Housework, site-specific art by ten artists, held in an empty residential house, 2003
- Downsize, miniscule artwork by twenty artists, held in a one-room guesthouse, 2002