Karen Comer Lowe

Facility Manager & Curator

Chastain Arts Center

biography

Karen Comer Lowe is currently working as Manager and Curator of the Chastain Arts Center, the oldest art center in Atlanta. She began working with the center in August of 2010. Karen has a passion for the arts and has experience in museums, galleries, and arts institutions for over eighteen years. She has worked in curatorial and educational positions in institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery, City Gallery East/City Gallery Chastain and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has also worked as an independent Art Advisor and Appraiser where she developed relationships with public and private clients, actors and entertainers.

Over the years, Karen has built connections with artists and arts institutions nationwide. She curated a number of groundbreaking exhibitions, and has worked with artists such as Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Radcliffe Bailey and Elizabeth Catlett amongst others. Last year, she received the honor of 2017 Best Curator in Atlanta's Creative Loafing. She has given lectures on artists and art movements throughout the southeast. She has also given workshops on collecting art throughout the region. In addition she independently curates exhibitions of visual artists and has taught art history classes at Spelman College for undergraduate students. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITTEES (past and present) American Association of Museums, Georgia Association of Galleries and Museums, AAMA-Researchers and Curators Committee, Georgia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Committee, Forward Arts Foundation Visual Arts Committee, ARTtable, CUE Art Foundation Host Committee, FLUX Board Member and Americans for the Arts.