Diane Karp

Diane is an arts activist, arts educator, arts connector and devoted supporter of the creative process in all realms of society. She has a Ph.D. in Art History and after teaching 20th-century art history at Temple University she became the curator of the "Ars Medica" collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she was responsible for acquiring, researching, and developing “Art, Medicine and the Human Condition,” an exhibition that traveled to 20 countries after opening at the PMA. She collaborated with Dan Fox on “In Time of Plague”, an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Diane moved to New York City in 1988 to become the director of New Observations Magazine, an artist-based, non profit, contemporary arts journal dedicated to presenting a diversity of editorial voices and images to represent the diversity of the national and global arts community. In September 2001 she moved to Santa Fe, NM to become the director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. After 12 years of developing innovative programs that support the creative sectors, in 2013 Diane retired from her position as Executive Director at SFAI to write and continue her work with art, social justice, environmental responsibility and community building.