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Karen DeGrace

Karen DeGrace

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Executive Assistant to the Dean

degrace@hartford.edu

BA, English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

I have been doing needlework of one kind or another—embroidery, spinning, weaving, quilting, tatting, knitting—since I was a young girl. Much of my work has been given away, but the joy of the process never leaves me. There is something very soothing about the rhythmic repetition of stitches, something deeply satisfying about the creative process. When I’m not making pieces of my own, I’m often in antique stores, purchasing linen and lace treasures and wondering about the lives of those who made them.

Before coming to the Hartford Art School in 2009, I enjoyed a variety of professional positions, and I’m grateful for the way each has helped to broaden my perspective on life. I operated a pre-school center; explored the country and nurtured environmental awareness as a park ranger assigned to North Cascades (Washington), Mammoth Cave (Kentucky), and Theodore Roosevelt (North Dakota) national parks and at Bird Rescue in Texas. I worked as editor/director of communications for a non-profit agency. I also held the position of executive assistant for Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Children, nature, writing, music, and now art in a college setting—life is good!

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Recent Awards:
  • Named as part of a team effort for the Hartford Art School Catalog (cited for copy editing) - Gold Award, Connecticut Art Directors Club, June 23, 2016
  • Outstanding Service,  Hartford Symphony Orchestra, September 17, 2008