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Meghana Karnik explores paradoxes between art and social change, spirituality and economy, lived experience and institutional process. Her research plays out across modalities modalities as a curator, arts administrator, artist, and writer. Recent curated exhibitions include Hope is a discipline (2023) at de Appel Amsterdam; Tamar Ettun: How To Trap A Demon (2022) at SUNY Purchase; and TITLE TBD (2020) at Cleveland Institute of Art. She has been awarded curatorial residencies with ISCP (New York), The Luminary (St. Louis), and FSAS (Dublin).

Meghana serves as Curatorial Adviser for The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2023 and on the Advisory Board of Critical Practices, Inc. in New York. Formerly, she was Manager, Grants & Artist Initiatives at Art Matters Foundation (New York, NY), where she helped implement Artist2Artist, a regranting program that eschews application labor and gives power back to artists; Associate Curator for FRONT International 2022 (Cleveland, OH), where her curatorial research focused on the Great Lakes region; and Associate Director of EFA Project Space (New York, NY), a cross-disciplinary venue where she produced guest-curated exhibitions and facilitated SHIFT: A Residency for Arts Workers. She has worked at Art21, The Drawing Center, Harlan Levey Projects, Critical Practices, Inc., SPACES, Columbia University, and Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute.

Meghana is an alumna of de Appel Curatorial Programme. She holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University, a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Case Western Reserve University, and completed a non-degree BFA Exhibition & Thesis in Drawing as a cross-registrant of Cleveland Institute of Art.