Arizona State University, 2004, MFA, Printmaking
Karen Fiorito received her Master’s in Fine Art in Printmaking from Arizona State University and her Bachelor's of Fine Art in Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Art in America, the Huffington Post, the LA Weekly, and URB Magazine. She was the recipient of a Change, Inc. Grant from Robert Rauchenberg in 2004 and a Puffin Foundation Grant in 2005 for a billboard installation in Santa Monica.
From 2004 to 2012, Fiorito owned and operated Buddha Cat Press, a socially conscious printmaking studio and publishing company. Her work as a Master Printer has been showcased at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for the Pacific Standard Time Project and at the Los Angels County Museum of Art.
In addition to being an artist and Master Printer, Fiortio has been a curator for the last 20 years. She has curated several exhibitions dealing with Animal Liberation. In 2011, Fiorito worked with Santa Monica's Arena 1 Gallery to bring to the public Evolution Revolution: the Interconnectedness of All Beings, an exhibition and forum which featured the work of William Wegman, Sue Coe, Robbie Conal and other prominent artists. In 2014, she curated WE ANIMALS, a retrospective of photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur's work for the National Museum of Animals and Society in Los Angeles.
From 2011 to 2012 Fiorito was the first resident artist at Brush and Press Studio in Townsville, Australia, where she was also commissioned by the Perk Tucker Regional Gallery to produce a two-sided light box on Flinders Square. Fiorito currently lives in Santa Monica with her husband and fur babies. In her Culver City art studio, she is working on a solo show and installation, Sacred Beings.