Karin earned a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. from UCLA, both in art history. As the senior curator of art at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, she curated a number of exhibitions including "George Nakashima: Nature, Form & Spirit," "The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945," and the national traveling exhibition "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now," which was co-curated with the Asia Society, New York. She has taught at Mills College, the University of California, Irvine, and Otis College of Art and Design, and has lectured extensively on Asian-American and contemporary art. Karin’s publications include contributions to the books Only Skin Deep (Abrams, 2003) and Parallels and Intersections: A Remarkable History of Women Artists in California, 1950-2000 (University of California Press, 2002).
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