Kara Bender was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. She enjoys experimenting with art making materials and is familiar with a variety of mediums and techniques. Kara originally had a background in graphic design, but quickly became interested in studio arts. She focused on mixed media and painting techniques while she obtained her B.F.A at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and would later work on shaped canvases, sculpture and printmaking techniques while obtaining her M.F.A at Western Carolina University.  She currently teaches 2-D Design and Art Appreciation classes at Greenville Technical College, 20th Century Art History at the University of South Carolina, and an Introduction to Drawing class at the Spartanburg Art Museum. Her current work involves large pen and ink drawings that focus on issues concerning ethnography and social justice. In her spare time she enjoys watching sci-fi and horror movies, gardening, and spending time with Tenebrae and Gipsy Danger, her two black cats.