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 Asheville campus, and would later work on shaped canvases, sculpture, and printmaking techniques while obtaining her M.F.A at Western Carolina University. Her current work involves large pen and ink drawings that focus on issues concerning ethnography and social justice. She teaches art and art history at Greenville Tech and the University of South Carolina’s Upstate campus, drawing and advanced drawing courses at the Spartanburg Art Museum, and a weekly painting and mixed media class at the Cascades retirement community. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and sleeping in.