Kariann Fuqua received a BFA in painting from Kansas State University (1999) and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2003). Her professional career has traversed between academia and the museum world, which has shaped her interest in provenance research, cultural heritage, and exhibition design. For the past five years, she was a Lecturer in Visual and Dramatic Arts and the Program in Writing and Communication at Rice University in Houston, TX. There, she was part of a cohort of faculty that developed and taught courses in the museum studies minor while she was also teaching studio courses in drawing.  Prior to joining the faculty at Rice, she was the inaugural Curator of Collections at George Mason University (2012–2014) in Fairfax, VA, and Professor of Foundations and Foundations Coordinator at Columbus State University in Georgia (2008–2011). Kariann has taught a broad range of studio courses in the fine arts, including drawing, painting, and design, but is most passionate about teaching foundational courses for the art major.

Having moved from one city to another quite frequently throughout her life, Kariann’s association with location and place has dominated her art practice. Her artwork explores complex relationships of mapping, space, and location, and most recently, how science and data intersect with ideas of control and chaos during natural and environmental disasters. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues across the U.S. including Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, and is in many public and private collections.