Dana Karwas is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale University and a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture. She is an interdisciplinary arts based researcher and holds a MPS from Interactive Telecommunications Programat NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
Her creative practice is centered around human reference frames, with a specific interest in the boundaries of sensory perception and rendering the invisible visible. She was formerly the Media Director of Maya Lin’s fifth and final memorial, What is Missing?, where she provided project direction on this worldwide, multimedia exhibition regarding climate change and endangered species.
From 2013 to 2018 she was Industry Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media (IDM) at New York University. At NYU, she helped build IDM into a robust art and technology program that focuses on creative practice, design research, and multidisciplinary experimentation with emerging technologies. She spearheaded collaborative opportunities with well-known clients for her students to work with as part of their studies; clients included NASA/JPL, MoMA PS1, Microsoft, and others.
Karwas has also taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and NYU’s Courant Institute. Her work has been shown at galleries, museums, and festivals including the the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum; The Helix Center; Exit Art; Karkula Gallery; The Center for Architecture; the Museum of the Moving Image; the Boston Museum of Science; and the Chelsea Art Museum. Her projects and research have received support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Hewlett-Packard, Harvestworks, Eyebeam, NYU Provost’s Global Research Initiatives, and Tisch East.