Mihira Karra is a fabric collage artist based in Vienna, Virginia. She was born in Calcutta, India and grew up in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. She started sketching and using pastels as a child and realized her passion for portraiture and figurative art as a twelve year old when she sketched her first portraits of her great aunt and grandmother. She focused mainly on portraits of family and friends early on as she used them as live models to pose for her. She later used photographs as inspiration for figurative work. Her work in International Development has also inspired portraits of women, men and children from her travels around the world.
More recently, Dr. Karra has delved into the world of fiber arts. She is fascinated with the potential of fabrics as a medium thanks to an inspiring workshop under the tutelage of renowned fabric artist Laura Breitman. She is currently “painting” with fabric and using fabric as a medium for portraits and figures. She sketches the outlines of her portraits free hand on the canvas and then “paints” by gluing in small pieces of fabric. She is a member of the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, The American Women Artists group, and The American Portrait Society and the Arts Club of Washington. She is also represented by the Zenith Gallery in Washington DC.
B.Sc. Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta.
M.S. The Pennsylvania State University.
Ph.D. Purdue University
M.P.H. University of Michigan.
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, 2015-16
International Art Olympiad 2015, Tokyo,prize winner
American Art Marketing Show 2016, Washington DC
American Craft Council Show 2017, 2018, 2019, Baltimore, MD
41st Annual Morristown Craft Show, 2017, Morristown, NJ
American Art Marketing Show 2017 (Zenith Gallery), Crystal City, VA
ArtRider Show, 2017, Westport, CT
Art in the Park, Lyndhurst, Cleveland, OH, 2018
Sugarloaf Craft Festival, Chantilly, VA, 2018
Arlington Arts Festival, Clarendon, VA, 2019
Will be in: Bethesda Row Arts Festival, 2019
Carolina Designer Craft Show, Raleigh, NC, 2019