Karen Frostig

Associate Professor

Faculty Karen Frostig

Karen teaches in the Creative Arts in Learning programs in the Graduate School of Education. She is a public memory artist, a writer, an educator, and founding director, producer and lead artist of The Vienna Project (2013-2014). She is also a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center. She holds dual citizenship in the US and in the Republic of Austria. Another project "Exiled Memories (2008)," is permanently installed at the University of Vienna's Institute for the Philosophy of Law.

Karen exhibits her work extensively in the US, also in Europe and the Middle East, she is a frequent speaker and keynote speaker at international conferences, and has received multiple awards, and a large number of grants from organizations such as the National Fund, ZukunftsFonds, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has also published numerous books chapters and articles in professional journals on topics dealing with art activism, memory, testimony, interactive methodologies, visual culture, and public education. 

Karen is the 2017 recipient of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Alumni Award (painting).

She also is a 2017 International Caucus Honor Roll Awardee for Art and Activism, presented by the UN Program of Women's Caucus for Art in recognition of educating about United Nations platforms with significant viewership, participation, and impact. Read more.

Education: BFA, Massachusetts College of Art; M.Ed., Lesley University; PhD, Union Institute and University

Selected Publications and Presentations

Frostig, K. (2017) Featured Speaker: Presenter: “Public Art and The Vienna Project” Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict CGIS Building, Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Frostig, K. (2017). “Activism and Citizenship: Performing Memory and Acts of Memorialization in Austria” in Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship. C. Dzenko and Avila, T. (Eds.) New York: Rutledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies. (forthcoming).

Frostig, K. (2017). Featured Speaker: “The Vienna Project” Speaker series. Holocaust Center, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York

Frostig, K. (2017). “Anne Frank’s House and Memorials as Texts” in Critical Insights: Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl. R. Amir, Rosenberg, P. (Eds.). Hackensack:, New Jersey: Salem Press. (forthcoming).

Frostig, K. (2017). “Coming to Terms with the Past: The Vienna Project as an interactive, interdisciplinary model of memorialization” In Genocide, Memory and Representation. J. Lindert, Maarsobian, A. (Eds). New York: Springer Publishing Company. (forthcoming)

Frostig, K. (2016). Keynote Speaker: Performing the Archives: Art, History, and New Models of Memorialization Commemorating Painful Pasts through Performative Practices Department of Culture and Aesthetic, Stockholm University, Sweden

Frostig, K. (2016). “Ruptured Memory on the Streets of Vienna.” Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Special Issue: Oral History and Life Stories Network, Holocaust and antisemitism, Vol. 7, 135-148.

Frostig, K. (2016). Featured Speaker: The Vienna Project: Building inclusive communities. Panelists: Alice Wolf, Former mayor of Cambridge and Brian Corr, Executive Director of the Cambridge Peace Commission. Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch Cambridge, MA

Frostig, K. (2016). “Embodying Otherness.” In M. Meskimmon & M. Arnold (Eds.), Home/ Land: Women, Citizenship and Photographies. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 41-46. ISBN: 978-1-78138-280-6

Frostig, K. (2014). “Performing Memory on the Streets of Vienna” About Performance: Special Issue: High Stakes: Risk and Performance; Journal of the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, No. 12 , 45-62.

Frostig, K. (2014). President’s address: “Memory and The Vienna Project” Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, at Hofburg Palace. Speakers: Margit Fischer; Dr. Johanna Rachinger, General Director of the Austrian National Library; President Oskar Deutsch of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien; DDr. Oliver Rathkolb, Director of Institut für Zeitgeschichte University at University of Vienna; Rector Gerald Bast, University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

Frostig, K. (2014). Keynote speaker: “Memory: Me (personal), We (social), and Us (global)” Karen Frostig Annual Art Therapy Department spring semester symposium; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Frostig, K. (2013). “Making Memory Visible,” In T. Fawns (Ed.), Memory and Meaning: Digital Differences. Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 133-150. ISBN: 978-1-84888-249-2

Frostig, K. (2013). “Citizenship After Genocide: Materializing memory through art activism” In S. Roseneil (Ed.), Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Selected Exhibitions

Frostig, K. (2014). “Naming Memorial” installation of 91,780 persecuted Austrian victims of National Socialism, projected onto the facades of buildings surrounding Josefplatz. Conceived and directed by Karen Frostig and realized by video artist Elisabeth Wildling and PANI projection company. Frostig, K. (2013).

“Touched by the Holocaust,” National Exhibition, Curator: Ellen Deitell Newman, Independent Artist, Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space, New York, NY  

Frostig, K. (2013). “Diaspora,” National Juried Exhibition, Juror: Laura Kruger, Hebrew Union College Museum, New Century Artists Gallery, New York, NY

2012 “Spirit of Art in Vienna,” International Invitational Exhibition, Curator: Zina Bercovici, MOYA-Museum of Young Art located in the pictorial 17th century Palais Schonborn, Vienna, AT