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Lisa Karrer ’13

Lisa Karrer

Lisa Karrer ’13
Finishing MFA – Interdisciplinary Performing Arts
CUNY City College of New York

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
SUNY Empire allowed me to create my own degree program in Performing Arts, custom-design my course studies with professors approval and in-put, and use my decades of experience as an artist and educator to earn Prior Life Experience (PLA) credits. This experience was so satisfying for me that I decided to pursue my MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP) at CUNY City College of New York.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
It helped me to focus on and streamline my specific areas of interest in interdisciplinary arts and arts education, supported my passion for directed learning, and inspired me to carry my studies further into a scholarly framework.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
As a career artist I have many proud and illuminated moments including world tours, large scale collaborative projects, and interdisciplinary installations in performing and art venues throughout the United States. As a BA (and current MFA) student my proudest moments have come from accomplishing new goals that combine academic studies with my aesthetic interests, which include subjects such as Dissociative Behavior, Forgiveness, and Pioneer Overland Migrations in America. These experiences have inspired me to make new multimedia works that I will continue to develop when I finish my degree.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Be creative and self-motivated in your personal goals! Use the vast range of subjects that this college offers, and shape them to fit your own trajectory in life. SUNY Empire is the only SUNY school I know of that will allow you (and encourage you!) to do these things.

Why do you give back to Empire State College?
I hope to visit SUNY Empire as a visiting contributing artist in the near future, to bring students examples of my own learning and life experience. I have already presented this idea to my own mentor and we hope to arrange a visit for spring 2017. As a guest artist I also want to initiate discussions with students, about how an academic journey can spark and open them to wider areas of subjects and interests they feel passionate about, and invested in.

Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
I would love to participate in further group discussions that focus on strengthening the arts curriculum and programs at SUNY Empire! Please visit this website featuring my audio/video works. Some of my work was also featured in the 2014 Metropolitan Review which can be viewed by clicking here.