Karen Irvine is curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago. She has organized numerous one-person exhibitions including: Anthony Goicolea; Shirana Shahbazi: Goftare Nik/Good Words; Jason Salavon; Paul Shambroom: Evidence of Democracy; and Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi. Thematic group exhibitions include Audible Imagery: Sound and Photography; The Furtive Gaze, works by artists who use the camera as an instrument of surveillance; Camera/Action: Performance and Photography; and Anticipation, exploring strategies of slowness and suspense in time-based art. She is a part-time instructor of photography at Columbia College, Chicago. She received her MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, and a Masters of Arts degree in art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.