Kara Hendershot was born in Toronto, Canada in 1980. She moved to the United States just before high school, and later attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, graduating with a degree in studio art in 2002. Upon graduating, Kara spent a year with AmeriCorps, volunteering in schools in South Carolina.

Today, Kara Hendershot resides in Lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota. She is very active in the Twin Cities art community –  with the production and exhibition of her work throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, and with the promotion and support of other local artists and organizations. Kara has been an active participant and volunteer in the biannual St. Paul Art Crawl since 2004. She has served as a Board Member of Altered Esthetics Gallery in Minneapolis, and as a mentor for Free Arts Minnesota, an arts healing program for abused children. Kara currently works out of her studio in Lowertown and serves on the Saint Paul Art Collective Board of Directors.

In January 2013, Kara was awarded the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for the study, development, and creation of a new body of work which she is currently pursuing.

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