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Karen Kopacz

  About Design for the Arts
Brand Strategy, Design & Development

Design for the Arts provides brand strategy, print design and Web development for people in the arts and businesses of all types.

An artist who understands branding and a designer who knows how to write code, Karen has worked for over 14 years on projects small and large, from branding and brochures to creative direction and large media campaigns.

ABout the Designer
An Arts & Culture Innovator

Karen has a long history of engaging with arts and culture in the Twin Cities community.

Her project Public Field Guide tells stories about people rethinking how they live ad work through writing, photography and interview.

She was director of online arts & literature magazine Mental Contagion (2000-2008), and a panel member of Fostering New Culture on the Internet at the SXSW 2005 Interactive Festival. Her web design has been featured in the design anthology Portfolios Online (Hearst Books Intl.)

Curator of the "Mobile Art Gallery," Karen has organized events at a variety venues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to help build connections between local artists, business owners and the community.

She has served on the board for the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization, is a former art director of First Avenue’s in-house magazine, and was a columnist and photographer. Her first assignment was photographing David Byrne backstage during an interview.

Karen has a long history of collaborating with photographers, artists, musicians, copywriters, editors and developers.

    Press, Awards & Panels
Award-Winning Design

"Good Selection"
Published by Minnesota Business about Good Work Group

Minnesota Business Magazine

American Design Awards
3-time winner for Website design

American Design Awards

SXSW 2005 Interactive Festival

Panel member of Fostering New Culture on the Internet

SXSW Interactive Festival

"Design a Freelance Lifestyle"
Published by MinnPost and

Radio MNartists Interview
Aired on KFAI's Art Matters
Podcast on