Anya Kivarkis received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and an MFA from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2004. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Sienna Gallery Emerging Artist Award, and presented the solo exhibition titled, ‘Blind Spot’. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include ‘Neo-Palatial: Objects of Virtue and Vice’ curated by Garth Clark, ‘L’education Sentimentale’ at the Solidor Art Space in Cagnes Sur Mer, ‘Extreme Beauty’ at the Glassel School of Art in Houston, ‘Call + Response’ at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, ‘The Sting’ at the Manchester Art Gallery, and ‘The Surrealist Impulse’ at the Tacoma Art Museum. She was a recipient of the 2008 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowship, and the 2007 Rotasa Foundation grant to support the publication of ‘The Thinking Body’, an exhibition co-curated with Kate Wagle. In 2008, she co-developed and moderated the panel, ‘Shifting Pedagogy in the Field’ as part of the Educators’ Dialogue at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference. She has been invited as a Visiting Artist to the University of Georgia, California College of the Arts, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft collaborative graduate program in Applied Craft and Design, and as a panelist on ‘Crafting Experience, Experiencing Craft’ at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design. Her work is included in collections such as the Tacoma Art Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Rotasa Foundation, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. She is represented by Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusettes and Galerie Rob Koudijs in the Netherlands.