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Karla Stinger-Stein

Lecturer in Art

Professor Karla Stingerstein (MFA) is an artist and adjunct art professor living in Philadelphia and founder of Photosynthesis Projects. Working across a range of media, Karla makes site-sensitive work to address ecological vulnerability in the era of the Anthropocene. This includes transforming waste into building materials to support native plants for threatened wildlife habitat.




M.F.A. Pratt Institute

B.A. Lafayette College

  • Photo Intensive
  • Intermedia_S
Professional Experience

Professor Stinger-Stein holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. In December 2016, she will be traveling to Antarctica with the Clipperton Project. She is part of the collaborating team creating Mary Mattingly’s Swale, an edible forest floating in NYC’s waters next summer. She was also a guest collaborator of WetLand. She has participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival, the Dumbo Arts Festival, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Art in Philadelphia, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute in New York, the University of Massachusetts, ED. Varie in New York and the Banana Factory in Pennsylvania. She has also participated in the GO! Brooklyn Museum Open Studio Project. Karla has received grants from the University of Massachusetts Arts Council and the University of Massachusetts Art and Art History Department. Karla is formerly the director of Development at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, N.J., and the gallery director for the Student Union Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She currently teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Washington College in Chestertown, Md., William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., and Kean University in Union, N.J.

Photosynthesis Projects is a collaborative branch of Professor Stinger-Stein’s practice with a mission to create community through art and increase environmental literacy. She connects donors, local businesses, specialists and volunteers from other disciplines to her initiatives. Photosynthesis Projects is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a 501(C)(3).


Selected Exhibitions

Swale by Mary Mattingly, New York, New York

Governors Island Art fair, curated by Jack Robinson, New York, NY

Possible Realities Two, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, IDEAS CITY, NYC

Inhabiting the Edge, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Art, curated by Mary Mattingly, Philadelphia, PA

WetLand by Mary Mattingly, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Generations IX: The Red/Pink Show, Biennale A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Ranson, Wafayers, Brooklyn, NY

DUMBO Arts Festival, Backpack Gallery, Curated by Macklen Mayse, NY

Governor’s Island Art  Festival Backpack Gallery, Curated by Macklen Mayse, NY

Brooklyn International Performing Arts Festival, (performance), Panopoly Performance Lab, Curated by Esther Neffe and Virginia Kuehne, Brooklyn, NY

Pratt MFA 2013 Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY

Silhouettes, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Curated by Bill Carroll, New York, NY

Excavation: Memory, ED. Varie, New York NY

Welcome Show, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY