Kara "Zuzu" Zupancic received her BA in Studio Art and Art Education from Saint Vincent College in 2007. She continued her education at Edinboro University and earned her MA in Art Education in 2012. She maintained a professional career as an arts educator while pursuing her work as a professional artist.
As a Pittsburgh based ceramic sculpture artist, Zuzu makes both smaller, functional art (like mugs with hand-sculpted embellishment) as well as large sculptures. Her one-of-a-kind sculptures are inspired by animals, women, and narratives from her lived experiences. To further deepen her skills, Zuzu attends workshops held by a variety of independent studio artists. She also traveled to Bali, Indonesia to complete a workshop with artist Allesandro Gallo. She connects with other sculptors through her membership in the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.
Especially an animal lover, the creatures Zuzu chooses to sculpt are often those that cross her path and leave her imprinted with a feeling evoked by that animal. Intentionally chosen, Zuzu relies on the calming energy of animals to tell humanistic and personal stories. Her sculptures draw you in, asking you to look beyond an initial impression for interpretation. Animals are a non-threatening way to engage an audience in an experience of allowing for multiple perspectives and self-reflection.
2021 Women's Work, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (Best 3D Artwork Award)
2021 Unprecedented: Art Responds to 2020, View Center for Arts and Culture, Old Forge, NY
2021 SIP Ceramic Cup Show(Online), Savannah Clay Community, Savannah, GA
2021 Hand to Mouth, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA
2021 Women's Works, You Are Here 406, Jeannette, PA (Jurors Choice Award)
2021 Pittsburgh Artist Showcase, Vestige Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2021 Associated Artist of Pittsburgh New Member Exhibition, 100 43rd Street, Unit 107, Pittsburgh, PA
2020 Vertigo, 422 Wood St. Pittsburgh, PA
2020 Small Works & a Big Chimpanzee, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2020 Art on the Walls: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Stanwix 11 Building, Pittsburgh, PA
2020 Southern Miss Ceramic National, Hattiesburg (Online Gallery), MS
2020 Merrick Masters, Merrick Gallery, New Brighton, PA (honorable mention)
2020 Favorite Things, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2020 Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition, Hoyt Art Center, New Castle, PA
2019 Sensation Pop-Up Exhibition, North Hills Art Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 The Collectors Circle: A Curated Exhibition of Select Artists from the Society of Sculptors, Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 Society of Sculptors Travels, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 Distilled: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Members Show, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 Mastermind, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media, Pittsburgh, PA
2018 In the Mix, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School NCECA Access Member Exhibit, Pittsburgh, PA