2019 Outstanding Art & Art History senior Vasiliki Karahalios attends the Oxford Human Rights, Violent Conflict and the Struggle for Peace workshop.

July 11 2019

College of Fine Arts alumn Vasiliki (Kiki) Karahalios has been busy. Really, really busy. She graduated (in three years) with a BA in Art History and is now getting her Master’s Degree in Art History, both from the CFA. She was the 2019 Outstanding Senior for the Department of Art & Art History, interned in DC at the Supreme Court in their curatorial office, presented her research at the Utah State Legislature and this past March she traveled to Oxford to participate in the Oxford Human Rights, Violent Conflict and the Struggle for Peace workshop.

Karahalios’s work and research are a mixture of 19th century American art and fairy tales although human rights issues come up a lot especially with race and gender. This has led her to the opportunities that she has taken under her belt and further fueled her ongoing research around gender.

Attending the workshop at Oxford came from on a whim. She applied through the honors college with her resume, thesis and an essay on what human rights means to her and was accepted. Between workshop lectures atenndees engaged with each other sharing their interests and research. People became actively engaged with what she was doing and that lef to being asked to give a presentation on art and human rights by the organizer of the event. Karahalios was the only student to give a solo presentation and talked about artists and how they address human rights issues.

It’s clear Karahalios has a deep passion for her work and engaging with all types of communities by sharing her knowledge of race, gender and human interactions. The College of Fine Arts is excitedly waiting for her next big move. Congratulations Kiki!