Tori Karpenko

Tori Karpenko received his BFA from Drake University, where he graduated cum laude and majored in painting. During his sophomore year, he attended the Lorenzo de Medici Institute of Italian Studies in Florence, Italy.

Tori pursued additional education after graduation in a Biodynamic Agriculture internship at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin.  He continues to pursue food, culture, and land issues with his artwork.  Tori has been exhibiting art regionally in North Central Washington and in Seattle since moving to Washington in 2000.  


In 2001 Tori joined the Confluence Gallery & Art Center's Board of Directors, and was elected chairman in 2002. During his tenure, the organization succeeded in purchasing the building that houses their gallery and class space. He has also been active on the Methow Arts teaching roster since 2003, and has led several dynamic learning experiences in the public school system. Since 2008 he has served as a regional ambassador for Artist Trust in Seattle. 


In 2011 Tori began working for TwispWorks, a community inspired project that is repurposing a 6.5 acre, seventeen building former US Forest Service complex in to a hub for creative enterprise.  As Director of Campus Operations, his responsibilities include project management of extensive building renovations, oversight of the Artist in Residence Program, creative direction for numerous cultural events throughout the year, and development of a destination education program. 


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