Kara Jefts

Kara Jefts standing in a white hallway light with dappled sunlight

Kara Jefts, Collections Registrar, joined the Tang Teaching Museum in September 2019. Kara provides access to the collection for students, faculty, and others.

Prior to the Tang, Kara worked with teaching collections at academic institutions in Chicago and upstate New York including: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Union College, and The College of Saint Rose.

In addition to her work within collecting institutions, Kara established Studio Archive Services in 2016, which provides archive and record management support to artists, collectors, and art advisors in Chicago and New York.

Kara earned a B.A. in Art History at Union College and a M.A. in Modern Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her area of scholarship is early modern Japanese performance. Though she is an art historian by training, Kara considers her interests as hybrid: where formal research inspires experimentation, and she seeks to collaborate with contemporary artists to better understand how to view the past from the present moment.

Pattern by Fiona McLaughlin ’20
Inspired by the exhibition Opener 28 - Erika Verzutti: Mineral
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.