KAREN AQUA (1954-2011)
Karen Aqua completed 12 independently-produced animated
films and one collaborative animation/live action video since graduating
from Rhode Island School of Design in 1976.
Her award-winning films have screened worldwide, at
festivals in Europe, Asia, North/South America, New Zealand, and
the Middle East. She has received fellowships from American Film
Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the Arts, Fundación
Valparaíso (Spain), New England Film/Video Fellowship Program, Berkshire
Taconic Trust, LEF Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.
Aqua has taught animation at Boston College and Emerson
College, and at workshops and residencies around the United States.
She has served as a juror for film festivals in Japan, Canada, and
the US, and has presented numerous one-person screenings of her
In 2005, a special program of Aqua's animated films
was presented at the Tehran International Animation Festival, Iran.
Since 1990 she has directed/animated 22 segments for
the acclaimed children's television program "Sesame Street."
Aqua's film, "Twist of Fate," was screened at Telluride
Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Kos Ippokratis International
Health Film Festival (Greece), and international animation festivals
in Ottawa, Hiroshima, and Annecy (France). It has received awards
at Ann Arbor Film Festival, James River Film Festival, and Black
Maria Film & Video Festival.
Her final film, "Taxonomy," debuted at the ICA/Boston
three weeks before her untimely death on May 30th, 2011. Karen was
notified that she had been named a Fellow in Film & Video by the
Massachusetts Cultural Council three days prior to her passing.