Karen Lukas

Karen Lukas graduated from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 1976. A passion for color led her from exhibiting in Boston and New York to a handbag business in SoHo, and then around the world as a decorative painter.Her work has been featured in publications such as Indian Interiors, Architectural Digest, Smithsonian, and House & Garden, and in private and commercial spaces, such as the American Embassy in Delhi and the Vice President’s office in Washington, D.C. She was one of the three distinguished alumnus to be honored for her achievements in 2014.

Karen’s zeal for traditional crafts flourished a connection with a remarkable folk community in Jaisalmer. Ironically the brilliance of Merasi music and art is colored by their position at the bottom of Rajasthan’s caste strata, even today. This has inspired two decades of ongoing human rights activism and initiatives to equip Merasi youth as talented artists, literate leaders, community advocates, and global citizens.