Carmen Papalia is a social-practice artist and nonvisual learner who creates works about the social, cultural, and political conditions that inform his access to public and institutional spaces. His work has been featured within exhibitions and events at such venues as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Papalia is the recipient of the 2014 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and the 2013 Wynn Newhouse Award. He holds a BA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and an MFA in art and social practice from Portland State University, Oregon. His current work includes a movement-building campaign for Open Access (2015), which he has been sharing in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom through a series of talks, workshops, and commissions.
Papalia is an artist-in-residence in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.