Anya Kivarkis is currently Associate Professor and Area Head of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Kivarkis received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2004. In 2007, Kivarkis was the recipient of the Sienna Gallery Emerging Artist Award, and presented the solo exhibition titled, Blind Spot. Recent exhibitions include the collaborative exhibition with Mike Bray at INOVA (Institute of Visual Art) in Milwaukee, WI; September Issue at Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam; State of Oregon Craft at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland; and In Dialogue with the Baroque at Handwerkskammer fur Munchen and Oberbayern, Galerie Handwerk in Munich.
Kivarkis was a recipient of the 2008 and 2014 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowships, the 2014 Oregon Career Opportunity Grant supported by the Hallie Ford Foundation, a 2014 University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, and the 2007 Rotasa Foundation grant to support the publication of The Thinking Body, an exhibition co-curated with Kate Wagle. Her work is included in collections such as the Tacoma Art Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Rotasa Foundation, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Kivarkis is represented by Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts and Galerie Rob Koudijs in the Netherlands.