Artist, educator, and environmental activist, Carolyn Monastra received a BA from Fordham University and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, her awards include grants from The Puffin Foundation, BRIC Arts Media, The City of New Haven and artist residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Ucross Foundation, Caldera Arts, Djerassi Foundation, and Saltonstall Foundation. A 2009 residency at Skaftfell Visual Arts Center in Iceland inspired her to focus her artwork and activism on the climate crisis.