Karen Ami was born in Chicago, raised in Indiana and Illinois. She attended The Boston Museum School, Tufts University (BFA, 1986) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 1995) majoring in ceramics and sculpture. In 2005, she founded The Chicago Mosaic School the first and only Not-For-Profit school for Mosaic Arts Education outside of Europe. She is President Emeritus of The Society of American Mosaic Artists, teaches and lectures internationally and is a sought after curator of contemporary mosaic exhibitions. She exhibits her own artwork in venues both here and abroad. She was awarded first prize in the Prix Picassiette International Exhibition in 2014. In 2015, her work "TEN" was acquired by The Museum of Bibical Art, Dallas Texas for their permanent collection. Her work can be seen in public and private collections around the world.