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Karen Aqua, RIP

Karen Aqua

New England independent filmmaker and Sesame Street animator Karen Aqua (b. 1954) passed away a couple days ago following a ten year battle with cancer. Michael Sporn’s Splog has a memorial blog post with comments from a who’s who of indie animation including Joanna Priestley, Skip Battaglia, Janet Perlman, Kathy Rose, Ruth Lingford, Candy Kugel, and Paul Glabicki, among many others.

  • So sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Karen a few weeks ago very briefly when her doctors said it was OK for her to attend a show at ICA Boston at which one of her works was being shown. She was clearly very happy to be around her family and fellow artists. I heard through a friend that her passing was peaceful and that she was able to go down to the ocean before she died, which was something she had wanted to do one last time.

    Though I only met her once, I am glad i got to meet her.

  • davidbfain

    Very sad news indeed. Karen was a great artist and genuinely nice person.

    I have been trying to access the memorial blog for the last few days without success. Anyone else having the same problem?

  • davidbfain

    Actually might be the web filter at work, doesn’t like “Sporn” I have a feeling. Will try and access from home.

  • Alex Lattanzi

    Wow, I met her last fall when she came and visited the Delaware College of Art and Design where I was taking an animation course. She gave a general lecture and then came back to the animation classroom and answered questions. She was a very kind woman and even gave us each an animation drawing of hers from one of her Sesame Street animations! She will definitely be missed.

  • Jeff Simonetta

    Karen visited our university back in 2009. She left quite an impression on us with her energetic and enthusiastic personality. She loved what she did and it was inspiring to know that someone out there was teaching very young children about how to make and appreciate animation.

  • Karen was amazing; artist, teacher, inspiration to a bunch of folks in the industry balancing art and profession.
    She’ll be sorely missed.