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Kamila Glowacki is a musician, artist, and museum educator based in Champaign, Illinois.

She holds a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is the Education Coordinator at Krannert Art Museum (KAM). In 2023, she received the ‘Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award’ from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is the Illinois Art Education Association‘s ‘Illinois Museum Educator of the Year.’ She was named the ‘Best Music Scene Ambassador of the Decade’ by Smile Politely in 2019 and awarded 40 North’s ‘Student Arts, Culture, and Education Award’ in 2017.

Kamila has been a museum educator at KAM for nine years, designing and leading tours and programs for audiences spanning Pre-K through senior adults. Her experience as a musician and visual artist in the Central Illinois DIY/punk music scene is at the core of her work in museum education and community engagement. From this multidisciplinary approach, she conceived and organized ‘Art Remastered’ — an annual live music event in which local musicians perform creative responses to artworks on display at KAM. With her colleague Ishita Dharap, she co-created ‘Rest Lab,’ a recurring pop-up space at the museum designed for resting with intention. Most recently, she led the creation and teaching of a year-long outreach partnership with Booker T. Washington STEM Academy 4th Graders involving weekly visits to the school or museum, collaborations with local artists, an exhibition of student work, and a culminating parade performance.

Kamila’s indie punk band, Nectar, exists as her main songwriting outlet. Nectar’s sophomore album, ‘No Shadow’ was released in 2022 via Lauren Records and captures a "wonderfully infectious sense of breezy, distorted joy…where blissful harmonies meet pealing riffs and major-chord sweetness" (The AV Club).

Kamila’s drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures has been featured in the Polish Museum of America and NPR Illinois. She is an experienced illustrator and designer of album artwork, T-shirts, posters, and various other merchandise for clients including Polyvinyl Records and Girls Rock! Champaign-Urbana.

© Kamila Glowacki 2023