Florida native, Carrie Alter earned a BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design where she studied Drawing and Painting. Additionally, Alter received a BA in Art History at the University of Tampa and an MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill. She went on to teach foundations at Elon University, held a visiting lecturer position in the Art Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, taught at Elon University and Meredith College. She is now the Art Instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM).
Alter takes a philosophical approach to her own art. The “jocular macabre” within all her work reveals the primal qualities of the human condition and addresses the absurd and existential relationships formed and shared with “the animal within,” playing to our animalistic instincts. She believes it is the eternal cages we are born within that set the boundaries of our condition and create the illusion of freedom. Her paintings are ominous reminders of our own vulnerability.
Working in her Chapel Hill home, Alter is primarily an oil painter. Her work has been in both nationally curated exhibitions and internationally juried shows.