Kari Lonning graduated from Syracuse University, intending to become a jeweler. She majored in ceramics with a minor in textiles—but soon decided to devote herself completely to basketweaving. Since 1973, she has been an independent artist, supporting herself through the sale of her works and through teaching. In 1987, Lonning was designated a Master Craftswoman by the Society of Connecticut Craftsmen. Her work is represented by Brown-Grotta of Wilton, Connecticut, and Sanora Collins Gallery of Birmingham, Michigan.
White House Collection of American Crafts exhibition (Washington D.C.: National Museum of American Art, 1995)