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Karen Carson

Karen Carson painting in the studio.

Karen Carson was born in Corvallis, OR, received her B.A. in 1966 from the University of Oregon and her M.F.A. from UCLA in 1971. In 1994 she was an artist in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She began exhibiting in 1969 at the Atheneum Gallery, CalTech, Pasadena and Cirrus Gallery in 1973-1977. She first exhibited at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in 1979 and continues to the present. A 25 Year Survey of her paintings was held at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 1996. She has exhibited at the Pomona College Museum of Art’s Project Series; an exhibition, “Movers and Shapers: Combines, Tractors and Swathers by Karen Carson,” at Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater; and “Canvas Constructions: Karen Carson and Allan McCollum,” Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at San Diego Museum of Fine Arts; San Francisco Museum of Art; Pasadena Art Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art; Newport Harbor Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Fort Worth Art Museum; Brooke Alexander, NY; McNay Institute, San Antonio; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Fisher Gallery, USC; Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo and Tsukashin Hall, Osaka; Bill Maynes Gallery, NY; Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria and numerous others.

Carson was a tenured assistant professor at CalState Northridge; a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara, Otis College of Art & Design, Claremont Graduate School, UCLA, UC Irvine, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and a tenured Assoc. Professor at UC Santa Barbara. She has received numerous awards including Young Talent Award from LA Municipal Art Gallery; Purchase Awards from Western Washington College, Bellingham, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Mt San Antonio College; Mitchell Gallery, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Painting Fellowship, an NEA grant, the J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship, and a Research grant from UC Santa Barbara. Carson lives in Venice, CA and Big Timber, Montana.

Karen Carson’s artworks are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and the Long Beach Museum of Art.

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KAREN CARSON

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

1943    Born, Corvallis, Oregon.

1966    B.A., University of Oregon.

1971    M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles.

1994    Artist in Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

Lives in Los Angeles & Big Timber, Montana.

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

1969    Atheneum Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

1973     Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.

1976    Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.

1977    Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.

1979    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1980    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1981    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1982    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1984    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1985    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1987    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1988    "Abstract Narcissism," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1989    "Spiritual Vanities," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1990    "Hot Flashes - Dangerous Drawings,” Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1991    "A Time and a Place for Everything," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1992    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1994    Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, brochure.

            "Simple Lessons, Easy Pieces," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1996    "Art From the Heart," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

            "But Enough About Me," a three-venue exhibition, organized by Anne Ayres

            “The Language of Space," Otis Gallery, Los Angeles.

            "It's A Small World," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.

            "Karen Carson: A 25-Year Survey, Santa Monica Museum of Art

             curated by Noriko Gamblin, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York.

1997    Crockett Rodeo, Seattle, Washington.

            Bill Maynes Gallery, New York.

1998    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

2001    "Making the Seen," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica. 2004    

            “Putting Out Fires,” Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica

2005    Pomona College Museum of Art, Project Series, Claremont, CA

2007    “Ride the Wind,” Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

2010    "Let's Face the Music and Dance," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica

2011    “La Condition Humaine,” Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

2013    Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica.

2015    “Movers and Shakers: Combines, Tractors, and Swathers by Karen Carson,”

            Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater, OK.

2020    GAVLAK, Los Angeles

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

1963    "Northwest Printmakers' Annual," Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.

1964    "Oregon Annual Painting Exhibition," Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon.

1969    "Los Angeles '69," Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles.

1970    "New Talent, Los Angeles," Auspices of Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, San Pedro Gallery, CA.

          "11 Young Sculptors," Mt. San Antonio College Gallery, Walnut, California.

          "Eighth Annual Small Sculpture and Drawing Exhibition," San Diego Museum of Fine Arts, San Diego.

          "Seventh Annual Small Sculpture and Drawing Exhibition," Western Washington State College, Bellingham.

          "Eighth Annual Southern California Exhibition," Long Beach (Purchase Prize).

1971   "San Francisco Centennial Exhibition," San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco.

           "Southern Illinois Centennial Years," Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Purchase Award).

1972   "Fifteen Los Angeles Artists," Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena.

          "21 Artists: Visible/Invisible," Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach.

          "32nd Annual Exhibition for the Society of Contemporary Art," Chicago Art Institute, Chicago.

          "California Women Painters," Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, The Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, CA.

          "Soft Sculpture," Brand Art Center, Glendale, CA.

          "The Wall Object," La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA.

          "Drawings," Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.

1973  "Carson, O'Shea, Trowbridge," 118 Gallery, Minneapolis.

          "Recent Drawings/California," Long Beach City College, Long Beach.

          "Some California Artists," The Gallery of the Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, MO.

          "Young American Graphics," Loyola University, Los Angeles and Hamburg, Germany.

1974   "Exprint," Libra Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.

           "Sixteen Los Angeles Women Artists," Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA, catalogue.

1975   "Drawings," Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA, catalogue.

           "North, East, West, South and Middle (American Drawings)," Moore College of Art, Philadelphia; Pratt Graphics Center,

           New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX;

            La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA.

           "Drawings," Dootson-Calderhead Gallery, Seattle.

           "Graphics-Cirrus," Van Stratten Gallery, Chicago. "Paintings," John Doyle Gallery, Chicago.

           "Cirrus Graphics," Santa Barbara Center for Graphics, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

           "Drawings," Brooke Alexander, New York.

1976   "Contemporary Masters," Libra Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.

           "Artists, West L.A.," Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica.

           "American Artists '76, A Celebration," Marion K. McNay Institute, San Antonio, TX, catalogue.

1977   "Six Faculty Artists," California State University, Northridge.

           "Current Concerns," University of Iowa, Fine Arts Gallery, Iowa City.

1978   "A Point of View," Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

           "L.A. Women Narrations," Mandeville Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego.

           "Group Exhibition," Libra Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.

1979   "L.A. Drawing Show," University of New Mexico Art Gallery, Albuquerque.

           "Los Angeles -Toronto Exchange," A.C.T., Toronto, with Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art.

1980   "Contemporaries: 17 Artists," Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, catalogue.

           "New Work," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1981   "Decade: Los Angeles Painting in the '70s," Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, catalogue.

           "Abstractions," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco.

            "The Museum as Site: Sixteen Projects," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, catalogue.

            "Professor's Choice," Lang Gallery, Scripps College, The Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA.

1982    "Drawings by Painters," Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, catalogue.

            "L.A. Art: An Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings," Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan and

             Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles.

            "Recent Acquisitions from the Collection of Robert A. Rowan," Art Center School of Design, Pasadena.

            "New Work," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

            "Theatrical Abstraction," Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles.

1983    "Summer Show," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

            "The First Show," The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, catalogue.

            "Group Exhibition," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1984    "Watercolors: A Contemporary Survey," University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego.

1985    "Sunshine and Shadow: Recent Painting in Southern California," Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California

            "Karen Carson, Janet Cooling, Amanda Farber, Gillian Theobald," Patty Aande Gallery, San Diego.

1987    "The Years of Passage: 1969-1975," Fresno Arts Center and Museum, Fresno, CA.

            "Group Exhibition," Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.

            "Perpetual Motion," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, catalogue.

1988    "New Works on Paper," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1989    "The Pasadena Armory Show," The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, catalogue.

1990    "Past & Present - Selected Works by Gallery Artists," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

1991    "Individual Realities," Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo and Tsukashin Hall, Osaka, Japan.

            "Quick Coagulation Forms The August Corpse," Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles.

            "Addictions," Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, catalogue.

1992    "Bedroom Eyes Room with a View," California State University, Fullerton, catalogue.

            "LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition," Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, catalogue.

            "Tattoo Collection," Air de Paris, Urbi Orbi, Paris.

1993    "The Contemporary Psychedelic Experience," Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Orange, CA.

            "L.A. STORIES," Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles.

            "the elegant, irreverent & obsessive: DRAWING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA," Visual Arts Center,

             California State University, Fullerton.

           "BACKTALK," Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara.

           "L.A. Next," curated by Annette Carlozzi, Contemporary Arts Council, New Orleans.

1994    "Love in the Ruins," curated by Noriko Gamblin, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, catalogue.

            "Pen and Ink," curated by Michael Darling, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara.

            "Balls," Newspace, Los Angeles.

            "Romance," curated by Irit Krygier, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

1995    "Flowers," curated Irit Krygier, Boritzer/Gray/Hamano, Santa Monica.

            "Selections from the Robert A. Rowan Trust Collection," Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery,

             Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

            "Eye Tattooed America," Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.

            "From L.A. With Love," Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris.

            "La Demande esta en Barata," Galeria OMR, Mexico City.

             "LA," Guerra Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City.

            "Sentimental Extremes," Bill Maynes Gallery, New York.

            "Bread," Airport Terminal, San Francisco.

            "Lotus Motel Show," Lotus Motel, Inglewood, CA.

1996    "Made in L.A.: The Prints of Cirrus Editions," Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

            "Drawn from L.A.," Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

            "Sentimental Extremes," Bill Maynes Gallery, New York.

1997    “Four Los Angeles Artists,” Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney International, Sydney, Australia.

            “Beauty is the Beast,” Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV.

1998    "Pop Abstraction," curated by Sid Sachs, Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania

             Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

1999    "Radical Past: Art and Music in Pasadena, 1960-74," Norton Simon Museum,

             Armory Center for the Arts, and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

2000    "The Big G Stands for Goodness: Corita Kent's 1960s POP," curated by Michael Duncan,

             Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles.

           "100 Rooms, 100 Artists; The Spurgeon Experience," Raid Projects, Santa Ana, California.

            "12 Divas," curated by Dextra Frankel, Molly Barnes Gallery, Santa Monica.

2001    "The L.A. Scene," Numark Gallery, Washington, D.C.

            "The Importance of Being Earnest," curated by Michael Duncan, Occidental College, Los Angeles.

            “The Magic Hour: Die Konvergenz Von Kunst und Las Vegas,” curated by Alex Farquharson, Neue Galerie

             at the Künstlerhaus, Burgring, Graz, Austria.

2002    “Parallels and Intersections: Art/Women/California 1950-2000,” curated by Diana Fuller,

             San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California.

            “Post-Cool,” curated by Michael Duncan, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

            “Curators’ Choice,” McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX.

2004    “Beyond Geometry,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, catalogue, curated by Lynn Zelevansky.

            “MCCF View & Vote,” The Marian Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX.

2005    “Contemporary Soliloquies on the Natural World:  Karen Carson, Merion Estes, Constance Mallinson,

             Margaret Nielsen, and Takako Yamaguchi,” Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, catalogue.

2006    “Plainer: A Contemporary Take on Landscape,” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA.

            “Driven to Abstraction,” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.

2009    “Is This The Real Life?” Galerie Califia, Horazdovice, Czech Republic, curated by Phyllis Green.

2010    “Side By Side,” The Colburn School, Los Angeles, exhib. of artists’ portraits by Wayne Shimabukuro

             and artworks by each artist, (catalog).

2011    “Under the Big Black Sun,” MOCA, Los Angeles, CA (catalog). 2014    

            “The Avant-Garde Collection,” OCMA, Newport Beach, CA

            “Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley CA. 1970-1990”, California State University, Northridge Galleries,

             Northridge, CA, curated by Damon Willick.

             "Canvas Constructions"   Karen Carson and Allan McCollum, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.  

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

1972 - 1977    Assistant Professor, tenured, California State University, Northridge

1985 - 1986    Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara

1989               Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design Lecturer,

                       Art Center College of Design Lecturer, Claremont Graduate School

1987 - 1993    Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles

1986 - 1995    Lecturer, University of California, Irvine

1994 - 1995    Lecturer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

1995 - 1999    Associate Professor, tenured, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

 

AWARDS

 

1969    Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Young Talent Award

1970    Western Washington College, Bellingham, Purchase Award

            Long Beach Museum of Art, Purchase Award

1972    Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA, Purchase Award

1972    Mitchell Gallery, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Purchase Award

1981    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Painting Fellowship

1985    National Endowment for the Arts Grant

1994    The J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship administered by the California Community Foundation.

1996    Research Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

 

PROJECTS

 

1977    Billboard, located at Santa Monica & La Cienega Blvds, Los Angeles, (drawing: 17 x 50').

1996    Levi’s commercial (artwork featured), H.S.I., New York, Los Angeles

            New York Art Pick, http://www.art.icons.com

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