Karen Gustafson Studios

Art-A-Whirl takes place annually in Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you this weekend! Studio #374.

Friday, May 20th - 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st - Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22nd - Noon-5:00 p.m.

Art-A-Whirl Info
Northrup King Building

If you are unable to attend or prefer an individual showing, please call me 612.360.4275.

I look forward to seeing you!
Maryland University of Integrative Health

The "Raw to Processed" series will be in a solo exhibition this summer at Himmelfarb Gallery, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD, from June 16 to September 10, 2016. Opening Reception, June 16th from 5 - 7:30 pm. If you are in the area, please join us!

Himmelfarb Gallery

I'm excited to have three "Raw to Processed" drawing diptychs included in the TEDxMinneapolisSalon Spring 2016: Reap & Sow on Friday, April 1st, 2016 at The Bachelor Farmer. Reap & Sow focuses on repairing and reestablishing the relationships between food, farming, and the community. Each speaker, artist, and experience at TEDxMinneapolis is inspired by Minnesota's food story, and its impact on our city and the world.

TEDxMinneapolisSalon Spring 2016: Reap & Sow
Honored to be included in
January 19 - February 28, 2016
Reception: Friday, February 12, 6-9 PM | AWARDS: 7:30 PM

In conjunction with the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion program, the Pence unveils the 4th biannual multi-media display of work by thirty-three artists on the fusion of art and science. Juried by Shih-Wen Young, a Sacramento physicist and installation artist, and Sharon Bladholm, a Chicago-based sculptor.

The Consilience of Art and Science Exhibition and Artists
Open Studio Events
Come see the artwork in person! Studio #374

First Thursdays
Join us for open studios and galleries in the Northrup King Building the first Thursday of every month.
5 - 9 pm

Art Attack

Art Attack is an annual open studio and gallery crawl at the Northrup King Building, in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. The event is free and open to the public. I will be open, stop on by and say hi!

Art Attack Info

Attend one of the above events, or set up an individual appointment by calling 612.360.4275.

I look forward to seeing you!
Sustainable Acts Exhibition

The Institute on the Environment presents SUSTAINABLE ACTS, an exhibition devoted to the intersection of the arts and sciences. Awarded an Institute on the Environment mini-grant, and supported by additional contributions, this project continues to explore the conversation between artist and scientist which began 3 yrs ago with the project CONVERSATION-E a dialogue in service for sustainability. I am honored to have one of my "Raw to Processed" drawings (carrot) in this exhibition.

October 22, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Location: Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, 1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108

Sustainable Acts Artists & Info
Joel Carter & Karen Gustafson: Art, Science, and the Natural World
October 2 through November 10, 2015
Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, 210 Rapson Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2nd, 5 -7 pm - all welcome!

This exhibition features the work of two local artists whose photographs and drawings are inspired by nature and science. It is a companion exhibit to Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth’s Embrace, a joint exhibition of art devoted to the intersection of the arts and sciences with participating venues including the Institute on the Environment, Instinct Gallery, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Continuum-News & Events from University Libraries
A Review of Karen Gustafson's "Intersections," PRX Radio

A heartfelt thank you to Alauna Yust of PRX Northern Community Radio for her review of my exhibition at Bemidji State University.

Review of Intersections
In Focus Lakeland Public Television

Very honored that Lakeland Public Television highlighted my "Intersections" exhibit at Talley Gallery in their "In Focus" series. Many thanks to Mary Kielar for producing the segment!

In Focus Feature
Intersections at Talley Gallery

For those in the Bemidji area, my show, "Intersections" is at Talley Gallery, Bemidji State University, until September 24th. A wonderful place to exhibit and a true pleasure meeting so many interesting individuals at the opening. I've included an article BSU posted about the gallery and exhibit.

Bemidji State University Intersections
3% Conference, Minneapolis

I am pleased to be part of the 3% Conference in Minneapolis on September 9, 2015 as a panel member on "Stoking Your Creativity." "Hear how creative leaders and artists keep their inspiration alive and continually drive themselves to new levels of original thought."

3% Conference, Minneapolis


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3% Conference Website
Talley Gallery

Intersections, a solo exhibition featuring drawings from my Music and Raw to Processed series will be on view from August 27th - September 24th, 2015 at Talley Gallery, Bemidji State University. Opening reception and artist talk will take place on Thursday, August 27th from 12 - 3 pm. All are welcome to attend. It would be wonderful to see you!

Talley Gallery website
Wellcome Images

Drawings, resource images, and false colored images from my Raw to Processed series are now part of Wellcome Images, part of Wellcome Trust, London, UK. I am very honored to be included in this incredible collection.

"Wellcome Images is one of the Wellcome Library's major visual collections. Part of Wellcome Collection, a major new 30 million public venue developed by the Wellcome Trust, the Library has over 750,000 books and journals, an extensive range of manuscripts, archives and films, and more than 250,000 paintings, prints and drawings.

Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science."

Wellcome Images
University of MN Alumni Association

Pleased to be included in the University of MN Alumni Association video by Dale Bluestein

University of MN Alumni Association Video
FEAST: pleasure + hunger + ritual

I'm excited to have my work in the exhibition entitled, FEAST: pleasure + hunger + ritual curated by Becky Alley, Lexington Art League (LAL) Curator. The exhibit is at the LAL Galleries at the Loudoun House, Lexington, KY. Exhibit is on view from May 22 to August 9, 2015. Opening reception is May 22nd.

Lexington Art League: FEAST: pleasure + hunger + ritual
Issues in Science and Technology

SciArt Center's virtual exhibition Un-Natural Nature is featured in the journal Issues in Science and Technology. I am honored to have two of my drawings included with several other SciArt Center members who are part of this exhibition.

Winter 2015 Issue
Raw to Processed

This solo exhibition features my Raw to Processed series, including four new diptychs completed on my recent sabbatical. Fine Arts Gallery, Normandale College, December 11, 2014 - February 13, 2015. Artist Talk: January 22nd at 6 pm. Reception: January 29th, 5:30 - 7 pm.

Fine Arts Gallery, Normandale College

Un-Natural Nature

Opening Reception, Sept. 19th, 7 - 9 p.m. at Eastwood, Lower East Side, NYC

I am honored to have three of my Raw to Processed drawing diptychs included in this virtual exhibition juried by Danielle Kalamaras.

"Nature today is a push and pull between preservation and expansion. As urban sprawl continues to domineer, the organic world is transitioning from a natural occurrence to a corralled phenomenon. The man-made world reorients our perception and nature is becoming less organic, and more mediated. As nature gives way to the man-made jungle, how does this affect our reflection of the Sublime? Un-Natural Nature will explore the ever-changing landscapes of a 21st century world." Danielle Kalamaras

Un-Natural Nature catalogue

SciArt in America Interview

Read Danielle Kalamaras' interview regarding my work in SciArt Center's current virtual exhibition, 'Un-Natural Nature' at SciArt in America's blog.

2014 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Next Step Grant Recipient

Many thanks to MRAC, the Next Step Panelists, and The McKnight Foundation for their support.
Scientific American

Thanks to Symbiartic - the Scientific American science-art blog for including me in their list of Science Artists.

Symbiartic SciArt List
NOISE & whispers
GV Art Gallery, London, England

Two of my music influenced drawings, Dust & Water and Plenty, were in the exhibition, NOISE & whispers at GV Art Gallery in London.

"NOISE & whispers considers the fusion of sound, art and science by bringing together the work of over 30 contemporary artists. From the earliest revelation that objects make noise, through to the complex digital sound manipulations of today, artists have embraced new discoveries to create works impossible in previous generations."

Curated by sound artist, Martin A. Smith.

Here is a link to the gallery, exhibition, and online catalogue GV Art London

About Space/Contemporary Abstraction
University of Wisconsin, River Falls' 101 Gallery

Three of my Raw to Processed Food series drawings were included in the exhibition About Space/Contemporary Abstraction at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls' 101 Gallery. This three-person exhibition also featured Betsy Byers and Zoe Shulman.

MN Creates
I am honored to be included in the inaugural MN Creates, an exhibition of Minnesota artists who have received grants from the MN State Arts Board. The exhibition will be on display at the State Capitol and State Office Building during the 2014 legislative session. MN Creates Website

Camille Gage, MN Creates project director
Rachel Breen and Rosemary Kimball, MN Creates project organizers

Works on Paper / 7 Artists
Burnet Gallery at Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

Burnet Gallery
Exhibition Artwork

Food for Thought: Recent Work by Karen Gustafson & David Luke
Art Gallery, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Featured on NYC-ARTS

I am incredibly honored to have my work featured on the PBS program NYC-ARTS. Thank you to all who had a part in this. Hosts are Philippe de Montebello, former Metropolitan Museum of Art Director, and Paula Zahn, network news veteran.

National Arts Initiative
My MN Original video was selected for the 1st arts content sharing initiative by WNET (PBS) in New York. The arts package, including arts and entertainment video segments, was distributed to 25 PBS stations across the nation in the following states: New York, California, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Indiana, Florida, Texas, and Michigan.
MN Original
I'm honored to be featured on MN Original

The segment features an interview with me and footage of my studio and working process. It aired on Twin Cities Public Television’s (tpt) weekly art series, MN Original from June 24, 2012 – July 3, 2012. And online anytime!