Karen Gustafson Studios
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

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 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


Normandale Faculty Art Exhibition

August 19 – Sept. 15
Reception on Monday, September 8th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Two of my music inspired drawings are in this exhibition. Come see the amazing work created by my fellow colleagues.

Fine Arts Gallery


Raw to Processed

A solo exhibition featuring my Raw to Processed series including four new drawings that I completed on my recent sabbatical. It will be in Normandale's Fine Arts Gallery November 20th - December 17th, 2014. Check back for reception date and time.
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
Recent Exhibitions

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.

Open Studio Events
Come see the artwork in person! Studio #374

First Thursdays
I will not be open for first Thursdays until February 2015. Please contact me if you would like to visit the studio. I will be open for Art Attack!

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!

Friday, November 7 from 5:00-10:00 PM
Saturday, November 8 from Noon – 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 9 from Noon – 5:00 PM

Art-A-Whirl

Art-A-Whirl takes place annually in Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public.





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

I look forward to seeing you!
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!