• The Art of Labor

    Excited to have three free-motion embroidered drawings in the upcoming Surface Design Association exhibition, The Art of Labor at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The exhibit is on view from July 22 - October 14, 2018. Opening reception on July 22nd.

    San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

    The Art of Labor

  • Food & Fibers Project

    Honored to be included in the Food & Fibers Project article, WOMEN ARTISTS AND CHEFS COME TOGETHER TO LOOK AT FOOD THROUGH TEXTILES


  • 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. Hope to see you this weekend! Studio #374.

    Friday, May 18th - 5:00-10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 19th - Noon-8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, May 20th - Noon-5:00 p.m. (I'll be closing at 4 pm)

    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!

  • Artists in the Kitchen

    50 works by women artists inspired by 50 women chefs & restaurateurs
    March 21 – May 19, 2018
    Thursday, March 29, 5:30 – 7 pm ~ Public Reception
    Textile Center

    Beginning December 27, 2017, 50 all-women artist/chef-restaurateur teams met to join forces in an innovative partnership whereby chefs are inspiring the artists to produce new artworks, culminating in the exhibition, Artists in the Kitchen.

    Recognizing the abundance of local culinary and visual art talent of Twin Cities-area women, “this invitational exhibition forges a new partnership that celebrates the work of women artists in both the art studio and culinary worlds.”— Artists in the Kitchen Organizers.

    My partner is Jenny Ellenbecker of Round Lake Vineyards and Winery.

    Jenny and I met over tea to discuss her work as a vintner and owner of Round Lake Vineyards and Winery. Through our conversation, I became engaged with the various growth stages of grapes within a season. I was inspired to further investigate and understand a grapevine’s cycle. The free-motion embroidered drawing created for Artists in the Kitchen captures and highlights select seasonal changes of grapevines including winter dormancy, to spring budburst, to summer fruit set, and fall harvest.

    More information about the exhibition Artists in the Kitchen

    Artists in the Kitchen reception

  • Surface|Tension

    Please join us for the opening reception of Surface|Tension at Bridgewater Lofts in Minneapolis this Thursday, February 15th, from 6 - 8 pm. I'm excited to be included in this exhibition with the following artists: David Baer . Barbara Bend . Laura Hallen. Farida Hughes . Dan Mather . Mary Meuwissen . Kathy Mommsen . Kevin Peters . Robert Jackson . Matthew Rucker . Mary Ann Morgan . and Dan Wein. My full Raw to Processed series will be on exhibit.

    Surface Tension Exhibition & Reception

    Surface|Tension is on exhibit from February 15th - June 8th, 2018

  • Foraging for Sustenance
    An exhibition by Karen Gustafson
    Embroidered botanical drawings, along with related ancient herbals and domestic recipe books, from the Andersen Horticultural Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine collections, will be on exhibit to commemorate and provide a contemporary perspective on De Materia Medica, an ancient pharmacological text, by Dioscorides. An Artist Talk, open to the public, will provide an overview of how the project evolved and Gustafson’s drawing process.

    Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
    September 8, 2017 - February 26, 2018
    Artist Talk & Reception: September 19, 2017 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm

    Foraging for Sustenance: An exhibition by Karen Gustafson Continuum: News and Events from University Libraries

    2017 Artist Initiative Grant Recipient

    Karen Gustafson is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

  • SciArt Collection Exhibition

    Excited to be included in the Inaugural virtual exhibition of SciArt Collection Artists.

    "Li - a concept found in Neo-Confucian Chinese philosophy - refers to the order of nature reflected in its organic forms and patterning. Quite literally, “li” means the markings in jade or the fibers in muscle tissue. We see this patterning in the movement of water, the forms of trees and clouds, the structures of neurons and cells, and in the galaxies of outer space.

    For our inaugural Collection exhibition the following selected works from SciArt artists have found creative inspiration from li. Our artists explore this elusive yet identifiable organic structuring on micro and macro levels. The natural world and its inherent ability to continually awe, amaze, and inspire the human soul is translated through these incredible works of art."

    SciArt Collection Exhibition

  • SciArt Collection

    Incredibly honored to be part of SciArt Center's SciArt Collection. They represent select emerging and professional artists that engage scientific ideas through their work. Take a look at the artists represented by SciArt Center based in and around New York City.

    SciArt Collection

  • SPUN Fiber Exhibit

    Thank you to Dr Linda Wolk-Simon, Director and Chief Curator of the Fairfield University Art Museum in Fairfield, Connecticut, for selecting my work to be included in the 2016 SPUN Fiber Exhibit held at the NEST Arts Factory Gallery in Bridgeport, CT. Sept 10 - Oct 3, 2016.

    SPUN Fiber Exhibit

  • Thank you to Himmelfarb Gallery and the Maryland University of Integrative Health's Integrating Health: A Wellness Blog for this thoughtful article on my Raw to Processed exhibition!

    Himmelfarb Gallery Exhibit: Raw to Processed

  • Maryland University of Integrative Health

    The "Raw to Processed" series is in a solo exhibition 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

  • 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

    ABOUT 3%

    Until The 3% Movement came along, only 3% of all U.S. Creative Directors were women. In a world where women influence upwards of 80% of consumer spending and 60% of social media sharing, this is business suicide. Through a mix of content, community and professional development, we've helped raise the number of female CDs to 11% while giving agencies a clear road map of ways to champion female creative talent and leadership. Our movement includes a 2-day annual fall conference, one-day MiniCons in cities around the world, a vibrant online community, a live Super Bowl Tweetup, a student scholarship fund, a business blog and more.

    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!

  • *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!