The Beginning of Everything: An Exhibition of Drawings
January 21 – March 28, 2020
When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything. Ellsworth Kelly
Drawing is, in many ways, the most versatile of all artistic mediums. It can serve as the beginning of an idea, the beginning of a more ambitious project, or the beginning of a completed artwork unto itself. Because drawing is so elemental, so direct, such a primary means of expression, it is cherished for its immediate and intimate access to the possibilities of creative expression.
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota will present The Beginning of Everything: An Exhibition of Drawings, January 21 – March 28, 2020. This group exhibition will survey a broad range of approaches to drawing, and include works from a wide variety of geographies, time periods, and esthetic perspectives.
The exhibition includes works by Edgar Arcenaux, Leslie Barlow, Circle of Federico Barocci, Hannelore Baron, Harriet Bart, Robert Bechtle, Kim Beck, Hazel Belvo, Sadie Benning, Melissa Cooke Benson, Frank Big Bear, Judith Bernstein, Rachel Breen, James Boyd Brent, Andrea Carlson, Rebecca Clark, Robert Cottingham, J.M. Culver, Stephanie DeArmond, Jim Denomie, Mary Esch, Jacob El Hanani, David Feinberg, Carole Fisher, Sheila Ghidini, Michela Griffo, Karen Gustafson, Maiya Lea Hartman, Carmen Herrera, Jim Hittinger, Larassa Kabel, Shana Kaplow, Caitlin Karolczak, Imi Knoebel, Anne Lindberg, Kristen Lowe, Joyce Lyon, Kevin Martin, Henri Matisse, Ana Mendieta, Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Clarence Morgan, Stuart Nielsen, Gwen Partin, Lamar Peterson, Sonja Peterson, Raymond Pettibon, Zilia Sánchez, Kristen Sanders, Megan Scheffer, John Schuerman, Lauren Seiden, Amy Sillman, Joe Sinness, Laura Stack, Nancy Spero, Priya Thoreson, Tonja Torgerson, Jonathan Thunder, Jack Tworkov, Amanda Valdez, Aaron van Dyke, Megan Vossler, Russ White, Dyani White Hawk, Cosmo Whyte, Francis Yellow, Jack Youngerman, Mathew Zefeldt, and others to be announced.
The exhibition is curated by Howard Oransky, Director and Teréz Iacovino, Assistant Curator of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art
Department of Art,
University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue S.,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Beyond the Surface
St. Louis Artists’ Guild hosts Surface Design Association’s “Beyond the Surface” members’ exhibition on view at the Artists’ Guild September 20-October 23, 2019.
Jurors for this exhibit were Jo Stealey, fiber artist, Chair, Art Department, University of Missouri School of Visual Studies, Columbia, MO and Jim Arendt, Assistant Professor, Gallery Director, Coastal Carolina University.
The 48 featured artists in this exhibit include SDA members Jessica Wildman Katz, George-Ann Bowers, Kate Barber, Roz Ritter, Ann Clarke, Susan Hensel, Gretchen Morrissey, Karen Gustafson, Anette Millington, Marie Bergstedt, Steve Donegan, Ann Coddington, Dorothy McGuinness, Ruth Tabancay, Dong Kyu Kim, Michael Rohde, Deborah Kruger, Nanhee Kim, Hale Ekinci, Judy Bales, Connie Lippert, Lily Lee, Jennifer Davies, Leslie Simon, Melinda K.P. Stees, Susan Avila, Alexander Hernandez, Faith Hagenhofer, Helen Geglio, Margaret Jo Feldman, Chris Motley, Eva Camacho, Saberah Malik, Victoria Potrovitza, Marie Fornaro, Catherine Reinhart, Raija Jokinen, Barbara De Pirro, Amy Sands, Marie McInerney, Jenn McNamara, Xia Gao, Frances Parry, Christine Aaron, April Dauscha, Kathy Nida, Astrid Hilger Bennett and Jennie Frederick.
A special free reception will be held Thursday, October 3, time 5-8 p.m. in honor of SDA’s “Beyond the Surface” Conference in St. Louis October 3-6, 2019.
This exhibit is free & open to the public T-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Beyond the Surface Exhibition
Forces of Nature
This exhibition features nature and environmentally inspired painting, drawing, and printmaking. Other participating artists include Emily Arthur, Shannon Estlund, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Karen Gustafson, Eleanor McGough and Joanne Price.
Forces of Nature
September 4th—September 27th
Gallery 101, University of Wisconsin (River Falls, WI)
Opening Reception: Friday, September 27, 4:30—7:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Friday, September 27, 4:30
Monday - Thursday, 2 - 7 pm
Friday, 11 am - 7 pm
A huge thank you to KIRA - Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts! I am excited and honored to be one of six residents, for the month of July, at Kingsbrae Gardens, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada!
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 17th - 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18th - Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th - Noon-5:00 p.m.
I look forward to seeing you!
Sioux City Art Center Selects
March 23 - June 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 5 to 7 pm
I am incredibly honored to be selected as one of eight artists to represent the upper Midwest in the exhibition Sioux City Art Center Selects.
The Artist Experience, March 23rd from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
A presentation by each artist will focus on the development of their ideas, process, and how that development has translated into artistic and professional success. The Artist Experience culminates in a round-table conversation moderated by Todd Behrens, Curator, Sioux City Art Center, IA.
Sioux City Art Center Selects
BLOOM: A COLLECTION OF INVITED & JURIED ARTISTS
Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA
January 15th to February 21, 2019
Opening Reception: Monday, January 28th, 5-7pm
Three of my free-motion embroidered drawings are included in this innovative exhibit featuring artists working in a variety of media and showing a great range of experimentation in the material process.
The Secret Life of Books
Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, University of MN, Minneapolis.
Two of Gustafson’s drawings are featured in the exhibition, The Secret Life of Books. The exhibit is on view from September 2018 through December 2019 and highlights scholars and artists who have used the library’s collection for research and inspiration in their work.
Karen Gustafson: Botany as Metaphor for Diversity
Thank you Margo Ashmore for featuring my work in arts INSIGHTS, a page about artists and the Arts at Work by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in collaboration with the Northeaster.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Honored to be included in
THE CONSILIENCE OF ART AND SCIENCE exhibition
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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!
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."
University of MN Alumni Association
Pleased to be included in the University of MN Alumni Association video by Dale Bluestein
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Many thanks to MRAC, the Next Step Panelists, and The McKnight Foundation for their support.
Thanks to Symbiartic - the Scientific American science-art blog for including me in their list of Science Artists.
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.
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
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.
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!
Art Attack takes place annually in the historic Northrup King Building.
Visual artworks of over 300 visual artists will be on display, along with the sounds of a variety of singer/songwriters and composers . Put on your walking shoes and allow plenty of time to explore the 4 floors of the Northrup King Building, talk with the artists, listen to the music and try your hand at an interactive art activity.
This event is free and open to the public.
Hope to see you this weekend! Studio #374.
Friday, November 2nd: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 3rd: noon-8:00 pm
Sunday, November 4th: noon-5:00 pm
I look forward to seeing you!