Karen Adrienne

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Karen Adrienne is a multidisciplinary artist whose work investigates transition and transformation. As she describes her work: “My ongoing relationship with nature flattens out into planes of color, mark and movement. An underlying structure holds my delicate emotional attachment to a piece of sky, water, night or moment of transformation. As marks and layers color, value, pattern and light accrue, I re-experience the vision and emotional connection to nature. It’s about chance, and the urge to capture a moment and the vision of that experience.

My prints are conceptually and physically embedded in reciprocity. They are built by the mutual relationship of concealing and revealing, plan and chance. As I investigate properties of nature with marks and inky flats of color, I also explore properties of paper and metal by folding or embossing by hand or with the pressure of the press. These layers are built upon until I have captured a momentary balance of chance with a fugitive experience of nature.”


MFA Printmaking, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Selected Awards

  • Tilting Artist In Residence, Fogo Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

  • Anderson Ranch Fellowship

  • Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission

  • Artist Residency, Karl Hoffer Society, Berlin, Germany

  • Artist Residency, Fundación, Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain

  • Carina House Residency, Monhegan Island, ME

  • Residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Edgecomb, ME

  • New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, NEA

  • Maine Arts Commission Grant

  • NEA & Arts International Travel Pilot Program Grant

  • Libra Professorship Award, University of Maine, Augusta, ME

  • Best Mixed Media, Exiguous Art, Taos, NM

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019
    Womens’ Art Alliance 40th Anniversary Exhibit, Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL
    UMVA Exhibit, Portland, ME
    12th Biennial International Print Exhibition, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT

  • 2018
    Stand Out Prints 2018; International Juried Print Exhibit, Highpoint, Minneapolis, MN
    Focus Printmaking 2, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

  • 2017
    Shelter, Circling the Square & Waterfall Arts Press
    Fragmentation/Illumination, Renaissance Gallery, Farmingdale, ME
    Paper Project: Gardiner & Waterville, ME

  • 2016
    Boston Printmakers Members: A State of Mind, Lamont Gallery, Exeter, NH
    A Sense of Place/El Sentido del Lugar, Danforth Gallery, University of Maine, Augusta & Metropolitan Cultural Center, Quito, Ecuador

  • 2015
    Maine Collected, Points of View, Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
    Ripple Effect, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME

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