Karen Owsley Nease                                                             
 
Education
1993  Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri - BFA Painting and Printmaking
1983  University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - B.S. Architectural Engineering
1983  University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - Bachelor Environmental Design

Employment and Experience
1994-present   Studio artist
2016-present  Grand Marais Art Colony - Painting Workshop Instructor
2015-present  Duluth Art Institute - Intermediate Painting Instructor
1998-2003, Assistant Director, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Awards
2016  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Career Development Grant
2014  Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Career Development Grant
1995  New American Paintings, one of 50 emerging artists chosen for the 1st  Midwest Edition
1995 League of Innovation, purchase award, Johnson County Community College,  Overland Park, KS
1991  Kansas City Art Institute MO-KAN Transfer Scholarship
1991 Art in the Woods, purchase award, Overland Park, KS

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 As Above, So Below; Kruk Gallery, Department of Visual Arts, University of     Wisconsin –Superior(scheduled)
2015  Found Horizons, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN
2002  Sex and Chocolate, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2000  New Paintings, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1997  Dracaena Series, solo exhibition, Johnson County Commmunity College Library Gallery, Overland Park, KS
1996  Scenes from the Interior, solo exhibition at Kansas City Kansas Public Library Gallery
 
Juried Group Exhibitions      
2017  Mother Earth, Lizzards Gallery, Duluth, MN
2017  WTF? – A Feminist Art Exhibit, Studio 3 West, Duluth, MN
2014  60th Arrowhead Regional Biennial, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN curated  by Diane Mullin, the Senior Curator at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2005, 2004, 2002  Kansas City Flatfiles 2002, 2004, 2005 Group invitationals,    H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
2005, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1996  Beyond Bounds 3,4,5 & 6 Group invitationals,  Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
2004  Ungood, Shaw Hofstra, Kansas City, MO
2004  June Salon, Dolphin, Kansas City, MO,
2002  Is/Was, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2002  Daum Museum Acquisitions Collection, Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO
2001  Phenomena: where art and science converge, Union Station, Kansas City,  MO
2001  Road Show, St. Louis Art Guild, St. Louis, MO curated by Marcus Cain,  Program Coordinator and     Curator, Kansas City Art Institute Corporate  Partnership Exhibition Program
2001  Space Oddity; Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1999  Karma – Abstraction in KC, Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1997  Summer in the City, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1997  Autumn exhibition, Michael Cross Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1997  This is Not McDonald's (two person exhibition with Darlene Stringer), West  Wyandotte Public Library, Kansas City, KS
1997, 1996, 1995 RE:Members Exhibitions Mallin Gallery, Kansas City Artists  Coalition, Kansas City, MO(1997 curated by Heidi Iverson Bilardo, Executive  Director, Municipal Arts Commission; 1996 curated by Saralyn Reece Hardy,  Director Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; 1995 curated by Bruce Hartman,  Director Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS)
1997  Devoted x 2, Invitational at the New Works Gallery, KCAC, Kansas City,MO
1996  Juror’s Choice, Mallin Gallery, Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, Kansas City,  MO with Lynn Manos Huber and Yvonne Rosser (curated by Bruce Hartman,  Director Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS)
1996  Scenes From the Interior, solo exhibition at Kansas City Kansas Public  Library Gallery 
1996  Mindful Reflections of Three, New Works Gallery, Kansas City Artists  Coalition, Kansas City, MO
1996, 1995, 1991  Art in the Woods Gallery at Corporate Woods, Overland Park  Arts Commission, Overland Park, KS (1996 juried by William T. Wiley,  artist; 1995 juried by Christopher Brown, artist; 1991 juried by Philip  Pearlstein, artist)
1995  League of Innovation, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park,  KS Kansas City Regional Colleges of Higher Education
1994  Kansas Postcard Series XVII, traveling juried exhibition, Association Of  Community Art Agencies of Kansas, Salina, KS
1993  Annual Show, group exhibition, Kansas City Regional Colleges of Higher  Education
 
Selected Collections
Daum Museum, Sedalia, Missouri
American Century Investments, KC, Missouri
Metmor Financial, Overland Park, Kansas
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS – Scholar Space.
Private collections Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Selected Reviews and Articles
From the Heartland to the Northland, Cook County News Herald December 8, 2016
WTIP North Shore Morning, Artist’s Interview about Grand Marais Art Colony, Feb. 16, 2016
KUMD  Radio Gallery, “Found Horizons, Karen Owsley Nease,” May 11, 2015
Ennyman’s Territory, "Another Visit with Artist/Painter Karen Owsley Nease" April 13, 2015                
MNArtists.org , “The State of the Art Up North,” Tim White, January 21, 2015
The Duluth Reader #780, March 2014 “From KC to Big Lake Country” Ed Newman.
Review, 6/2004 “Salon Extreme”, “2004 Kansas City Flatfiles.” Lauren DeLand.
Kansas City Star, July 25, 2003, “Is/Was,” Elisabeth Kirsch.
Kansas City Star, December 14, 2001, “Kansas City Flatfiles,” Alice Thorson.
Review, 6/2001  “A is for Abstract, R is for Real, S is for Space - Space Oddity,”   Marcus Cain.
Kansas City Star, June 22, 2001, “Ground Control to MajorArt,”  Kate Hackman.
Review, 3/2000, “A Luminous Accommodation of Abstraction,” Heather Lustfeldt.
Kansas City Star, January 21, 2000 edition. A review of “New Paintings,”   Elisabeth Kirsch.
Kansas City Star, July 30, 1999 edition. A review of “Karma,” Elisabeth Kirsch.
Kansas City Star, July 18, 1997 edition.  A review of “Summer in the City,”  Elisabeth Kirsch.
The Forum Magazine, June-July 1996,"Mindful Reflections of Three" by Amy Scott.
The Forum Magazine, January-February 1996. A review of “Juror’s Choice” by Mel  Jarvis.
New American Paintings, inclusion in the 1st Midwest edition, 1995, Open  Studios Press. 
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