Curriculum Vitae

WEBSITE:   http://www.karentcolbert.com/

EDUCATION

1987  Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting, specializing in watercolour, Northern Illinois University School of Art, DeKalb, Illinois.

1986  Master of Arts Degree
in Studio Art, Northern Illinois University School of Art, DeKalb, Illinois.

1984  Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration, Northern Illinois University School of Art, DeKalb, Illinois.

1990  Japanese Traditional Arts Workshop, Certificate.  Studied Sumi-e, Ikebana, and Cha-no-yu with Professor Shozo Sato: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005  Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford City, Ireland.

2004  The Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick City, Ireland. Curated by Paul O'Reilly, former Director/Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art

2002  The Gallery, Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary, Ireland.  

2002  Old Market House Art Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

2001  Bru Boru Cultural Arts Centre Gallery, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.         

1999  Galerie Payer, Leoben, Austria.

1998  St. John's Art & Heritage Centre Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

1998  South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

1990  Levis Faculty Centre Gallery, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA.  

1989  Sonoma Hills Gallery, Petaluma, California, USA.

1987  Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA.

1986  Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 (upcoming) Shamal, Il Vento Creativo, (Invited) International Group Exhibition, Ex Chiesa San Nicolao, Lake Como, Italy. Camaver Kunsthaus International.

2013 Dall'Acqua Nasce l'Anima, Ancient Palaces Exhibition, (Invited) International Group Exhibition, Palazzo Gallio, Gravedona, Lake Como, Italy. Camaver Kunsthaus International.

2013 S'i Fossi Foco, Ancient Palaces Exhibition, (Invited) International Group Exhibition, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy. Camaver Kunsthaus International.

2013 Entropie, Ancient Palaces Exhibition, (Invited) International Group Exhibition, Atelier Casa Perla, Dongo, Lake Como, Italy. Camaver Kunsthaus International.

2012 Dall'Acqua Nasce l'Anima, Ancient Palaces Exhibition, (Invited) International Group Exhibition, (former) Church of St. Nicholas, Bellano, Lombardia, Lake Como, Italy, Camaver Kunsthaus International.

2011 Dall'Acqua Nasce l'Anima, Ancient Palaces Exhibition, (Invited) International Group Exhibition, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy, Camaver Kunsthaus International.

2010 Lo Strumento dell'Arte, Ancient Palaces Exhibition, (Invited) International Group Exhibition, Casa Della Cultura Matteo D'Acquasparta, (Umbria), Italy. Camaver Kunsthaus International.

2005  Encore '05, Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Invited Group Exhibition.

2004  Contemporary Irish Art, The Metatron Gallery, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

2004  New Titles, Waterford Regional Hospital Art Collection, Waterford City, Ireland. 

2004  Summer Show, The Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford City, Ireland.   

2004  Wexford Festival Opera Group Show, VEC, Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland. 

2004  Narrow Space @ Lynch & Partners, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

2003  Inaugural Group Show, The Narrow Space Gallery, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

2003  Winter Show, The Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford City, Ireland.

2003  Squaring Up, Invited Group Show, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

2003  Christmas Group Show, The Metatron Gallery, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

2002  New Work, Five Artists, The Art Store, Dublin City, Ireland.

2001  e v+ a 2001 Expanded, International Juried Exhibition, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland. Adjudicated by Salah Hassan.

2000  VII Obersteirische Kunsttage, International Invited Exhibition, Kunsthalle, Leoben, Austria.

2000  Springs to Mind, Lismore Arts Centre, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

2000  3 Internationale Kunstmesse, Innsbruck, Austria, through Galerie Payer.

1999  Fourth Anniversary Christmas Group Show, Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford City, Ireland.

1998  e v+ a 1998 Circuz ZZ, International Juried Exhibition, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Venue:  Dolmen Gallery, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Adjudicated by Paul O'Reilly.

1998  Summer Group Show, An Damhlann, Spiddal, Co. Galway, Ireland.

1997  Diversity, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

1997  Summer Group Show, An Damhlann, Spiddal, Co. Galway, Ireland. 

1997  Artists on CD, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Wexford, Cork, Dublin, and  Listowel, Ireland, and Slovenia.

1993  New Work, House of Art Gallery, Champaign, Illinois, USA.

1993  State of the Art '93, National Juried Exhibition, The New England Fine Art Institute's National Invitational Exhibition of American Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

1992  Group Show, House of Art Gallery, Champaign, Illinois.

1992  Watercolour '92, Juried Exhibition, Dellora A. Norris Gallery and Cultural Arts Centre, St. Charles, Illinois, USA.

1991  Japanese Calligraphy, Illini Union Gallery, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA.

1991  Botanics, National Juried Exhibition, Gallery Ten, Rockford, Illinois.

1991  Watercolour '91, Juried Exhibition, Dellora A. Norris Gallery & Cultural Arts Centre, St. Charles, Illinois.

1990  Christmas Art Show, Urania Gallery, Champaign, Illinois.

1990  Watercolour '90, Juried Exhibition, Dellora A. Norris Gallery & Cultural Arts Centre, St. Charles, Illinois, USA.

1998  Watercolour'88, Juried Exhibition, Dellora A. Norris Gallery & Cultural Arts Centre, St. Charles, Illinois, USA. 

1987  Gala Show, Gallery Ten, Rockford, Illinois, USA. 1987.

1984  Northern Illinois Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Northern Illinois University Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois.

CATALOGUES

2001  e v+ a 2001, exhibition of visual+art 2001, International Juried Group Exhibition catalogue.

2000  VII Obersteirische Kunsttage - International Group Exhibition catalogue.

1998  e v+ a 1998, exhibition of visual+art 1998, International Juried Group Exhibition catalogue.

COLLECTIONS

IONA Technologies, Dublin City, Ireland. 

Waterford Regional Hospital Art Collection, Waterford City, Ireland

The Harcourt Hotel, Dublin City, Ireland

Sands & Trafelet Attorneys at Law, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Donal T. Ryan Solicitors, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

WordWorks, New Inn, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

Kimme Planning and Architecture, Champaign, Illinois, USA.

Private collections in Ireland, USA & Austria.

AWARDS

1999, Arts Act Grant

1998, Arts Act Grant

WEBSITE

http://www.karentcolbert.com/

PRESS COVERAGE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QnstjRSqCw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4eq-q25ZZA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHMn623oGg

http://www.camaver.it/Camaver/Blog/Voci/2010/6/30_Lo_Strumento_dellarte__Gli_artisti_prima_parte.html

Review, START Magazine, Spring 2002.

Registered with the Irish Arts Review On-Line Gallery

http://visualartists.ie/listings/exhibitionsevents-international/karen-t-colbert-group-exhibition-ex-chiesa-san-nicolao-lake-como-italy/

From the BELLTABLE's website (exhibition curated by Paul O'Reilly, former Director/Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art):

 Karen T Colbert Paintings
9th Nov. - 14th Dec. 2004  This second exhibition in the Autumn Series at Belltable Gallery opens on Tuesday 9th November at 6pm and features the work of Karen T. Colbert. Originally from Midwest USA Karen has settled in Ireland since 1993 where she lives and works in Cashel Co. Tipperary.
Colbert's work is committed to the principles and methods of Abstraction, a (if not the) major innovation of Modernism. As such, references in her work to the ways in which the everyday world appears to our sense of sight are almost entirely put aside so that feeling and emotion can be aroused and expressed through the interaction of the materials and technique, the media, and the various ways the elements of design can be made to behave.
The world her work represents is an inner, emotional world. As the artist says: "The impressions and perceptions gained through the direct experience of nature play a large role in my work. I am interested in conveying a sense of freedom, life, spontaneity, fluidity of movement, playfulness, and an expansiveness of space, as well as a sense of the present moment."
Karen T. Colbert's paintings all rely on the behaviour of the watercolour medium put down on a rag paper ground. They are of the same or similar domestic size. All are exhibited vertically though often painted otherwise. All are committed to the use of shape, pattern and full colour.
Light through, rather than light on, aptly describes how colour behaves in Colbert's painting. The effect achieved resembles somewhat that of the TV image or stained glass window, though here the shine and glow comes from the rapport she sets up between the watercolour medium and the ground of white paper. Whether set in geometric or organic patterns, the abstract shapes she favours come together in highly structured and expressive compositions: abstraction at a high degree of accomplishment.
Unusually, for the most part, the works are exhibited without frames, the better to fully understand the colour.
Colbert's university studies concluded with a Master Degree in Fine Art in 1987 and, in 1990, a special study of Sumi-e, traditional Japanese painting. She has exhibited steadily and widely since 1987 in the USA and Ireland and has placed her work in public and private collections in the USA, Ireland and Austria.