Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Karen Kunc: Sensory Source | Gallery 3

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 | 7:00 – 10:00pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 26 | 12:00 noon
March 2 – May 26, 2007

Fragmentary moments, chance encounters and the immeasurability of time: these are the invisible forces that shape our lives and sometimes become the deciding factors in the choices we make. In her solo exhibition Sensory Source, on view at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts from March 2 – May 26, 2007, printmaker Karen Kunc puts these notions into iconic images of creation, preservation and allusions to human myth and metaphor, and she does so by stripping them down to their barest, most reductive essence. An Opening Reception takes place on Friday, March 2, from 7:00 – 10:00pm, and the artist will give a Gallery Talk on Saturday, May 26, at 12:00 noon. The public is warmly invited to attend. Additionally, a catalogue with an essay by Dr. Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI, accompanies this exhibition. Kunc also leads Strip! A Workshop in Reductive Printmaking from Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2007. Workshop times run Friday 4:00 – 7:00pm. and Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 5:00pm. The cost for this workshop is $120 for Bemis Center Members and $150 for Non-Members; Class Limited to fifteen, and advance registration at 402.341.7130 is highly recommended.

Kunc’s visual iconography is highly suggestive of nature, and she derives inspiration from her travel experiences as well as rural Nebraska. Her woodcuts and etchings frequently explore how eternal forces shape the natural world, and she articulates this by juxtaposing ambiguous spatial illusions with elements of shape and color. This approach allows her to establish a relationship between the edges of the paper and the interruption of the image itself, transforming symbolic abstractions into suggestions of landscape, unusual structures or plant forms.

About the Artist
Karen Kunc received a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University in 1977 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is the Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where she has taught since 1983. She has also exhibited both nationally and internationally and has taught numerous printmaking workshops around the world. Her woodblock and other prints have been in over one hundred exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is in the collections of a number of important public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Her awards include the Nebraska 2000 Governor's Arts Award, Artist of the Year and a Fulbright Scholarship for research travel to Finland in 1996. Kunc also received the first annual the Omaha Entertainment Award (OEA) for the category of Printmaking in 2006.

Nebraskan called one of the most important American printmakers by Dane Stickney, courtesy of the Omaha World Herald, March 11, 2007
Pressing Matters by Janet L. Farber, courtesy City Weekly, March 26, 2007

Sponsors: Clark Creative Group, Duncan Family Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Omaha Steaks, Upstream Brewing Co.

Special thanks to the UNO Art and Art History Department.

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