Karen Saunders is a multi-disciplinary artist who hopscotched across the Midwest before landing in Cincinnati, where she’s been practicing as an artist and arts educator for almost three decades.
She has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on Ceramics, and an MA in Art Education from Miami University at Oxford.
For the better part of 20 years she has worked with diverse audiences at local institutions such as the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center . And exhibiting her art at such venues as the Contemporary Arts Center, Canton Art Museum, Richmond Art Museum, 21c Museum/Hotel.
She routinely works collaboratively with community and artist groups, with one notable example being the Bombshells of Cincinnati, a largely anonymous group of local lady crafters who juxtapose vandalism with the non-threatening nature of fiber art.
Saunders is inspired by large-scale projects that might intimidate less-resourceful and creative artists. She is ever challenging her own expectations and growing her ongoing practice.