Artist's Statement ::
I have always felt an extraordinary beauty in the physical world, and it is this sense that my work conveys. While my work utilizes many aspects of the landscape tradition, I also interpret landscape metaphorically, merging the real with metaphysical reality, creating a lush, quiet place for viewers. I use light as a vibrant, velvety quality which glows, pulses and breathes with the sentient characteristics of sunlight, shadow, the light of snow or rain. In the same way that the poetic form prepares the reader to consider language in a special way, the circular format of my work prepares viewers for a consideration of essence. The experience of beauty is essentially a spiritual experience-it expands our awareness, uniting sensual, emotional, intellectual and psychic perceptions.
Karen Fitzgerald was born and raised on a family farm in central Wisconsin. She graduated with honors obtaining a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979. Two years later she relocated to NYC. Hunter College awarded her a M.F.A. in 1985, also with honors. In 1990, Teachers College, Columbia University awarded her a M.Ed.
Her work has been widely exhibited in the United stated. Private galleries in Minneapolis and Roslyn promote and sell her work. The Queens Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Rahr-West Museum, Madison Art Museum, Milwaukee Art museum and the United Nations in NYC have featured her work in their active exhibition schedules.
Selected Exhibitions: ::
1999: “Gardens Of Light”, the Center for Visual Art; Wausau, WI
1980: Sight 225 Gallery; Milwaukee, WI
“Shifting Coastlines’, Goliard Ensemble; Queens, NY
Westchester art center; NYC, NY
Sunnen Gallery; Soho, NY
Interchurch Center; Manhattan, NY
1997: “Into Light”, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; Milwaukee ,WI
University of Arizona at Tucson; Tucson, AZ
Nese Alpan gallery of Roslyn; NY
John Jay College gallery; NYC, NY
Carrol College Union Gallery; WI
Selected Awards: ::
Karen received an Individual Artist’s Award from the Queens Community Arts Fund in 2000 and in 1998. In 1999, the Greenwall Foundation funded Shifting Coastlines, for which she was commissioned to create six, 60” tondo works. The Women’s Studio Workshop awarded her an individual artist’s fellowship in 1999. AT&T awarded her an Artsline Award to assist in marketing her work during 1998. Publications as diverse as the New York Times, Newsday, The Arizona Daily Star, and Central Park magazine have featured her work in reviews and artist’s projects. Her work is in the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Union, Gas collection, the Reinhart Collection of Germany and many other public and private collections.