Karen Gunderson

Karen Gunderson was born in Racine, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wisconsin State University, Whitewater, and both a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in painting and intermedia, respectively. She has taught art in a variety of capacities for over thirty-five years, and has been the subject of numerous one-person shows throughout the United States and in Madrid, Spain, and Sophia, Bulgaria. Gunderson has received many honors and awards, most notably a Lorenzo Magnifico Prize in Painting at the 2001 Florence Biennale (Italy), and has been named by noted critic Donald Kuspit as one of the “New Old Masters” (The End of Art, Cambridge University Press, 2004, and exhibition: New Old Masters, Gdansk, Poland 2006).