2013 Ettinger Book Artist Series: Karen Kunc
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Karen Kunc, a book artist, printmaker, and Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln presented the 2013 Ettinger Book Artist Series Lecture on November 7, 2013 in the UWM Libraries' Special Collections Reading Room.
Ms. Kunc has been proprietor of Blue Heron Press and taught at UNL since 1983, and has developed an international reputation as a printmaker and book artist. Her prints and artists books derive from her contemplation of natural forces in the world, exploring inventive color abstractions of both the natural and human-fashioned environment.
Her well-known, unique style of printing is applied to notions of creation, preservation, and allusions to human myth and metaphor. Her prints record the processes of destruction and creation inherent in her reduction woodcut technique, establishing impressions that she refers to as "strange beauty." Her Ettinger presentation will focus on the physical and metaphorical nature of her artist’s book-works.
Ms. Kunc's works are represented in collections worldwide, from libraries such as UWM, Boston Public, Library of Congress, Harvard, and the Walker Art Center Library, to major museum collections, including the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the American Art Museum; the Smithsonian Institution; the National Art Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London;, the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan; the Hyndai Art Center Gallery, Korea; and the Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland.
Her many awards include two Fulbright Fellowships to Finland, a Fulbright Specialist grant to Dhaka, Bangladesh, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.
This was the ninth year the Ettinger Family Foundation has supported the Book Arts Series.