Karen Gunderman’s work draws from notations rendered by scientists throughout history of the inner workings of living things. Anatomical and botanical images from the cusp of modern science are often a point of departure for her work. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, several Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowships and Virginia Groot Foundation Grants, a Milwaukee County Visual Artist Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Scholar's Research Grant in Peru, an Arts/Industry Residency at the Kohler Corporation and Artist Residency at the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary. Her work is included in permanent collections such as the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Association, Shanghai, China; Museu de Ceràmica de L’Alcora, L’Alcora, Spain; Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Icheon South Korea; Croatian Ceramic Association, Varazdin, Croatia, National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts, Erie, Colorado, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Wisconsin, and Fulbright Commission, Lima, Peru.
Recent exhibitions include the XI Bienal Internacional de Cerâmica Artística, Museu de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2013; 33circa2013, Concurs Internacional de Ceràmica de L’Alcora, Museu de Ceràmica de L’Alcora, Spain, 2013; IV International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics: Ceramica Multiplex 2012, City Museum Herzer Palace, Varazdin, Croatia and KulturZentrum Kapfenberg, Austria, 2012-2013; International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM 2012, European Cultural and Technological Centre, Maribor, Slovenia, 2012; 3rd International Modern Ceramic Art Biennial, Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts, Shanghai, China, 2012; 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan and New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei Taiwan, 2012-2013; Wisconsin Triennial 2010, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin; IX Bienal Internacional de Cerâmica de Aviero, Museu de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2009, first prize; CEBIKO 5th World Ceramics Biennale, Icheon, South Korea, 2009