Karen Gunderman's work draws from notations scientists throughout history render of the inner workings of living things. Anatomical and botanical images from the cusp of modern science often are 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; Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Icheon South Korea; Croatian Ceramic Association, Varazdin, Croatia, National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts, Colorado, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Wisconsin, and Fulbright Commission, Lima, Peru. Recent exhibitions include Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2012, Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum, Kaoshiung City, Taiwan and Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan Alchemy: From Dust to Form, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, 2011; 30circa2010, Concurs Internacional de Ceràmica de L'Alcora, Museu de Ceràmica de L'Alcora, Spain, 2010; 2nd Shanghai International Biennale, Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts, Shanghai, China, 2010; 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; Hybrid Nation, Costello/Childs Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2009; Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2008, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; China Cuts, Pickled Art Center, Beijing, China, 2007; Biologies, solo, James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Madison Wisconsin, 2006; Salzbrand, Galerie Handwerk, Koblenz, Germany, 2006; Ceramica Multiplex, Varazdin City Museum, Varazdin, Croatia, 2005; and Diverse Domains, International Ceramics Invitational, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 2005.