Karen L Kirshner
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About Karen L Kirshner
Critics have said Karen's art is original, complex, exciting and beautiful. She does not accept the status quo. Even though she has complete control over her technique, she keeps challenging herself with new possibilities. "If you seek powering a painting, you will find it in Kirshner."

Karen Lynne Kirshner is an award winning abstract artist. Her awards include the Abstract Artist of the Year Award in the national juried competition, ACA (Art Comes Alive). The sponsors refer to it as the Academy Awards in Art and Design. She also received the Award of Excellence from the Suburban Art League, Best in Show/First Place for her vibrant and highly original painting "Faith" at the Biennial National League of American Pen Women National Juried Exhibition. The organization is the first and most prestigious national TRI-arts organization for women professionals in the USA. Her paintings have been exhibited in the National Headquarters' new gallery in Washington, DC.

Karen grew up in a creative household, exposed to art at a very young age through socializing with popular artists while watching her artistic mother, Betty B. Kirshner, bring her visions to life. Early on, Karen received awards for her intricate pen & ink compositions and had her first solo show through her high school cultural arts gifted program. She took numerous courses at the Art Students League of New York over the years and was soon showing in Greenwich Village with her mother.

Karen has a BA from Vassar College, where she minored in studio art. She spent time in England in a graduate art program and earned an MS and MBA with distinction. Karen is a member of many prestigious associations, including, but not limited to, the highly respected BJ Spoke Gallery in Huntington, NY, as well as the National Art League, Artists Alliance of East Hampton, National League of American Pen Women, the New York Society of Women Artists, and the National Association of Women Artists. Her paintings have appeared online and in catalogues and newspapers, and she has recently been the featured artist of the week and the Artist to Watch. Her paintings have been featured by the competitive Flaming Abstracts site as well as on Abstracts on Fire, and she has been a finalist in online competitions. Karen has shown at numerous galleries and her work is in private collections here and abroad. Her work is available on Artsy, 1stdibs, and newyorkart.com.

In the northern light of her studio, with her easel where her mother's once stood, Karen is in a "zone" painting in a Zen-like state. There are no props. She begins with a blank canvas. Sometimes she starts with a shape. It happens, emerges and evolves with interactive decision-making on a conscious intuitive level.

Karen says, "I never know what I am going to do. I just know I want to gesso with black or white or clear gesso, and whether or not I want to start with a particular color." She has often compared her approach to solving jigsaw puzzles, the more complex, the more challenging.
Education
2005 Molloy College, MS, Secondary Education
1998 Baruch College, Certificate in Desktop Publishing and New Media
1991 Hofstra University, MBA, Marketing with Distinction
1980 Vassar College, BA, Sociology major, Art minor
1975 BOCES, Cultural Arts Program for Gifted Students
Michigan State University, 6 graduate honors credits at Bedford College, London University
Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
Events
MEMBERSHIPS
National Association of Women Artists
New York Societry of Women Artists
b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, NY
National League of American Pen Women
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY
National Art League, Douglaston, Queens, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Port Washington, NY
Independent Artists Society, Plainview, NY
East End Arts, Riverhead, NY
Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Museum (Artist Member), Stony Brook, NY
Suburban Art League, Syosset, NY
Artists Alliance of East Hampton, East Hampton, NY
Exhibitions
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, NY
2017 Farmingdale Public Library, Farmingdale, NY
2016 Hicksville Public Library, Hicksville, NY
2016 North Bellmore Public Library, North Bellmore, NY
2016 Westfield, Sunrise Mall Gallery, Massapequa, NY
1975 B.O.C.E.S. Cultural Arts Program

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
National Association of Women Artists, 130th Anniversary Annual Members' Exhibition, Tribeca, NY
National Art League, Artist of the Month for September, Douglaston, NY
Art League of Nassau County, Summer 2019 Members' Exhibit, Barnes Gallery, Garden City, NY
Guild Hall, Clothesline Art Sale, East Hampton, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Basquiat Street 2 Spoke, Huntington, NY
(AAEH) Artists Alliance of East Hampton, Celebration, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, NY
NYA gallery, Conceptual, NY, NY
New York Society of Women Artists, Between the Lines, Blue Mountain Gallery, NY, NY
Blink Artists Show, ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Members Only, Huntington, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Members' Showcase, Manhasset, NY
National League of American Pen Women, Wantagh Library, Wantagh, NY
National League of American Pen Women, Roslyn Village Art Gallery, Roslyn, NY
Art League of Long Island, Diversity in our Lives, Dix Hills, NY
A.I.R. Gallery, Wish You Were Here 19 Postcard Show, Brooklyn, NY
National Art League, at the Barnes Gallery, Garden City, NY
(AAEH) Artists Alliance of East Hampton, Walls of Dreams, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Artists Choice, Huntington, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Red, Port Washington, NY
Cape Cod Art Center, Opposites Attract, Barnstable, MA
National Association of Women Artists, Small Works juried exhibition, NY, NY
Gallery 104, Texture Show for Fashion Week, NY, NY
NYA Contemporary Art Gallery, Armory Week Grand Opening, NY, NY
Surburban Art League, Members Show, Plainview-Old Bethpage, NY
National Art League, Small & Big Works Exhibition, Douglaston, NY
Guild Hall, 81st Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY
Karyn Mannix Contemporary, Love & Passion, pop-up exhibit held at Kathryn Markel Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
The White Room Gallery, Black & White, Bridgehampton, NY
National Art League, Space, members exhibition, Douglaston, NY
National Association of Women Artists, Pushing Paint, NY, NY
National League of American Pen Women, DuPont Circle, Washington, DC
National League of American Pen Women, Long Island Branch, bj spoke gallery, Huntington, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Members Exhibition, Huntington, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Exhibition, East Meadow, NY
NYA gallery, Equinox, NY, NY
Long Island Museum, "I sing the body electric: Inspired by the written word," Stony Brook, NY
(AAEH) Artists Alliance of East Hampton, Visions of Spring, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, NY
Independent Artists Society, Members Show, Jericho Public Library, Jericho, NY

2018
National League of American Pen Women, on Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
Long Island Museum, Silver Linings, Stony Brook, NY
Art League of Long Island, Members' Exhibition, Dix Hills, NY
National Art League, Members Exhibit, Douglaston, Queens, NY
Long Island Museum, Wanderlust, Stony Brook, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Blue, Port Washington, NY
Barrett Art Center, Funhouse Exhibition, Poughkeepsie, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Artists Invite Artists, Huntington
b.j. spoke gallery, Spring Fever, Huntington, NY
Guild Hall, 80th Annual Membership Exhibition, East Hampton, NY
Suburban Art League, Members' Exhibition, Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, Plainview, NY
The White Room Gallery, Flow, Bridgehampton, NY
The White Room Gallery, Element of Surprise, Bridgehampton, NY
National Art League, Artworks Exhibition, Barnes Gallery, Garden City, NY
National Art League, Big and Little Exhibition, Douglaston, NY
National Art League, 88th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Douglaston, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Exhibition, East Meadow, NY
National League of American Pen Women, Unitarian Universalist Church, Freeport, NY
National League of American Pen Women, Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
Huntington Arts Council, LP-12x12' Exhibition, Main Streeet Gallery, Huntington, NY
IAS (Independent Artists Society Annual Members Exhibition), Jericho Library, Jericho, NY
ADC Gallery, Blink Art Artists Showcase, Cincinnati, OH
Atlantic Gallery, Who Are You? International Juried Exhibition, Chelsea, NY, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Annual Members Showcase, Manhasset, NY
Huntington Arts Council, 2018 Members Exhibition, Main Street Gallery, Huntington, NY
Surburban Art League, 2018 Open Juried Art Show, Woodbury, NY
Caumsett Foundation Juried Exhibit/Auction, Caumsett State Park, Huntington, NY
Art League of Long Island, Strolling Gallery Exhibition with Joyce Kubat, Dix Hills, NY
Artists Alliance of East Hampton, Summer Show, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
Art League of Long Island, Strolling Gallery with Keven Larkin, Dix Hills, NY
ADC Fine Art Gallery, Art Comes Alive (ACA) National Competititon, Cincinnati, OH
Artists Alliance of East Hampton, Fall Show, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, September Exhibition, Huntington, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Abstract World, Huntington, NY

2017
Guild Hall, Members' Exhibit, East Hampton, NY
Guild Hall, Clothesline Art Sale, East Hampton, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Absolutely Abstract, Port Washington, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Members' Exhibition, Port Washington, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, 10 x 10 Art Auction, Port Washington, NY
Art Guild of Port Washington, Faces & Figures, Port Washington, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Art Walk Exhibition, Huntington, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Art Exhibition, East Meadow, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Invitational, East Madown, NY
Huntington Arts Concil, Conversations in Color, Huntington, NY
Huntington Arts Council, Members' Exhibition, Huntington, NY
Town of North Hempstead, Arts Matter, Manhasset, NY
Suburban Art League, Barnes Gallery, Garden City, NY
Dehn Gallery, Flight, Manchester, CT
Art League of Long Island, Members' Exhibition, Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Museum, Animal Kingdom, Stony Brook, NY
Long Island Museum, Baby It's Cold Outside, Stony Brook, NY
National Art League, Holiday Exhibition & Sale, Douglaston, NY
National League of Americn Pen Women, Unitarian Universalist Church, Freeport, NY
National Art League, Members' Exhibition, Douglaston, NY

2016
Rotational Art Show, Town of Oyster Bay, NY
b.j. spoke gallery, Harvest of Artists, Huntington, NY
Huntington Arts Council, Conversations in Color, Huntington, NY
Huntington Arts Council, Members Showcase, Huntington, NY
Town of North Hempstead, Arts Matter, Manhasset, NY
Art League of Long Island, Members' Exhibition, Dix Hills, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Art Exhibition, East Meadow, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Invitational, East Meadow, NY

2015
b.j. spoke gallery, Harvest of Artists, Huntington, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Art Exhibition, East Meadow, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Mother/Daughter (Betty & Karen) Exhibit, East Meadow, NY
Dick Blick Art Store Mothers' Day exhibition

2014
Katherine Archie Studio, Fellow Painters, Garden City Public Library, Garden City, NY
East Meadow Public Library, Annual Exhibition, East Meadow, NY

1987
Canberra's National Art Show, Canberra, Australia