Karen Larson

Adjunct Faculty
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010


View some of Karen Larson‘s work

Karen Larson’s research interests include nineteenth and early twentieth-century vernacular photographic and image viewing practices.  Her studio practice engages photography, collage, and book arts.  She uses these forms to investigate the dialectics of beholding and the “unseeable” that occurs within photography as a material process and as a cultural artifact.

Professional Experience

Karen Larson has exhibited internationally in China, South Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Iceland. Her artistic work has been featured in national venues such as the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University (Durham, NC), the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (Novato, CA), and 41 Cooper Gallery at Cooper Union (New York City, NY). Her artist books and collaborative projects are in the collections of the Hellenic Centre for Photography (Athens, Greece), Nes Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland), Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection (SAIC, Chicago, IL.), and Cofrin Library Artists’ Book Collection (University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, WI.).

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions


“Inversions, Small Successes, and Big Rewards in Studio Practices While Remote,” LAND (Liberal Arts Network for Development) Conference, Lightening Talk Presentation February 18, 2021


Image, Text, Language, Carnation Contemporary, Portland, OR, 2019

NES Alumni Exhibition, Deiglan Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland, 2018

Contemporary Photography, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gimpo, South Korea, 2015

Publications/Exhibitions in Print:

Third International Photography Annual, 2016, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Color Tectonics,” Lunch Ticket Literary Journal, Winter/Spring 2015 Issue, Antioch University Los Angeles