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Lived/Active: Washington/California      Known for: large-scale comic strip

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Riverside, California, and living in Seattle, Washington, Karen Ganz earned a B.A. at the University of California-Berkeley 1984, an M.A. in 1987 at the University of Iowa, and an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in 1988.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2010  Powerplay, SFCC Gallery, Spokane Washington
2009  Moving Target, Howard House Gallery, Seattle,Washington
2008  Power(less-ness) Smorgasbord, Howardhouse Gallery, Seattle
2007  Threshold, Kittredge Art Gallery, Evergreen College, Olympia, Washington
2006  Guns and Money, Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
2002/3  Survival, Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle
2001  Backbone, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle
2000 Backbone-Grover-Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999 Smot, Grover/Thurston Gallery Seattle WA
1998 Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle WA
jennjoy gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996 Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA
1994 ARC Gallery, Chicago
Index Gallery, Vancouver, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2008 Go Figure, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID.
2006  20 Prints by 20 Emerging  Artists, Coos Bay Art Museum, Coos Bay, Or.
2002 Seattle Arts Commission’ Collection, recent acquisitions, Seattle, WA.
2000  Seattle Arts Commission’Collection, recent aquisitions, Seattle, WA.
1998  A Generation Apart: Fay Jones and Karen Ganz, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID
1995  Folie a Deux, Center on  Contemporary Art, Seattle , WA.
Ex Libris, Cornish College, Seattle, WA.
Endowment: Refittings 2, The Art Gym, Portland OR.
1994 New Directions in the 90s, Los Angeles, CA.
A.R.C. National print show, Chicago, IL.
1993 Endowment: Refittings, Museum  of History and Industry, Seattle, WA
1992 The Comedy of Art,Seattle, WA.
Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1991 Pleas and Thank Yous/ Collaborators Show, Tacoma Art Museum
1990 Art Bound, Seattle, WA.
The Book Stripped Bare: Books as Art, Seattle, WA.

Selected Honors/Grants/Commissions:
2008  finalist for $30,000 Seattle Streetcar Station with the City of Seattle
2006  Finalist for a $110,000 commission from the San Diego Airport .
2003  Macdowell Colony residency/ Macdowell Colony Travel Grant
2002   Port of Seattle/$75,000  commission for 5’ x 110’ piece/ 9 paintings in 13 parts.Seattle Arts Commission’s 
Seattle Artist 2002 purchase award, Seattle, WA
2000  Seattle Arts  Commissions’Seattle” Artist 2000 “Purchase  Award, Seattle, WA
1998 Artist Trust Fellowship Award, Seattle, WA Seattle Arts Commission’s 
Seattle ” Artist  1998 “ Purchase Award, Seattle, WA
1997 King County Purchase of  Painting for the Kent Regional Justice Center Collection, Kent, WA.

Selected Publications: Periodicals
2008 De Vuono,Francies,”Jon Haddock and Karen Ganz at Howard house gallery"
2008 Kangas,Matthew,”Karen Ganz  Powerlessness Smorgasbord at howardhouse gallery, Art Ltd. Magazine, September
2006 Nagle,Matt,”Kittredge Gallery  Unveils Two Distinctly Different Exhibits”, Tacoma Weekly, Jan 18.
2006 McQuaid, Cate, ”Karen Ganz, Guns and Money”, Boston Globe, Nov 16.
2006 Hackett,Regina,”A Strong Line- up of Diverse Works in Davidson’s Persona Exhibit", Seattle Post- Intelligencer, March 3.
2004 Birddog Magazine, Issue#5, Seattle, WA.
2002 McQuaid, Cate, “A Visual Q and  A”, Boston Globe, December 27. Kangas,Matthew, “Pleasures And Perils”, Seattle Times, December 13.
Josslin,Victoria, “Figuring Out Gender”, Artdish, December 10.
2001  Hackett, Regina” Seven Good  Reasons”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March.
2000  Kangas, Matthew. “ Karen Ganz  at Grover/Thurston,” Art in America, May.
DeVuono, Frances, “Karen  Ganz,” New Art Examiner, March, 2000.
1999 Hackett, Regina, “Ganz’s  Painterly Grace Raises The Lowly To A Heavenly Place”, Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 12, 1999.
Frederickson, Eric  “Bio: Art", The Stranger, November 11.
1998 Kangas, Matthew. “Dreaming Big  Dreams.” The Seattle Times, December 17.
Hackett, Regina,“Ganz’s  Highly Refined Slapdash Is Full Of Energy.” Seattle Post- Intelligencer, December 11.
Bauer, Marilyn. “Neo-Pop and ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’.” Sun Valley, ID, July 22.
1997 Demetre, Jim. “That’s Us,  Folks!” Aorta, January/February.
1996 Glowen, Ron. “Karen Ganz at Francine Seders Gallery.” Artweek, November.
Ludlum, Annie. “Blop!  Smack! Splat! Karen Ganz’s Comic Figures Create Antic Energy.” The Seattle  Times, September 19.
Hackett, Regina. “Painter  Karen Ganz Flexing  Muscle In Her Hearty Depiction Of Vulgarity.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 13.
1994 Gragg, Randy. The Sunday  Oregonian, April 24.
1993 Olds, Susan. “On Time.” Artweek, December 2.
Hackett, Regina. “Two  Artists Make High Art From Low Sources.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 12.
1992 Remedios, Cheryl Dos. “Karen Ganz At Francine Seders.” Reflex, March/April.
Hackett, Regina. “Delicate Themes Flourish In Ganz’s Blunt Paintings.” Seattle Post- Intelligencer, January 15.

Selected Publications (Books and Catalogues):
2004/5 Platform gallery print  portfolio, Seattle, WA.
2001  Joy, Jenn, Speed Replaces Narrative As Content, SF,CA.
1998  New American Painting, Issue #  19
1997 Frank, Peter, Grins Humor and  Whimsy in Contemporary Art. Los Angeles, CA
1992 Dilenge, Louise, Visage 1993  Exhibit Catalogue (The Comedy of Art), Seattle, WA.
1990 Kroupa, Sandra, Art Bound,  Artist’ Book Exhibition, Seattle,WA

Public Collections:
Boise Art Museum
Dain Bosworth, Minneapolis, MN
King County Portable  Works Collection, Seattle, WA
King County Public Arts  Commission, Regional Justice Center, Seattle, WA
Microsoft Co.,Redmond,WA Paul Allen Center, 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac,  WA.
City of Seattle, Portable Works collection
Swedish Medical Center Collection, Seattle, WA
Tacoma Art  Museum, Tacoma,WA.
Washington State’s Art in  Public Places Program, WA.

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