Karen Kunc is internationally known for her large scale, elaborately colored, abstract woodcut prints. Her imagery incorporates richly hued shapes with timeless textural language, leading to a sense of intimacy and detail, with the tactile resonance of wood, paper and impression.
“Karen Kunc is an artist of integrity, understanding, and delight. Her woodcuts are unusual among contemporary prints for their lush exuberance. At a time when printmaking is dominated by work that confronts the viewer with icy intellectuality or socio-political insolence, Kunc consistently provides pleasant, lyrical experiences. But her imagery is not superficial, and careful scrutiny is always rewarded with deeper appreciation and provocative ideas. The enthusiastic reception of Kunc’s prints throughout the United States and Europe—from Iceland, to Italy, to the Czech Republic—pronounces their broad appeal, and the power of her voice to carry across cultural boundaries.” -David Acton, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum in a 1998 essay in Grapheion, (published by the Central Europe Gallery and Publishing House, Czech Republic)
Karen Kunc lives and works in Nebraska where she is Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her MFA from Ohio State University in 1977 and her BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975. Kunc's works are represented in many public and private collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art (NY); the Library of Congress; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Walker Art Center Library; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Honolulu Academy of Art. Kunc was recognized as the 2007 Printmaker Emeritus by the Southern Graphics Council Conference, and she received two Mid-America Arts Alliance / National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Master Award, and an Individual Artist Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council. She has taught numerous workshops around the world and served as a visiting artist to over 100 institutions. She has curated exhibitions of American art for Finland, France, and Egypt and frequently serves as a juror for national competitions.