Karen Yank

ARTIST STATEMENT

My life and work are synonymous. My work is a direct expression of life and inspiration. I create art because it is the closest expression of life that I have found. My inspirations are often informed by the idyllic landscape. This is not to say that my sculptures represent nature, but rather that they represent the emotional impact one feels when in the natural setting. The focus of my work is on non-verbal communication and emotional expression. I strive to stimulate the viewers’ response by activating emotions associated with past experiences, creating a more meaningful insight.

I have been fortunate to create over 40 large-scale public sculptures to date. My efforts on these projects won the awards for Aesthetics and Public Involvement; PRIDE Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Golden Cumbre Award from the New Mexico Public Relations Society Of America, and the Americans for the Arts Kris Art of Giving Award.

I work primarily in mixed metals, because of their strength and durability. Little to no maintenance is needed. I strive to reveal an organic nature with a sense of history in a material that is usually cold and industrial. Every weld and grind mark is an intentional decision. I love to completely mesh different metals together reflecting a beauty that can only be found in the organic.

The design of my art expresses a context that can be understood in a moment, but with layers that can be seen for those who pause to look deeper. My overall goal is to develop a visual language that is compelling within the given environment and community.

EDUCATION

1987 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
1987 Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts - M.F.A.
1986 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
1985 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
1984 University of Wisconsin, Madison - B.F.A.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016      Turner Carroll Gallery, Exhibition July 19 - Aug. 12, 2017
2015      Zane Bennett Contemporary, Solo Exhibition, May 29- June 30, Santa Fe, NM
2011-14 Zane Bennett Contemporary, several featured exhibitions, Santa Fe, NM
2012      Zane Bennett Contemporary, Solo Exhibition and Lecturer sponsored by
             the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2011      Zane Bennett Contemporary, Featured Artist, in conjunction with
             NM Women in the Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2011      Lemmons Contemporary Show Room Exhibitions, Featured Artist, Newport, RI
2009      Lemmons Contemporary, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY
2006      Lemmons Contemporary, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY
2004      Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Solo Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
2004      Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
2004      Thomas Ingerick Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Aspen, CO
2003      L.I.C.K. Ltd. Fine Art, Solo Exhibition, Long Island City, New York
2002      The Munson Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe
2000      The Munson Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe
1998      Edith Lambert Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe
1997      Edith Lambert Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe
1996      Ozaukee Art Center, Solo Exhibition, Cedarburg, WI
1994      Ralph Greene Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Albuquerque
1993      New Mexico Highlands University, Solo Exhibition, Las Vegas, NM
1990      A.I.R. Gallery, Solo Exhibition, New York
1990      Linda Durham Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe
1987      Mason Gross School of the Arts Fine Arts Gallery, Solo MFA Exhibition,
             Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1986      University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, Solo Large-scale Installation at
             Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, NM
1985      University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Solo Large-scale Installation, Arts Museum
1984      University of Wisconsin - Madison, Solo BFA Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery
PUBLIC COMMISSIONS/COLLECTIONS

2017      Living Landscape, Vista Grande Community Center, 2-Part Sculpture, Cor-ten, steel, stainless,
             installation date in 2018, Bernalillo County Public Art and Cultural Services, NM
2017      Growing Strength, Central New Mexico Community College,
             20’ tall 5 piece sculptural environment, Cor-ten, steel, aluminum and stainless, CNM Main
             Campus, Albuquerque, New Mexico Arts Division, Art in Public Places
2017      XO Trio, Western New Mexico University, 3 piece sculpture installation, 5’x20’,
             custom galvanized steel with black patina, Light Hall,
             Silver City, New Mexico Arts Division, Art in Public Places
2016      Beauty of the West, Ladera Heights, 5 piece sculptural environment,
             Cor-ten and stainless, City of Albuquerque Capital Implementation Program,
             Public Art Program
2015      Current, Junction Place Bridge at Goose Creek,
             artwork throughout the entire site to include 10 wall reliefs and 6 freestanding
             sculptures, custom galvanized steel with black patina, City of Boulder, CO
2014      Desert Primrose, City-wide Sculpture Project for Academy Hills Park, 8’x8’
             freestanding sculpture, 2014, City of Albuquerque Public Art Project
2014      Site-specific artwork designs for the Avenida de Mesilla I-10 Interchanges in
             Las Cruces-Mesilla, New Mexico, New Mexico Arts and the NM Department of Transportation
2012      Site-specific artwork designs for the Motel Blvd I-10 Interchanges in Las Cruces-
             Mesilla, New Mexico, New Mexico Arts and the NM Department of Transportation
2010      Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, sculptures included in both the interior
             collection and sculpture garden, Albuquerque, NM
2010      Mountain Reflection, NM Expo, 12’x14’ free-standing sculpture, New Mexico
             State Fair Grounds, entrance to the Fine Arts Building,
             New Mexico Arts Division, Albuquerque, NM
2007      Three sculptures, UNM Health Sciences Center Art Collection, Barbara and Bill
             Richardson Pavilion, UNM Children's Hospital, Albuquerque, NM
2007-08 Two 16' free-standing sculptures, City of Albuquerque's Art in Municipal
             Places Program, I-40/Coors Freeway Interchange, Albuquerque, NM
2006      Museum of Fine Arts, Museum Collection, Santa Fe, NM
2006-08 Five hundred feet of sculpture installed on two pedestrian bridges for the GRIP I-40/Coors
             Freeway Interchange Project, Atrisco bridge, West Pedestrian bridge, Albuquerque, NM
2006      University of New Mexico Hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Center, large scale
             public sculpture, Albuquerque, NM
2005      Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, four sculptures installed throughout the ballet,
             New York, NY
2005-08 Sculptor/Art Consultant for the GRIP I-40/Coors Freeway Interchange Project, Albuquerque, NM
2004      University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, courtyard sculpture, Albuquerque, NM
2002      Capitol Art Collection, sculpture on permanent public display,
             New Mexico State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM
1998      New Mexico State Library, Records and Archives, 4 story high mobile, Santa Fe, NM
1997      New Mexico Junior College, large-scale public sculpture, Hobbs, NM
1996      New Mexico State University, 5 sculptures installed in front of
             Performing Arts Building, Alamogordo, NM
1995      Highway and Transportation Department, large-scale sculpture
             installation, Albuquerque, NM
1994      Silver City Museum, sculpture garden, Silver City, NM
1994      Hurley Community Center, public sculpture, Hurley, NM
1994      Gateway Sculpture, Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque, NM
1994      Sandia National Laboratories, large-scale sculpture at entrance to
             main building, Albuquerque, NM
1993      University of New Mexico Hospital, sculpture at entrance to ER, Albuquerque, NM
1987      Rutgers University, large-scale outdoor installation, New Brunswick, NJ
1985      Ozaukee Art Center, large-scale outdoor installation and included in private
             collection, Cedarburg, WI
1984      University of Wisconsin -Madison, student collection plus sold 4 large
             sculptures to private sculpture garden, Madison, WI

TEACHING/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2012 Celebrate Agnes Martin, Zane Bennett Gallery, hosted by the National Museum
         of Women on the Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Guest Speaker
2005 Sculptor/Art Consultant for the GRIP I-40/Coors Freeway Interchange Project, Albuquerque, NM
1997 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Visiting Instructor
1993 University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, Visiting Lecturer
1993 New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM, Visiting Artist
1991 T.A.V.S., Tucumcari, NM, Visiting Artist

AWARDS

2007 PRIDE Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association
         for Aesthetics and Public Involvement
2007 The Coors/I-40 Freeway Interchange Project and its aesthetics have won
        10 National awards to date, Albuquerque, NM
2008 The Golden Cumbre Award from the New Mexico Public Relations Society of
        America for Aesthetics and Public Involvement 2007 The Coors/I-40 Freeway Interchange Project
        and its aesthetics have won 10
        National awards to date, Albuquerque, NM 2003 Laird Leadership in Art Award, Wisconsin
1991 Buchel Foundation Arts Grant, Wisconsin
1987 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Scholarship Award, New York
1987 Buchel Foundation Arts Grant, Wisconsin