Karen Yank

PO Box 870, Sandia Park, NM 87047
Studio/home (505) 281-0243 cell (505) 269-9959
hamonyank@cybermesa.com
http://karenyank.com

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 work primarily in mixed metals. 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.A.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016   Turner Carroll Gallery, currently represented by, Exhibition July 19 - Aug. 12
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, RI2009 Lemmons Contemporary, New York, NY
2006 Lemmons Contemporary, New York, NY
2004 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Thomas Ingerick Gallery, Aspen, CO
2003 L.I.C.K. Ltd. Fine Art, Long Island City, New York
2002 The Munson Gallery, Santa Fe
2000 The Munson Gallery, Santa Fe
1998 Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe
1997 Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe
1996 Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, WI
1994 Ralph Greene Gallery, Albuquerque
1993 New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
1990 A.I.R. Gallery, New York
1990 Linda Durham Gallery, Santa Fe
1987 Mason Gross School of the Arts Fine Arts Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1986 University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque
1985 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Arts Museum
1984 University of Wisconsin - Madison, Fine Arts Gallery

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS/COLLECTIONS

2016 Growing Strength, Central New Mexico Community College, 20’ tall 5 piece
         sculptural environment, Cor-ten and stainless, installation date of Fall 2016,
         CNM Main Campus, New Mexico Arts Division, Art in Public Places 2016
         Beauty of the West, 5 piece sculptural environment, Cor-ten and stainless, 
         Installation date of April 2016, Ladera Heights, City of Albuquerque
         Capital Implementation Program, Public Art Program
2015 Junction Place Bridge at Goose Creek, creating artwork throughout the entire site
         to include 10 wall reliefs and 6 freestanding sculptures, custom galvanized steel
         with black patina, 2015, City of Boulder, CO, contact: Alex
         May – see references.
2014 City-wide Sculpture Project for Academy Hills Park, 8’x8’ freestanding sculpture
         titled “Desert Primrose”, 2014, City of Albuquerque Public Art Project,
         contact: Sherri Brueggemann - see references.
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, contact: Tom Church – see references.
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   
         contact: Tom Church – see references.
2010 Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM
2010 12'x14' free-standing sculpture, New Mexico Arts Division, New Mexico State Fair,
         entrance to the Fine Arts Building, Albuquerque, NM
2007 One freestanding and two wall sculptures, UNM Health Sciences Center Art Collection,
         Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion, UNM Children's Hospital, Albuquerque, NM
2007 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, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Five hundred feet of sculpture installed on two pedestrian bridges for the
         GRIP I-40/Coors Freeway Interchange Project, Albuquerque, NM
2006 University of New Mexico Hospital's Outpatient Surgery Center, Albuquerque, NM
2005 Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, four sculptures, New York, NY
2005 Sculptor/Art Consultant for the GRIP I-40/Coors Freeway Interchange Project, Albuquerque, NM
2004 University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM
2002 Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM
2002 Capitol Art Collection, New Mexico State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM
1998 New Mexico State Library, Records and Archives, Santa Fe, NM
1997 New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs, NM
1996 New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, NM
1995 Highway and Transportation Department, Albuquerque, NM
1994 Silver City Museum, Silver City, NM
1994 Hurley Community Center, Hurley, NM
1994 Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque, NM
1994 Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
1993 University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM
1987 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1985 Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, WI
1984 University of Wisconsin -Madison, 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
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

LIST OF REFERENCES

Alex L. May, P.E. -Transportation Project Manager
City of Boulder Public Works Department, Transportation Division
P.O. Box 791, Boulder, Colorado 80306-0791
Desk (303) 441-3269, Cell (303) 579-9317
MayA@bouldercolorado.gov

Jeff Lormand, R.L.A. Parsons
Principal Landscape Architect
1700 Broadway, Suite 600
Denver, CO 80033
(303) 863-7900 main
(303) 396-5691 cell
jeff.r.lormand@parsons.com

Tom Church, Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico Department of Transportation
505-231-4021
P.O. Box 1149 Santa Fe, NM, 87504-1149
General Office: (505) 827-5100
tom.church@state.nm.us

City of Norfolk
208 East Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
757-664-6883
Karen.Rudd@norfolk.gov

Sherri Brueggemann
Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
Cultural Services Department
City of Albuquerque, NM
505-768-3833
www.cabq.gov/publicart