About

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Bio

“Schulz brings an amazing sense of spontaneity to form and line, achieving in pieced shapes and sewn marks the effortless stroke of a painter’s brush.” Art Martin, Quilt National 2017 catalogue. Art is associate curator/collections manager at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

The fiber compositions of Karen Schulz have been described as sophisticated, elegant, and lively with a notable attention to detail and craftsmanship. Her work references a careful consideration of line, shape, color and texture resulting in images which seem to issue an invitation to enter and linger. Schulz’s work has been accepted into many national and international competitions, and has been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. She has garnered many awards including most recently a Juror’s Choice award at Quilt National 2017, Best in Show at Quilt National 2015, Best in Fiber at the Creative Crafts Council Exhibition 2015 and Best in Show at the Quilts=Art=Quilts 2018 Exhibition.

Born, raised and educated in the Northeast US, Schulz has resided in the DC area for the last 44 years. While she has used a sewing machine since the age of 9 and created original, one of a kind quilts for the last 40 years, she came to artistic expression later in life and has pursued her art seriously and full time for the last 12 years studying with many notable artists in the field.

In the last three years Schulz has begun to explore acrylic and mixed media on paper. These efforts grew out of a frustration with the limits of working with cloth and a sewing machine to make marks. Each media influences the other as she works back and forth, sometimes merging the two worlds.

Statement

 My work is first and foremost a careful consideration of formal design elements. I am drawn to the tension created by the simultaneous holding of opposites. Circles and squares, stasis and movement, light and dark, the flat plane and three dimensional space, and most recently the hand drawn line and the sewn seam line; each is needed to highlight the other. It is through a disciplined use of design elements that I find joy in creating compositions that take the breath away, riveting the viewer to a point of perception where time and place fade away. My effort is to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.  *a note on form and content:  While the major impetus for my work grows out of the formalist tradition, I recognize there can be no form without content, no content without form.  Typically for me content seems to arise out of form.  

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Resume 2018

Solo Exhibitions On the Edge, 2019 The Delaplaine Center for the Arts, Frederick, Maryland Organic Geometry, 2012 Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington, DC Karen Schulz: Thread Work, 2011 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD

Two Person Exhibiton A Reverence for Cloth, 2015, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD

Small Group Juried Exhibition ReCompose, 2015, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD

Invitational Group Exhibitions Patchwork Design 2019 CONTENPORANEO- Exposicao Internacional de Arte Textil, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil Off the Grid, 2018, Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring, MD Color Improvisations 2, 2016-2020, Tuch+Technik Textile Museum, Neumunster,Germany, France, Switzerland, USA 2016 Invitational, Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda, MD Art-Craft-Art 2014, Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD Contemporary Fiber Works, 2012 The Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD Mixing It Up, 2011 Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring, MD

Selected Juried Shows Art Quilt Elements 2018, Juror’s Choice Award, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Quilt Visions Biennial 2018: Connections, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA Quilts=Art=Quilts 2018, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York Quilts=Art=Quilts 2017, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York Quilt National 2017, Juror’s Choice Award, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio Quilt Visions Biennial 2016: Breakout, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA Art Quilt Elements 2016, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Quilt National 2015, Best in Show, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH Quilts=Art=Quilts 2015, First Place, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY Creative Crafts Council Exhibition 2015, First Place in Fiber, Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD CraftForms 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Quilts=Art=Quilts 2014, Schweinfurth Award for Design Excellence, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY Quilt Visions 2014: The Sky’s the Limit, The Ann Pitzer Prize, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA Form Not Function 2014, Carnegie Center for the Arts, New Albany IN Deux: Two Ideas, Two Inspirations, Two Complimentary Quilts, SAQA Exhibition 2014,Czechoslovakia, France, Italy Tribute to Fiber Arts 2014, Best in Show, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD Art Quilt Elements 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Creative Crafts Council Exhibition 2013, First Place in Fiber, Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD Quilts=Art=Quilts 2013, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY Evolutions 2012, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO Fiber Options: Material Explorations, 2012 MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD Artist as Quiltmaker XV, 2012 FAVA Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio Quilts=Art=Quilts 2013, Schweinfurth Award for Design Excellence, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY Tyed, Dyed and Woven, 2012 Popcorn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD Tribute to Fiber Art 2011, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD Creative Crafts Council Show at the Strathmore 2011, Rockville, MD Tribute to Fiber Art 2010, Best in Show, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD Quilts=Art=Quilts 2010, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY Quilted Surface VI Ross Art Gallery, Columbus OH Tribute to Fiber Art 2010, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD Quilts=Art=Quilts 2009, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY Conversations in Fabric 2009, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus Ohio SAQA: Points of View 2009, multiple venues Creative Crafts Council at the Strathmore 2009 Rockville, MD Tribute to Fiber Art 2009, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD Form, not Function Quilt Art at the Carnegie 2009 New Albany, IN Threadlines 2008 Springfield MO SAQA: Amazing Art Quilts 2008 Staunton, VA 2008 National Small Art Quilt Works Exhibition Groton NY 2007 Quilts: A World of Beauty Houston TX 2007 Quilter’s Heritage Celebration Lancaster PA The Sky’s The Limit 2007 Houston TX 2007 Creative Crafts Council Bethesda MD In Full Bloom III 2006 Houston TX Lower Town Arts District Quilt Walk 2006 Paducah KY 2006 Quilter’s Heritage Celebration Lancaster PA