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B. 1965 USA

Karen uses the Kansas prairie as inspiration for her vibrant and meditative paintings. 

Color and pattern 

interweave to create distinctive works.

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Karen Matheis captures the natural harmony of the open spaces of land near her home in Lawrence Kansas. Geometric pattern document human infrastructure. Karen’s color palette is guided by season observations,

nostalgia, and peaceful balance. 



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Piece Work/Peace Work, Solo Exhibition. Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri, Spring 2022

River Meander Solo Exhibition, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri,  Spring 2019

Color Block Solo Exhibition, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, Spring 2016

Chronic City Solo Exhibition, The Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas. November 14 -January 3, 2015.

I Feel Love Solo Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas June 27-July 26, 2014

Only The Best Group Show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas November 2013-February 2014

Works on Paper: Summer Solo Show, Wheatfields: June 1-August 11, 2013

Roadscapes: A View from Here to There: Solo Show, Pachamamas, April- May, 2013

Make Love Group Show: The Percolator Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas January 25-Feruary 19, 2013

The Story of Chickens: Group Show: Percolator Gallery: Lawrence, Kansas March 30- April 21, 2012

Dannon Art Project: A Living Studio: Group Show: The Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas  January 23-March 29, 2012

New Works by Karen Matheis: Solo Show Landmark, Lawrence, Kansas, January 20-April 7, 2012

Landscapes: Wheatfield’s, Solo Show Lawrence, Kansas, 2011, June 5-August 7, 2011

Dr. Sketchy, Kulter-Etage, Hannover, Germany, February 26-April 12, 2011 

Fresh Start, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas, January 28-March 11, 2011

K-10  Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, Kansas,  December1- December 31, 2010

University of Kansas Inspired Works of Art: Kansas Union Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas, May, 2009

Trees I have Known: Juried Exhibition, Percolator Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas March 14-May 3 2009

Art Stamps; Percolator Gallery; Group Exhibition; Lawrence, Kansas, May, 11-June 8,  2008

Conversations with a Pink Chair; Solo Exhibition; Wheatfield’s; Lawrence, Kansas, May, 2007

LOYO (Lawrence Own Your Own): Juried Group Show, Lawrence Arts Center Gallery; Lawrence: December, 2006



Notable Collections: 

University of Kansas Hospital, Cambridge Tower, Commission for Lobby, Kansas City, Kansas

Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa

Albrecht- Kemper Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri

Barnes Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri

PNC Mortgage, Louisville, Kentucky

Landmark Bank, Lawrence, Kansas

Citizen’s Bank, Belleville, Kansas

Missouri Bank, Kansas City, Missouri

Waddell and Reed Financial, Inc, Overland Park, Kansas

Federal Home Loan of Topeka, Topeka,  Kansas

Contemporary Printmaking Collection: Bowling Green State University



BFA Painting, University of Kansas, 1991



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