KAREN KUNC



Born 1952 in Omaha Nebraska
Nebraska born artist Karen Kunc completed her graduate studies in painting and printmaking at Ohio State University (M.F.A., 1977) and then returned home in 1985 to teach printmaking at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, her undergraduate alma mater (B.F.A., 1975). Since this time, the Great Plains landscape in and around her home in Avoca, Nebraska has infiltrated her imagery and inspired her palette. Primeval geology, however, also intrigued the artist at the time of her residency when she worked with UNO student Wendy Wiggs on the first four runs of the edition. The artist's chop is on right side edge. The recipient of the 2000 Governor's Art Award, Kunc is known internationally for her color reduction woodcut process, which requires a single woodblock carved, inked, and printed in successive stages rather than one block for each color as required for a traditional color woodcut print. She demonstrated her process during an interview with Graham Beal, former director of the Joslyn Art Museum, which was broadcasted on NET State Wide on August 30, 1993.She produced two sets of three woodblocks, also inspired by rural Nebraska landscapes, for the 1992 Abattoir Editions release of Ron Hansen's short story Nebraska. Kunc and UNO professor Bonnie O'Connell hand printed the edition of 500 copies under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007, Karen Kunc was awarded the Printmaker Emeritus Award by the Southern Graphics Council which coincided with a 30 year retrospective exhibition at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City.




Ancient Geology
1987; color woodcut on Kaji Natural 100% Kozo Paper; sheet: 24 1/2 x 39 (61.87 x 98.42); edition of 30