Karen Reimer

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© Courtesy of the artist and moniquemeloche gallery
© Courtesy of the artist and moniquemeloche gallery
Endless Set #17-29, 2007- Appliqué On Pieced Pillowcases 20 X 30 In. Each © Courtesy Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Geometry in Outer Space or Heaven #3, 2014 Collaged Paper, Fabric, Gold Leaf 23 5/16 X 27 7/8 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and moniquemeloche gallery
Geometry in Outer Space or Heaven #9, 2014 Collaged Paper, Fabric, Gold Leaf 23 5/16 X 27 7/8 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and moniquemeloche gallery
Quick Facts

American, born 1958, lives Chicago

1989 MFA, University of Chicago, Art and Design
1982 BA, Bethel College, North Newton, KS, Art major/English minor

Solo Exhibitions
2008 Endless Set, moniquemeloche, Chicago
2007 Karen Reimer: Embroideries 1999-2005, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, curated by Scott Stulen
Karen Reimer, VONZWECK, Chicago, IL
2005 Precursory Conditions and Operations, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside IL
2004 Boundary Troubles, moniquemeloche, Chicago IL
2002 Karen Reimer: Embroidered Works, Goshen College Art Gallery, Indiana
2001 Cold Comfort, collaboration with Constance Bacon Hyde Park Art Center,Chicago
1999 Karen Reimer: New Work, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Karen Reimer: Assemblages, Hesston College Gallery, Hesston, KS
1995 Karen Reimer: Selected Works, 1990-95, Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery, N. Newton, KS

Selected Group Exhibitions
2008 The Drawing Show, The Beverly Art Center, Chicago IL, curated by Brian Ritchard
Curiouser and Curiouser!, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL, curated by Alison Hatcher
The Matter At Hand, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
Raised in Craftivity, Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO curated by Maria Elena Buszek
Gender Stitchery, Carleton College Art Gallery, Northfield, MN
2006 New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily, Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, Portland, OR
Data Mining, Wallspace, New York curated by Joe Scanlan
Takeover, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, IL
Pop! Contemporary Textiles Influenced by Popular Culture, Northern Illinois University Art Museum
Not I: A Samuel Beckett Centenary Celebration, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Grid, Moser Performing Arts Center at University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
but you gave me flowers, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
by hand, curated by Shu Hung and Joe Magliaro NY location to be determined
2005 Amorphous Solid, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Catalog, SOIL Art Gallery, Seattle curated by Kristen Ramirez and Dan Rhoads
Pages, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign I Space Gallery, Chicago curated by Buzz Spector
2004 Stalemate, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago curated by Dominic Molon
Baltimore/Chicago, Decker Gallery at the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD, curated by Kerry James Marshall
Books and Shelves Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn IL
fitter happier, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, curated by Matthew Girson
Uncovered: Recent Acquisitions from the MCA Artists’ Book Collection, curated by Tricia Van Eck and Lynne Warren, MCA, Chicago
2003 Pins and Needles curated by Lena Vigna, John Michael Kohler Arts Center WI
fiber curated by Alison Hatcher, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
Really, group show curated by Tim Lowly, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago
2002 The Art Council/Chicago 2002 Grants to Individual Artists, Gallery 312, Chicago
Devil is in the Details, College of Dupage Art Gallery Curated by Anthony Elms
2001 Drawing the Thread, Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, TX
Con/textual, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
Doppelganger, Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, Chicago
Spelling, The Rye Art Center, Rye, NY
2000 Homewrecker, moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago
Mean Souls, Like Mean Pictures, are Often Found in Good Looking Frames InnerTown Pub, Chicago, IL
Out of Line, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Artist's We Like, Wall Street Project Room, New York, NY
Beret's Final Show, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL
Julie Laffin, Darrel Morris, Karen Reimer, Reicher Gallery, Barat College,Lake Forest, IL
Synthesis, Sonnenschein Gallery, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College IL
1999 Needle and Thread, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WI
Chicago Artists, 1999, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
Chicago, West Virginia State University Gallery, Morgantown, WV
The Other Book, Performance/installation, collaboration with Sally Alatalo and Susannah Kite
Strang, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, OH
1998 Quiet, site-specific group exhibition, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery, N. Newton, KS
Karen Reimer and Gail Lutsch, MacPherson College Art Gallery, KS
1997 N.E.W.S.: Jennifer Kraus, Karen Reimer, Levant Tuncer, Gallery A'pert, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Five Local Artists, Hesston College Gallery, Hesston, KS
1996 Postcard, (with Tod Parola), Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL
Vorfruhling, Galerie cb, Vienna, Austria
Book-signing/performance, collaboration with Sally Alatalo and Erika Yoemans, Printed Matter, New York, NY
1994 Know Your Poodle, (with Sonny Venice), Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL
Photographic, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Refried, Ruth Horwich Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1993 In-flux, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Mixed Messages, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
Flora and Fauna, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI
A Sequence of Forms, Installation, Illinois State Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 Not Working in L.A., Nomadic Site, Pasadena, CA
Sicut Malum Est (It resembles: 1.n,. an apple, 2. n., an evil, mischief, misfortune, calamity),
Site specific installation,collaboration with Norah Flatley, Raina Grigg, Libby Wadsworth, Divinity School, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Really Cool Artists We Thought You'd Like To See Again, Ruth Horwich Gallery, Hyde Park Art
Center, Chicago, IL
1991 Animal/Vegetable/Mineral, Installation, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago
1990 Foxtrot, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Chicago Show, Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Altered States, Ruth Horwich Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1989 A Voice in the Matter, Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
MFA, 1989, David and Alfred Smart Gallery, Chicago, IL
MFA Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Midway Studios Gallery, University of Chicago
Small Art, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL

Published Works
1996 Legendary, Lexical, Loquacious Love, Sara Ranchhouse Publishing, Chicago,IL
Forgeries, postcard series, Sara Ranchhouse Publishing, Chicago, IL
Something is motivated when it is neither arbitrary nor predictable, Whitewalls: A Journal of Language and Art, #38, pp.21-26, Chicago, IL

Selected Bibliography

2008 Biles, Jeremy. Karen Reimer: Endless Set. CAC’s Chicago Artists’ News. Vol 35, No 6, June
Artner, Alan. “Artist gave herself a system – and it paid off.” Chicago Tribune, May 16.
Klein, Paul. Art Letter, May 16
Lang, Karissa. “Portrait of the Artist: Karen Reimer” New City, May 15.
Trafton, Robin. “Arts from Crafts”. Kansas City Star. Art Section. p 22, 23
Self, Dana. “Knit Happens”. The Pitch Kansas City. Sept 20.
Livingstone, Joan and John Ploof editors. The Object of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production, The MIT Press.
Hung, Shu and Joseph Magliaro editors. By Hand: The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art, Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition.
Malooley, Jake. “Portrait: Karen Reimer”. TimeOut Chicago. April 19-25, p. 74.
“Art & Design #1 Don’t Miss”. TimeOut Chicago, April 12-18, p. 75.
2006 Roberts, Prudence F. “New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily” Selvedge issue 14
Bowie, Chas. “New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily” Portland Mercury Oct 26-Nov 1.
Neugarten, Rachel. “Embroidery, with an edge” The Oregonian Oct. 6
LoFaso, Christine. exhibition catalogue: POP! Contemporary Textiles Influenced by Popular
Cultural, Northern Illinois University Art Museum.
Hung, Sho and Joe Magliaro. By Hand, Princeton Architectural Press.
2005 Elms, Anthony. “Reviews: Pages”, Time Out Chicago, Nov. 17-24, p.56.
Wilk, Deb. “Artists to Watch”, Chicago Magazine, Nov.
Dunham, Carla. “Review: Boundary Troubles”, BRIDGE Magazine, Jan.
2004 Hawkins, Margaret. “Knit wit and abstract fun”, Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 19.
Artner, Alan. “Karen Reimer’s ephemera is transformed”, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 5.
Selected Bibliography continued
Artner, Alan. “Happier’ embraces technology through paintings, needlework”, Chicago Tribune,
April 8.
2003 Auer, James. “Sheboygan center draws accolades on own terms”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 25, p.3E.
2002 Stein, Lisa. “What you see isn't what you get, 'really'”, Chicago Tribune, May 16, sec.7, p.29.
Lenoir, Lisa. “Art represents life”, Chicago Sun-Times, May 11.
Farstad, Julie. “Karen Reimer”, interview with Julie Farstad, Mouth to Mouth, winter 2003.
Karen Reimer, “Reading Between the Lines”, Site of Big Shoulders.
Regier, Ami. “Interview with Karen Reimer on language, legibility, and visual art”, Bethel College
News. Spring 2000. 32+.
2001 Ewing, John. “Darning Tradition”, San Antonio Current, Nov. 1-7.
Goddard, Dan R. “Stitchers Turn Threads into Artwork”, S.A.LIFE, Oct. 26.
Blasko, K. "Chicago Reviews: Doppelganger", New Art Examiner, May-June, vol.28, no.8/9, p.84.
Finch, Leah. “Constance Bacon and Karen Reimer: Hyde Park Art Center”, NewArtExaminer, p.66.
Catalogue: Northern Illinois University Art Gallery in Chicago, Doppelganger. D. Dominick Lombardi. "At the Gallery/with Randall Davis: A Show of Works by Women That Expand Language in Art", The New York Times, Jan. 21.
Clark-Junkins, Margot. "Spelling: Women, Art and Language", The Rye Record, Jan. 18, vol.6, issue 1.
2000 Purcell, Greg. "Reviews: Mean Souls, Like Mean Pictures, are Often Found in Good- looking Frames", New Art Examiner, Oct., vol.28, no.2, p.56.
Snodgrass, Susan. "Review of Exhibitions, Chicago: Karen Reimer at Beret International",
Art In America, February, vol.88, no.2, p.134-35.
Zdanovics, Olga . "Reviews: Karen Reimer, Beret International Gallery", New Art Examiner,
Dec/Jan. 1999/2000, vol.27, no.4, p.50.
Artner, Alan. "Art Review", Chicago Tribune, May 4, sec. 5.
Catalogue: The Chicago Cultural Center, Out of Line: Drawings By Illinois Artists. (Chicago, 2000)
1999 Camper, Fred. "Human Touches". Chicago Reader, Sept. 30-Oct.6, sec.1, p.34.
Artner, Alan. "Art Review", Chicago Tribune, Thurs, Sept. 30, Tempo section, p.2.
Hawkins, Margaret. "Comic Reliefs", Chicago Sun-Times, July 2.
Tranberg, Dan. "The Other Book: The Book as Image and Object in Art", Dialogue, May/June,
vol.22, no.3, pp.19-20.
Catalogue: Cleveland State University Art Gallery, The Other Book
1998 Specter, Buzz. "Studioview: Karen Reimer", New Art Examiner, Nov., vol.26, no.3, p.44.
The Hutchinson News, Feb. 8, sec.B, p.1.
1997 On Paper, vol.1, no.4, March/April, pp.46-47.
1996 Artner, Alan. "Reimer, Parola Join Offbeat Sensibilities", Chicago Tribune, March 21.
1993 Artner, Alan. "Art in 3-D", Chicago Tribune, Feb .7, sec.13, p.14.
Duffy, Robert W. "Getting the Message: Knowledge Distilled”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sept. 19, p.3.
1990 Catalogue: The Hyde Park Art Center, Altered States. Chicago.
Catalogue: The Chicago Cultural Center, The Chicago Show. Chicago.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
2002 The Art Council 2002 Chicago Grants for Individual Artists
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Grant


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