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Coral Reef, 2013 Photography © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Red Weave, 2013 Digital Art © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Abstract with Cleat and Line, 2013 Mixed Media © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Rainbow Forms, 2013 24" X 24" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Tropical Jungle, 2013 Digital Art 24" X 24" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Frenetic, 2013 Digital Art 30" X 40" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Colorful Garden, 2013 Digital Art © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Marbled Oval, 2013 Digital Art 24" X 18" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Marine Refractions Abstract, 2013 Digital Art © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Celestial, 2014 Photography 36" X 24" © © 2014 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Twilight and Dawn, 2013 Digital Art 18 X 24" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Rocketship, 2013 Photography © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Aquatic Feathers, 2013 Digital Art Printed On Canvas 36" X 24" © Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Saxy Silhouette, 2013 Mixed Media 20" X 16" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Balance beam silhouette, 2013 Mixed Media © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Sunset on Ice, 2014 Photography/Digital Art © © 2014 Karen I. Hirsch
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Icy Blues in Gold, 2014
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Blue Ice Falling in Gold, 2014 Photography © © 2014 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Aquatic Fantasy, 2/25/14 Photography © © 2014 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Cutting through the Waves, 2013 Photography © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Architectural Oval, 2013 Photography © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Brown and Ivory Oval, 2013 Photography © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Milwaukee Egg Shell, 2013 Photography 24
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Architectural Pearl, 2013 Photography 18" X 24" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Architectural Spring, 2013 Photography © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Bullseye in Yellow, 2013 Photography 19" X 13" © © 2013 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Under the Sea, 2014
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Pi R Squared in Blue, 2015 © © 2015 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Prickly Abstract, 2017
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Flight of the Super Heroes, 2015 Digital Art © © 2015 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Pilot in Transit, 2015
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Karen I. Hirsch, 2014 Photography 36" X 24" © © 2014 Karen I. Hirsch All Rights Reserved
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Spring Has Sprung, 2015 Photography © 2015 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Melody in Yellow, 2013 Digital Art 30"X30" © © 2013 Karen I. HIrsch All rights reserved
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Ignite, 2016 Photography © © 2016 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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500 Pound Gorilla, 2017 Photography © © 2017 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Greek Graphic, 2017
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Jester, 2018 Photography © © 2018 Karen I. Hirsch
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Pathway, 2017 Digital Art © © 2018 Karen I. Hirsch
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Quilt pattern, 2018 Photography © © 2018 Karen I. Hirsch All rights reserved
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Education:

1975 University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana - M.A. Spanish Literature

1973  University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana - B.A. Teaching of French 

1972  Université de Rouen - France - 3ème degré

1974 -1975  University of Barcelona, Spain - Spanish Studies 

1971-1972  University of Rouen, France - French Studies 

 

Fellowships

1975  Fulbright Extension - Photographic Workshop at Spectrum Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

1974-1975  Fulbright Grant  - Travel Grant to Spain - First Teaching Assistant Exchange 

between the University of Illinois and the University of Barcelona

 

Grants

2003  Illinois Arts Council

1994  Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs - IL Photography Grant 

1990  Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs - IL  Photography Grant

 

Awards

2013  Masters Cup International Color Photo Competition - Nominee-Abstracts

2012  International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention - Fine Art/Abstract series

2011  The Art-Exchange - Winner of  “Your Art on Your Website” Competition

2010  First Place-Alteration of Reality - Fort Dearborn International Photography Competition 

2009  Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee - Abstracts

2009  International Photography Awards- Honorable Mention/Fine Art

2009  PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris - Honorable Mention/Profession

2007  International Color Awards Masters Cup - Two Nominees in Sports  

2007 Black & White Spider Awards - Architecture, Abstracts, Silhouettes, Sports 

2006  Adobe Digital Imaging International Competition - Honorable Mention

2004  Adobe Digital Imaging International Competition - Honorable Mention 

2003  International Photography Awards - Portraits-Honorable Mention 

2003   Honored by the Women’s Apparel Board as Contributor to the Arts in Chicago

 

2001 Finalist in the Millennium Project - Worldwide project involving 3000  photographers 

2000  Participant in City 2000 Project - documenting Chicago in the year 2000 

1999  ASMP/Fuji Astia Competition - Grand Prize  

1993  Communication Arts Photo Annual  

1992  Named Illinois Artisan by the State of Illinois 

1992  Studio Magazine Awards - Two Merit Awards   Group

1991  Best of Show - Silver - Creative People Awards - Chicago  

1990  Best of Show - Creative People Awards - Chicago 

1989 Third Place - Impact Through Applied Photography National Competition 

1980 Special Merit Award - Ilford International Competition 

1977 Special Merit Award - Eastman Kodak Competition 

1977 First Place - Chicago Daily News Competition  

1973 Phi Beta Kappa 

 

Special Projects:

Rizhao in the Eyes of Foreign Photographers  2007 - One of ten photographers invited by the Chinese government to photograph the city of Rizhao 

Co-organizer - “The Millennium Project Exhibit” O’Hare Airport - Chicago  2001 

Producer - Lecture Series -Fort Dearborn Chicago Photo Forum  2000 

Producer - "24 Hours in Chicago”  1987 

Organized 24 hour photo shoot of Chicago in which 87 photographers created l4,000 im ages resulting in traveling photo exhibit and calendar -fundraiser for not-for-profit photo group  

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2013 Millennium Fine Art Gallery - Chicago, IL  “Shape, Rattle & Roll”

2003  Richard J. Daley Civic Center - Chicago, IL  “My Chicago” 

1993  University Club of Chicago - Chicago, IL

1990  FCB Center, Chicago, IL

 

Group Exhibitions:

2012 - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art - Snap-to-Grid Exhibition,  Los Angeles, CA

2012 - Chicago Community Bank - Chicago, IL - Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum Exhibit for Chicago Artists Month 

2012 - Raymond James - Chicago, IL 

2011 - Raymond James Art Exhibit - Chicago, IL 

2011 Morpho Gallery - Chicago, IL  Winners - Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum’s  International Competition

2010 Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, IL  GraphiStudio Exhibit

2008 Center of Fine Art Photography - Fort Collins, CO

2005  Around the Coyote - Chicago, IL

2002  The Other Boat Show - FlatFile Gallery - Chicago, IL - Featured Photographer

2002 The Illinois Artisans’ Exhibit - James R. Thompson Center- Chicago, IL

2001 The Millennium Project - O’Hare Airport - International Terminal -Chicago, IL

2000 Farnsworth House Exhibit by Chicago Architectural Foundation - Chicago, IL

1996 Causes Exhibit - Marshall Field’s on State Street - Chicago, IL

1995 The Concept House - River Woods, IL

1994 True Colors Exhibit - Partners Against Racism - House of Language - Chicago, IL

1992 Art Gallery of Ontario - Toronto, Canada

1992 Creative People Awards - Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery - Chicago, IL

1992 Eastman Kodak Exhibit - Photo Midwest - McCormick Place - Chicago, IL

1992 Visions of Hope - United Way Traveling Exhibit 

1990  ASMP Exhibit - Chicago, IL  The 150th Year

1992  Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery - Chicago, IL  Creative People Awards Exhibit

1991  Chicago Architectural Foundation - C. D. Peacock - Chicago, IL 

1991 Creative People Awards Exhibit - Erie Street Gallery - Chicago, IL

1990 The Chicago Show 2 - Willie Gallery - Chicago, IL

1988 State of Illinois Building -Chicago, IL  24 Photos from 24 Hours in Chicago, 

1989 Dearborn Station - Chicago, IL 24 Photos from 24 Hours in Chicago

1988 City Hall - Chicago, IL 24 Photos from 24 Hours in Chicago

1977 Eastman Kodak International Gallery - New York, NY

1977 Photographics Gallery - Chicago, IL

 

Published Photos - Magazines and Newspapers 

Advertising Age 

Adweek 

Avenue M 

Architectural Digest 

Blinker Magazine 

Brandweek 

Chicago Magazine 

The Chicago Sun Times 

The Chicago Tribune 

Create 

Commonwealth Edison Magazine 

Editor & Publisher 

First Chicago Directory 

Forbes Magazine 

Foto Scene (Germany) 

Four Seasons Magazine 

Great Lakes Sailor 

Horse & Horseman 

Illinois Travel Guide 

Inside Print

Media Decisions

Michigan Avenue Magazine

Men’s Fitness

Millimeter Magazine

Nexus

OBG Management

Photo District News

Rangefinder Magazine

Sail

Sailing World

Screen 

Shutterbug Magazine

Soundings

Travel/Holiday

Travel Pages

Where Magazine

Woman's World

Wrigley Company Magazine

Yachting

Published Photos -Books and Calendars

Black & White International Spider Awards Calendar - 2007 

Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die - 2006 Stewart, Tabori & Chang 

Chicago-City in the Spotlight - 2001 Towery Publishing 

Dawn of the 21st Century - 2000 - Smashing Times Publishing 

This Land is Your Land - 2000 - Harry Abrams Publishing, for the Smithsonian 

Illinois Calendar 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, l997 - Graphic Arts Center Publishing 

Chicago - Heart and Soul of America -1998- Towery Publishing 

The Farnsworth House -1997- Lohan Associates 

Lake Michigan - 1997 - Franklin Watts Press 

New York City-1997 -Towery Publishing

DuPage County-Illinois - 1996- Towery Publishing 

Colorado Springs - Rocky Mountain Majesty -1995 - Towery Publishing 

Chicago - Second to None 1993 - Towery Publishing 

Graphis Photo 1989 

Best of Photography Annual l990, l989 - Serbin Publications 

Encylopaedia Britannica 

 

Broadcast

WTTW -Chicago Tonight -2003 - Interview with Bob Sirott

 

Bibliography

Maria Piscopo “Can You Make It As a Travel Photographer,” Shutterbug Magazine 2012 

The Lab Apollo - Featured Photographer of the Month - Karen I. Hirsch 2010 (Online)

Marcy Mason  “Chicago’s Photo Documentarian Gets Another Moment in the Spotlight” Chicago Tribune Front Page Temp Section  2003

Cara Glatt  “Photographer Sets Town to Lights” Hyde Park Herald 2003

Al Debat “Portfolio - Karen I. Hirsch” ASMP Loupe 1995

 

Lectures/Presentations

2011Chicago Area Photo School - Chicago, IL   “The Who, What, When, Where and How of Marketing”

2008  Calumet Photo - Chicago, IL  “Rizhao China, In the Eyes of Foreign Photographers”

 

Workshops/Portfolio Reviews

2012 Klein Artist Works - Business of Fine Art, Chicago, IL

2011 Palm Springs Photo Festival - Palm Springs, CA

2006- FotoFusion- Palm Beach Workshop - Delray Beach, FL

1996 FotoFusion- Palm Beach Workshop - Delray Beach, FL

1990 Maine Photographic Workshop - Arnold Newman Class - Rockport, ME

1988 Anderson Ranch - Jay Maisel Class - Aspen, CO

1987 Maine Photographic Workshop - International Congress - Rockport, ME

1983 Maine Photographic Workshop - Ernst Haas Class - Rockport, ME

 

Associations

Present : Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum Board of Directors

2008-2010 Fort Dearborn Chicago Photo Forum - President

2001 Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce - Chair of Technology Interest Group

1991-1999 American Society of Magazine Photographers/Chicago/Midwest -Board of Directors 

 

Collections:

Arthur Anderson

CSC Index

Center for Fine Art Photography - Fort Collins, Colorado

Corner Bakery

Motorola

Rush Prudential

Numerous Private Collections

 

Professional Experience

1983-1991 In-house Photographer/Magazine Editor for Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising - Chicago, IL

 

Related Education

2013  University of Chicago - Chicago, IL  Business for Artists - Lynn Basa instructor

2001  Wright College, Skokie, IL - Painter software

1994  Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL Computer Graphics

1977-1980  Columbia College, Chicago, IL  Film and Video