About

Portraits and Vernacular photography form the basis of most of my work. These photographs, common in many cultures are a window into memory, identity and family dynamics. Because they are often disconnected from experienced memory, they are rich in creative possibility having the potential to create a speculative history or new memory. At first glance, they represent the normative idea of a traditional family photo, capturing moments in our collective culture. When I look at them, I do not trust the surface meaning. I know the camera has exposed another possibility and I want to create a story that is at odds with the apparent subject matter.

I do enjoy painting other subjects from time to time and experimenting with photography. That artwork can be found by clicking on the Fine Art America tab.

All of my original work and fine art prints can be purchase. Please contact me for prices and shipping details.

CV

Education

  • 2018 BFA, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

  • 2014 Coursework in Photography, Art Institute of Saint Louis

  • 1997 Masters in Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

  • 1982 BS in Psychology, Clarion University of PA, Clarion, PA

Exhibitions

  • 2018 New Mexico State University Art Gallery and the Las Cruces Museum of Art, “Here and Now”

  • 2018 New Mexico State University, Wells Hall, BFA Exhibition, “hOURs”

  • 2018 Four Points Perspective, Las Cruces NM, 10-10 Artshow 2018 Art Obscura, Las Cruces, NM, “Salon de Refusés”

  • 2018 Bank of the West, student pop-up Show, “Emergent”

  • 2018 New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces NM, “Project Postcard”

  • 2018 Picacho Hills Country Club, Las Cruces, NM, “Artist of Picacho Hills Exhibition”

  • 2018 Four Points Perspective, Las Cruces, NM, Opening Exhibition

  • 2017 Art Obscura, Las Cruces, NM, “Tiny Show”

  • 2017 MAS ART, Las Cruces, NM, Solo Show, April Ramble

  • 2017 New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces NM, “Project Postcard”

  • 2017 Picacho Hills Country Club, Las Cruces, NM, Artist of Picacho Hills Exhibition

  • 2017 New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM, Juried Student Show

  • 2017 New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM, Artist Books by New Mexico State University photography students

  • 2016 New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM Juried Student Show

  • 2015 New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM, “Your General Store” by Jason Middlebrook, installation and performative participation

Visiting Artist Lectures/Workshops

  • 2018 Assisted with Photograms Workshop during New Mexico State University Art Department Open House

  • 2018 Taught “OutsmArt” children’s workshops at New Mexico State University Art Gallery

  • 2018 Presenter for workshops associated with “Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest)” exhibition at New Mexico Stater University Art Gallery

  • 2017 Taught “OutsmArt” children’s workshops at New Mexico State University Art Gallery

  • 1993 Taught art to Somali children while deployed in East Africa

Awards

  • 2015 Photography Enthusiast of El Paso (PEEP), Best in Show “Photo Fiesta”

  • 2012 The Best of 2012, Saint Louis Photo Club, Top 100 Photos

Related Experience

  • Organized Art Student Pop-Up Show, “Emergent”, March 2018

  • Internship at New Mexico State University Art Gallery 2017-18 academic year

  • Judge for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs New Mexico 95thDistrict IV Convention Art Show, Nov 4, 2017

  • Provided ancillary photography services for the Aggie Athletic Club, New Mexico State University Media Relations, and the College of Arts and Sciences

 

Info

 

karen.conley@outlook.com

+1 314-704-9445