KAREN ELIZABETH JENSON

TRESTUEN GALLERY

Karen's email:  kejenson@fedtel.net


EXHIBITS

1996 Trestuen Gallery in Milan, MN. In celebration of the Swedish American Sesquicentennial, Karen had constructed, decorated a traditional armoire, bed and wall canopy.

1995 -1997 Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a Tradition cosponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art, New York City and the Norwegian Folk Museum, Oslo for traveling exhibit in the US and Norway. Her work was represented by canopy bed.

1992 Art and Life, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

1990 Fifty Paintings in Dalecarlian Art, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN

1989 Circles of Tradition: Folk Art in Minnesota, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. Funde by the University of Minnesota and the National Endowment for the Arts

1988 White House, Washington, DC: Invited to paint an Easter egg for the White House Egg Roll Event

1988 Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City SD: Exhibited and taught Rosemaling

1986 Minnesota State Capitol Building, Saint Paul, MN: Photo Exhibit organized by the Weisman Art Museum

1974-2007 Nordic Fest, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, IA: exhibited and taught Rosemaling


AWARDS

2006 Prairie Star Award presented by the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council 2002 Swedish Dala Painting Exhibit and Competition, Scandia, MN: Blue ribbon and Swedish Crystal Award recipient for large traditional cupboard

2000-2001 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

2000 Swedish Dala Painting Exhibit and Competition at Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, MN: Blue Ribbon on a Mora clock

1990-1991 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

1988-1989 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

1988 Selected for inclusion in Craft of America: A Guide to Traditional American Crafts by Constance Stapleton, published by Harper & Row

1987 Best of Show, National Rosemaling Exhibit, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, IA

1979 Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, IA

1976-1979 First, Second and Third Places, Best of Show, National Rosemaling Exhibit, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, IA


COMMISSIONS

2009 Commissioned to paint a handmade box camera 5” x7” fitted with a rack and pinion petsval lens, a collaboration with Cedric Chatterly. Camera made specifically to take a photo of Karen Jenson, the camera will be placed in the Rare Books, Manuscripts and Special Collections Library at Duke University, in the ongoing collection of Cedric Chatterly’s work.

2008 Minnesota Historical Society, Traditional Winged Ale Bowl Bowl painted by Karen Jenson/ carved by Hans Sandom

2007 Large Mora Clock for the Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, MN

2003 Two murals for the Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, MN 2002 Large cupboard for the Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, MN

2001 Private commission: Four built-in beds, two desks and a gatehouse kitchen in Brainerd, MN area

1997 Painted a 20 foot high replica of a traditional Swedish tile stove and wall mural depicting the Steps of Live, Scandia Shores Independent Living Apartments, Shoreview, MN

1996 Painted ceilings in two private residences in New York and New Jersey

1994 Private commission: Traditional Putty Graining on seven foot Swedish Crown Cupboard with panels of Kurbits flower forms and scenes. Traditional Armoire with lasured ground and panels of Swedish Kurbits flower forms and scenes

1990-1993 Norsk Hostfest, Minot, ND. One 60’ x 8’ mural and five 8’ murals 1992 Private commission. Los Altos Hills, CA. Bookcase and 18’ x 30’ ceiling 1985 Combined work on a painting with wildlife artist Les Kouba

1974-2007 Private commissions: Numerous Ceilings, door panels, wall murals which combined figures with traditional Rosemaling in private homes, churches, banks and store fronts


ARTISTIC INVESTIGATION

2002 Swedish Dalecarlian wall painting class with Tage Andersson from Sweden, Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, MN

1999 Swedish Dalecarlian wall painting class with Lisa Dahlfjord Nelson, Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, MN

1991 Watercolor class with Rose Eden: Grant awarded through Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council, funded by the McKnight Foundation

1985 Charcoal drawing, Atelier Lack, Minneapolis, MN

1979 Swedish wall painting class with Bengt Engman from Vansbro, Sweden: Special Rosemaling Seminars, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, IA

1973-2007 Studied with other Rosemaling instructors from Norway at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, IA


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1986 Presented seminar on small business career options and interior design possibilities, Williston State College. Set up an exhibit in the public library, Williston, ND

1973 - 2007 Specialized classes presented in the artist’s home and gallery

1988 - 2007 Introductory and advanced Rosemaling and Swedish Dalecarlian painting. Milan Village Arts School,Milan MN

1973 - 1995 Classes offered throughout the Midwest, and in Canada, Arizona, New Mexico, California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut





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