About

BIO

Michael Kareken is a Minneapolis-based artist and Professor of painting & drawing at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. He has received grants from The Bush Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, Arts Midwest, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and The Vogelstein Foundation.  He was a recipient of The Louise Nevelson Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and was awarded a residency fellowship from the Millay Colony for the Arts. Kareken's work is in the collections of The Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, and The Minnesota Historical Society, among others.  He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally, including in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Santa Fe, and is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS:

  • Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017, 2014, 2011, 2007, 2000, 1996)

  • Bush Artist Fellowship (2010, 2000)

  • McKnight Artist Fellowship (2009)

  • Faculty Support Grant, Minneapolis College or Art & Design (2017, 2009, 2007, 2005)

  • Arts Midwest/Regional NEA Fellowship (1996)

  • Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant (1993)

  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1990)

  • Ralph Fabri Prize for Graphics, National Academy of Design (2002)

  • Award for Printmaking, National Academy of Design (2000)

  • Purchase Award, Minnesota National Print Biennial (1998)

  • Louise Nevelson Award in Art, American Academy of Arts & Letters (1997)

  • Childe Hassam Purchase Award, American Academy of Arts & Letters (1997)

  • Drawing Award, National Academy of Design (1996)

  • Juror's Award, Drawing 1993, Harris Fine Art Center, Brigham Young University (1993)

  • Millay Colony for the Arts Residency Fellowship (1988)

  • Vermont Studio Colony Residency (1986)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • Shadows & Reflections, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

  • Scrap Works, Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (2017)

  • Parts, Burnet Gallery/Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

  • Salvage, Groveland Gallery (2012)

  • Solo Exhibition, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Kenosha, WI (2012)

  • Salvaged Views, Staniar Gallery, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA (2011)

  • Paper, Glass, Metal, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2010)

  • Scrap, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2009)

  • Urban Forest, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2007)

  • Recent Paintings & Drawings, Groveland Gallery (2005)

  • Paintings & Drawings, Groveland Gallery (2002)

  • Drawings & Prints, Furlong Gallery, University of Wisconsin/Stout, Menomonie, WI (2000)

  • Interiors, Groveland Gallery (1999)

  • Recent Prints & Drawings, Groveland Gallery (1997)

  • First Street Gallery, New York, NY (1996)

  • College of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN (1996)

  • Carleton College, Northfield, MN (1994)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehana University, Selinsgrove, PA (2017)

  • Sea to Sea, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016)

  • Recent Acquisitions: Art Since 1945, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN (2014)

  • Fruitful & Multiplying, Bloomington Art Center/Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

  • Faculty Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN (2013)

  • Tenses of Landscape, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (2012)

  • Art on the Plains, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND (2012)

  • The Raging Red And The Mighty Mississippi, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN (2011)

  • Oil and Water, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI (2011)

  • Drawing The Figure, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2011)

  • In The Heart Of The Whirlwind, The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN (2011)

  • Inside-Out, Hennes Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2011)

  • TRASH, NY Studio Gallery, New York, NY (2010)

  • McKnight Visual Artists Exhibition, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2010)

  • Common Sense: Art & The Quotidian, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN (2010)

  • Impact, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN (2010)

  • Father/Son Art Exhibit, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN (2009)

  • Touch: A Survey of Contemporary Drawings, Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN (2009)

  • Recent Acquisitions, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN (2009)

  • The Practice of Drawing: Selections from the Weisman Art Museum, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2008)

  • Art on the Plains Biennial Exhibition, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND (2008)

  • Beyond Green, Public Art St. Paul, St. Paul, MN (2007)

  • A Terrible Beauty, Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA (2006)

  • Everything Under the Sun: Art, Sustainability & Design, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN (2006)

  • Drawing the Line, St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN (2006)

  • Summer Escape: Traversing the Collection, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN (2005)

  • Go Figure, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY (2005)

  • Works onPaper, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2004)

  • Uncanny Visions: Contemporary Romantic Landscapes, Plains Museum, Fargo, ND (2004)

  • Groveland Gallery at CVA, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN (2003)

  • 25h Anniversary “Selections” Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2003)

  • 177th Annual Exhibition (Invitational), National Academy Museum, NY, NY (2002)

  • Recent Art Acquisitions, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN (2002)

  • Contemporary Art on Paper, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2001)

  • Recent Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2001)

  • Works on Paper, Van de Griff Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2000)

  • 175th Annual ExhibitionNational Academy Museum, New York, NY (2000)

  • Prints & Processes, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2000)

  • Realism Knows No Bounds, Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (1999)

  • Recent Acquisitions, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN (1999)

  • 173rd Annual Exhibition, National Academy Museum, New York, NY (1998)

  • Minnesota National Print Biennial, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1998)

  •  Realism?, DFN Gallery, New York, NY (1998)

  • Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (1997)

  • Forces of Nature, St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN (1997)

  • Windows, Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (1997)

  • Michael Kareken/Jan Erion - Prints & Drawings, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, WA (1997)

  • 171st Annual ExhibitionNational Academy of Design, New York, NY (1996)

  • Award Winners from the 171st Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design (1996)

  • The Resurgence of Representation, First Street Gallery, New York, NY (1996)

  • Earth Air Fire Water, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (1996)

  • Drawings Midwest, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN (1995)

  • Art & the Law, Travelling exhibition sponsored by West Publishing (1995)

  • The Art of the Print, University Center Art Gallery, Rochester Community College, Rochester, MN (1995)

  • Prints & PaperSan Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA (1994)

  • Black & White, First Story Gallery, Louisville, KY (1994)

  • Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Eppink Art Gallery, Emporia State University Emporia, KS (1993)

  • Drawing 1993, Harris Fine Art Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (1993)

  • American Drawing Biennial II, The Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA (1990)

  • Selections 42, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (1988)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

  • The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

  • Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN

  • Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN

  • University of Wisconsin/Stout, Menomonie, WI

  • University of Wisconsin/Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI

  • Eureka Recycling, St. Paul, MN

  • Penn Central Corporation, Cincinnati, OH

  • West Publishing, Eagan, MN

  • Brooklyn College/CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

TEACHING:  Professor of Fine Arts, Minneapolis College of Art & Design (1996 - Present)