My work is first and foremost a careful consideration of formal design elements. I am drawn to the tension created by the simultaneous holding of opposites. Circles and squares, stasis and movement, light and dark, the flat plane and three dimensional space; each is needed to highlight the other. It is through a disciplined use of design elements that I find joy in creating compositions that explore ultimately what it means to be human. My love of the hand drawn line is evident in my work as we move closer to it’s disappearance from the everyday lexicon.

While the major impetus for my work grows out of the formalist tradition, I recognize there can be no form without content, no content without form. Typically for me content seems to arise out of form.

Photography - Sheila Frampton Cooper (Website)



“Art is not about exclusive experiences. Art is not about something the artist knows; it is about something we all know. It recapitulates life. We all share a creative goal with art. The goal is difficult; it is an invitation to change the world. We can expect that our strength will be spent, used up in a difficult struggle . . . But the “difficult” has never been a reason for not trying. And perhaps in the end the only unforgivable sin is the refusal to try.” - Brother Thomas Bezanson as cited in  Creation Out of Clay  the Ceramic Art and Writings of Brother Thomas, edited and compiled by Rosemary Williams, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999.

The fiber compositions of Karen Schulz have been described as sophisticated, elegant, and lively with a notable attention to detail and craftsmanship. Her work references a unique consideration of line, shape, color and texture where the quilted line and couched line contribute significantly to the overall impact of the work. Schulz’s work has been accepted into many national and international competitions, and has been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. She has garnered many awards including most recently Best of Show in Quilt National 2015, First Place in Quilts=Art=Quilts 2015, and Best in Fiber, Creative Crafts Council 2015 Exhibition.

Born, raised and educated in the Northeast US, Schulz has resided in the DC area for the last 38 years. A clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice treating children, families and adults, Schulz recently closed her office to devote herself entirely to art making. While she has used a sewing machine since the age of 9 and created original, one of a kind quilts for the last 35 years, she came to artistic expression later in life and has pursued her art seriously and full time for the last 10 years studying extensively with Nancy Crow and many notable artists in the field.


Selected Exhibitions

2016
Contemporary Art Quilts, Invitational, Earlville Opera House, Multi Arts Center, Earlville, NY
Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA
Quilts=Art=Quilts 2016, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
My Corner of the World International, Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario
Art in Embassies Program, Ambassador’s Residence, Managua, Nicaragua
Color Improvisations II, Tuch+Technik Textile Museum, Neumunster, Germany
Color Improvisations II, St. Marie aux Mines, France
Focus: Fiber 2016, Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH
Waverly Street Invitational 2016, Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda, MD
Art Quilt Elements 2016, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2015
Quilt National 2015, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
Form Not Function 2015, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN
30th Biennial Creative Crafts Council Exhibition, Strathmore Arts Center, The Mansion, Rockville, MD
MD Art @ College Park, Maryland Federation of Art, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
A Reverence for Cloth: Lorie McCown and Karen Schulz, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
ReCompose, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

2014
Quilt Visions 2014: The Sky’s the Limit, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
New Directions ’14, 29th Annual National Contemporary Art Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
CraftForms 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Form Not Function, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN
Deux: Two Ideas, Two Inspirations, Two Complimentary Quilts, Prague Patchwork Meeting, Prague, Czechoslovakia
Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Tribute to Fiber Arts, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
Art-Craft-Art, Invitational Group Exhibition, Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD

2013
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
Creative Crafts Council Exhibition, First Place Fiber, Rockville, MD
Deux, SAQA Exhibition, Illinois; Alsace, France; Firenze, Italy

2012
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
Organic Geometry, Solo Exhibition Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington, DC
Evolutions 2012, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
Contemporary Fiber Works, Invitational Group Show, The Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD
Fiber Options: Material Explorations, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Artist as Quiltmaker XV, FAVA Gallery, Oberlin, OH
Tyed, Dyed and Woven, Popcorn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
Invitational Group Exhibition, Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD

2011
Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring, MD, Invitational Exhibition
Tribute to Fiber Art, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD, Juried Exhibition
Creative Crafts Council, Show at the Strathmore, Rockville MD
Solo Exhibition,  Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

2010
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
The Quilted Surface VI, Ross Art Museum, Delaware, OH
Tribute to Fiber Art 2010 (winner), Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD
Creative Threads: From Fiber to Fine Art, Popcorn  Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD

2009
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
Conversations in Fabric,  Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio (2009)
Fisher Gallery, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH
Points of View, International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, CA
Freemont Center for the Arts, Canon City, CO
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI (2010)
Creative Crafts Council 2009 Exhibition, The Mansion at Strathmore, Rockville, MD
Tribute to Fiber Art 2009, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2009 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, New Albany, IN

Publications

Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal, Winter 2016, featured artist
Art Quilt Portfolio: Abstraction, 2016
Quilt National 2015 The Best of Contemporary Quilts (cover)
Portfolio 22: The Art Quilt Sourcebook, 2015
Portfolio 21: The Art Quilt Sourcebook, 2014
Portfolio 20: The Art Quilt Sourcebook, 2013
Portfolio 19: The Art Quilt Sourcebook, 2012
Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, 2012, by Martha Sielman
Portfolio 18: The Art Quilt Sourcebook, 2011
Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal, Winter 2011
Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal, Fall 2010
Portfolio 17: The Art Quilt Sourcebook, 2010
Portfolio 16: The Art Quilt Sourcebook, 2009
Portfolio 16
Quilting Arts Calendar 2007

Memberships

Studio Art Quilts Associates (Professional Artist Member)
Surface Design Association
Fiber Arts Study Group
Maryland Federation of Art
Washington Project for the Arts


Studio Art Quilts Associates - SAQA
Surface Design Association
Quilt Surface Design Symposium
Nancy Crow


 


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