Karen Koblitz

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Karen is an internationally recognized artist and educator whose vibrant ceramic and mixed media works can be found in collections worldwide. She creates pieces for public and private commissions and is currently Head of Ceramics in the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts.

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CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

University of Southern California – Roski School of Art & Design
Associate Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts, Head of Ceramics, Fall 2001, Fall 2002 – current
Adjunct Faculty, Spring 1995 - 2001
Official Faculty Listing

AWARDS

USC Visions and Voices grant, 2009, 2013 & 2015

USC Faculty Research grant, 2014, 2015 & 2016

Lyon Fine Arts Faculty Research Fund Grant, University of Southern California,
2007, 2008, 2009

USC Advancing Scholarship in Humanities and Social Sciences Grant, 2008-2009

Nominee, USC Mellon Award, Mentoring Undergraduate Students, 2008

Durfee Foundation ARC Grant 2004, 2007

Cultural Connect Envoy Grant, American Embassy, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006

Faculty Development Fund Grant, University of Southern California, 2003, 2004

University of Southern California Center for International Business Grant, 2003

American Art Ambassador to Moscow Russia, United States Department of State's
ART in Embassies Program, 2002

Artist of the Month, United States Department of State's ART in Embassies Program,
October 2002

Alumni Achievement Award, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002

Honorable Mention, 1995 WESTAF/NEA Fellowships for Visual Artists-Crafts

 

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2013 Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, CA.

2010 – 2011 Si Se Puede: A Tribute to Cesar Chavez,City of Santa Fe Springs Public Library, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

2008 The Tree of Life Jewish Home for the Aging, Grancell Campus, Reseda, CA

2005 Celebration, Jewish Home for the Aging, Sculpture Garden, Eisenberg Campus, Reseda, CA

2002 Cerritos Public Library, Cerritos, CA

2000 Inglewood Cultural Arts, Inglewood, CA

1998 The Children's Wall, Wilshire Boulevard Temple,
Los Angeles, CA

1995 Sunland-Tujunga Public Library, CA

1993 Vineland and Magnolia Shopping Center, North Hollywood, CA

 

ONE WOMAN EXHIBITIONS

2010 Merage Family Art Gallery, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA

2009 l2kontemporary Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
www.l2kontemporary.com

2007 l2kontemporary Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
www.l2kontemporary.com

2004 All Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Arts, Moscow, Russia

1998 Idyllwild Arts Academy, Todd Arts Center, Idyllwild, CA

1992 Maveety Gallery, Salishan, OR

1990 Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

1986 J. Darraby Gallery, Los Angeles

1983 Donald Batman Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1980 Donald Batman Gallery, Kansas City, MO

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

7,567 mi -> “Los Angeles to Jerusalem” Jerusalem Biennale, Platt/Bornstein Gallery, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA

Crafting a Collection: Fuller Craft Museum Recent Acquisitions, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2014

Threads That Bind: A Cultural Identity, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA

70th Scripps Ceramic Annual, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA

2013

Location, Spring Street Gallery, Houston, TX. NCECA National Conference exhibition.

2012

German Mettlach Ware & Present-Day Translations, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA

Simply By Hand, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

Ceramics Invitational Exhibition, McGroarty Art Center, Tujunga, CA

Artists' Tower of Protest by Mark di Suvero, participating artist LA>

40/40, USC Hillel, Los Angeles, CA. Catalogue available.

2011

Not So Still Life, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Thrown, Slabbed, Fired & Trompe L’Oeil, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

Art in Embassies, American Ambassador's Residence, Ankara, TURKEY

Art in Embassies, American Ambassador's Residence, Baku, AZERBAIJAN

2010

Group Exhibition, The Art Gallery, Umm El Fahem, Israel

Memory and Transformation, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA

2009

Group Think, Azusa Pacific University, Duke Art Gallery, Azusa, CA
Catalogue available upon request
View exhibition site

Diversity in Clay, Featured Artist
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
View museum site

Forth and Back: The Migration of Influence in
the Work of Phyllis Green & Karen Koblitz
California State University Dominguez Hills
CSU Dominguez Hills Art Gallery, Carson, CA
View exhibition site

show&tell: the art of language
Zimmer Children's Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Catalogue available upon request
View exhibition site

Is This The Real Life?
Galerie Califia, Horazdoviche, Bohemia, Czech Republic
View exhibition site

Craft in America: Expanding Traditions
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
www.craftinamerica.org

From Tradition to Innovation
Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

2008

at the Brewery Project, 1993-2007: the Finale
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

The Complexities of Clay
Bell Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Craft in America: Expanding Traditions
- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
- Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2007

Craft in America: Expanding Traditions –
- Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
- Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
- Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

2006

Art in Embassies
American Ambassador's Residence
Baku, Azerbaijan (2004-2006)

Family of Clay
California College of the Arts
Oliver Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

Global: Student Work Honoring Karen Koblitz
Hillel Art Gallery
USC Hillel Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

A Few of Our Favorite Things
Santa Ana College, Main Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2005

The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection
Bellevue Arts Museum, WA

Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence
Racine Art Museum, WI

Excess
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Nouvelle Nuptials: New Visions in Wedding Traditions
San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, CA

Fertile Earth: Islamic Influences in Contemporary Ceramics
Curator and Exhibiting Artist
Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
CD available upon request

Looking At Art
Los Angeles International Airport, Bradley Terminal, LA, CA

Diverse City
Santa Ana College, Main Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

The Informed Surface: Contemporary Majolica
Baltimore Clayworks, MD

2004

The 60th Scripps Ceramics Annual
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA

The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the
Kamm Collection
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

Love Peculiar: Bio-Pop-Curiosity
L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Celebrating Nature
Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2003

The Inspired Vessel
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park,
Los Angeles, CA

Shared Passion: Sara & David Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Ceramics & Craft
Arizona State University, Ceramics Research Center,
Tempe, AZ
Catalogue available upon request

Coffee, Tea or Chocolate?
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection
- The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
- Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Curator of 59th Scripps Annual Exhibition
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College,
Claremont, CA
Catalogue available upon request

2002

Islamic Ceramic Traditions
The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

Art in the Embassies Program
American Embassy, Moscow, Russia

A to Z
The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY

Rendezvous
Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearny, NE

The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection
COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA

2001

Selected Works
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Southern California Ceramics: A Regional Survey
Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA

Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics 1950-2000
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
- The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
- Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, NY

USA Clay
Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of Armerican Art, Washington, D.C.

Contemporary Mailoica
Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR

2000

Seduced By Colour: The New Maiolica
The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sublime Servers
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, NY.
James A Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA.

Spaces: Interior and Exterior
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

1999

From The Earth/Dalla Terra: Works by Italian and American Ceramists
Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
Palazzo Dei Consoli, Gubbio, Italy.
Curator and participating artist. Catalogue available upon request

Containers for Ideas: Form & Content in Clay
Marjorie & Herman Platt Gallery, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition
La Maiolica Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia

California Contemporary Craft
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.

A Piece at a Time
Watts Towers Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA.

1998

Living With Tile: The Art of Installation
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.

Feast On Art
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

1997

Ceramic Still Life: The Common Object
Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

Tantalizing Teapots: The Felicitous Union of Form and Content
The Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Color and Low Fire Processes
Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ

Aha Hana Lima
Invitational Group Exhibition
The Contemporary Museum's Advertiser Gallery, Honolulu, HI

Miriam's Cups
Invitational Exhibition
Hebrew Union College, New York, NY