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Karen Gallagher Iverson is a San Francisco area artist exploring innovative conventions within the fields of traditional printmaking and drawing. With a focus on uniquely expressing the light and silhouettes of the Northern California landscape, Gallagher employs a variety of methods to visually abstract information and build rich, highly layered images. 


Gallagher has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the deYoung Museum, Turner Print Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Grace Hudson Museum, New Museum Los Gatos and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. 


Features on her studio practice and work can most recently be seen in the vol7:4 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader and vol 30/31 of the Mid America Print Council Journal. Karen’s work is in the collections of the Bancroft Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stanford Health Care, The Nevada Museum of Art as well as other private and public collections.


In 2018 she was selected to receive an Artist Parent Award at the Kala Art Institute and continues to maintain an artist residency at their Berkeley printmaking facilities. Additionally, Karen has taught in educational programs such as Kala, and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she received her MFA with the department fellowship. 


Karen currently leads the California Society of Printmakers as President and is an elected member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the Boston Printmakers and Mid America Print Council. She brings to her current roles decades of experience as a fine art installer, gallery preparator, studio manager and project assistant for prominent artists, projects and galleries in the San Francisco region.

Karen currently focuses the majority of her time in the studio, alongside her young family. 


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