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College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

 
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 Derksen, Karen   Name:  Karen Derksen 
Title:  Director, Winthrop University Galleries; Instructor of Fine Arts; Instructor of Design 
Education:
M.A., Arts Administration, Winthrop University
B.A., Art History, University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Office:  124 McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2493 
E-mail:  derksenk@winthrop.edu  
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Area(s):
Museum and Curatorial Practice, Graphic and Illustration History, Ancient Greek Art and Archeology

Karen Derksen is currently the director of Winthrop University Galleries (WUG) and a lecturer for the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Design at Winthrop. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies). Karen has organized exhibition projects such as Performing Gender, with Dr. Karen Stock, which investigated the body as a problematic site of gender articulation and CADlabORATION 1.0, which explored emerging CAD technologies, contemporary crafts education, and collaborative design and production. As curator, her most recent exhibitions include Counterpoints: Space and Form - Alice Ballard, Roger Dalrymple, Paul Yanko, and Enid Williams, which articulated relationships between the artists and their medium, and Shift, a collaborative format faculty exhibition.

Karen has coordinated collaborative community projects including the public art installation of Carla Stetson’s The Red Line in downtown Rock Hill, a weekend arts festival entitled MUSE Fest, Pecha Kucha Charlotte, and the Artist and Civic Engagement Projects (ACE) at Winthrop. She is a former chairperson for the Board of Directors and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Rivercity Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton. Karen has juried a number of exhibitions and has acted as small festival representative for the Edmonton Arts Council Festival Granting Jury and review panel member for the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants. She is also one of the founding members of Media, Art, Design, Exposed (M.A.D.E.) in Edmonton, an organization formed to raise public awareness about design.