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 Derksen, Karen   Name: Karen Derksen
Title: Director, Winthrop University Galleries; Instructor of Fine Arts; and Instructor of Design
Education:
M.A., Arts Administration, Winthrop University
B.A., Art History, University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Office: 105 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 an instructor in the Department of Design at Winthrop. She holds an M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies). As curator, her most recent exhibitions include; Man+Land+Water, creating a visual dialog examining global water issues (Winthrop University), Between the Springmaid Sheets, examining Springmaid advertising from the 1950’s (Winthrop University Galleries, South Carolina Museum of Art, Columbia, SC); Material Reflex, exploring Sonya Clark’s symbolic and innovative interpretation of material as a reflection of personal and cultural identity (Winthrop University Galleries, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA); and Shift, a collaborative format faculty exhibition.

Derksen has coordinated a number of collaborative community projects including MUSE FestRock Hill, Pecha Kucha Charlotte, the Democratic National Convention Charlotte, the Artist and Civic Engagement Projects (ACE) at Winthrop as well the public art installations The Red Line by Carla Stetson and Ann Evolving by Kathy Bruce. She has served on a variety of non-profit arts boards including the Free Will Players (Edmonton, AB), the Women’s Arts Initiative (Rock Hill, SC) and is currently a board member for Historic Rock Hill (Rock Hill, SC). She has juried a number of regional exhibitions and public art selections, acted as the volunteer installation crew-chief for the Penland Gala Auction and served as a member of the Edmonton Arts Council festival granting jury and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Craft Research Fund grants review panel. She has received several awards for her work in public service as well as for creative programming including an “Award of Merit” from the Confederation of S.C. Local Historical Societies and a “Presidential Citation” from Winthrop University. Derksen is also a founding member of Media, Art, Design, Exposed (M.A.D.E.) in Edmonton, an organization formed to raise public awareness about design.

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