Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Derksen, Karen

Name:  Karen Howard
Title:  Director, Winthrop University Galleries; Instructor (Fine Arts, 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
Area(s):  Museum and Curatorial Practice, Graphic and Illustration History, Ancient Greek Art and Archeology

Karen Howard is the director of Winthrop University Galleries (WUG) and an instructor in CVPA at Winthrop. She holds an M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies). Howard has curated numerous socially focused exhibitions including The Democratic Cup, investigating the idea of ‘artivism’ (Winthrop University), Man+Land+Water, probing global water issues (Winthrop University), and Material Reflex, exploring Sonya Clark’s symbolic and innovative interpretation of material as a reflection of personal and cultural identity (Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill, SC, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA).

Howard has coordinated various collaborative community projects including MUSE Fest Rock Hill, Pecha Kucha Charlotte, the Democratic National Convention Charlotte 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 boards and juried regional exhibitions and public art selections. Howard acted as a member of the Edmonton Arts Council Festival Granting Jury and the Center for Craft Research Fund Grants Review Panel. She has received awards for her work in public service and curation including an “Award of Merit” from the Confederation of S.C. Local Historical Societies and a “Presidential Citation” from Winthrop University. Howard 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.

Last updated by rayj 08/16/2021

Last Updated: 8/29/22