Karen Seapker

Karen Seapker's recent paintings have focused on and questioned ideas of re-birth and renewal, both genuine and misguided.  These paintings reflect on water, its cyclical and symbolic nature, and ideas surrounding baptisms and also drownings.  In these isolated images that keep any resolution at bay, some paintings present images of emergence, while in others, there remains a question as to whether or not a resurgence may or may not take place.

Karen Seapker received her MFA in 2009 from Hunter College in New York, NY.  She has exhibited her work in various group shows in various cities including New York, London, and Shanghai.  She participated in the Pittsburgh Biennial at The Andy Warhol Museum.  She has worked as an adjunct professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and as a sabbatical replacement at Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.  She is currently a part of COOP- a curatorial collective here in Nashville.


Hunter College, New York, NY, 2009, MFA, Painting

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 2004, BA, Studio Art and Art History, Honors

Slade School of Art, London, UK, 2002 (Semester Abroad) 


2014   New Members 1, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN

New Paintings, Canal Projects, London, UK

2013   Per [Pro] Spective, JHouse Greenwich, Greenwich, CT

Marty's Cool Biennial, Heliopolis Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Of The Land, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY

Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$, La Mama Galleria, New York, NY

2012   Selected Works, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China

Faculty at Work, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

2011   Gertrude’s/LOT, Pittsburgh Biennial 2011, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

 Rust Melt: New Pittsburgh Abstractions, Fe Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

The Man Who Fell To Earth, Monika Bobinska Gallery, London,

Things Come to Light, LaChaise Gallery, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA

Continuum, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

 2010   Recent Paintings and Watercolors, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China

New Work, National Arts Club, New York, NY

Persistence of Painting, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

The Triumph of Now, Volume Black Gallery, New York, NY

Girls Just Want To Have Funds, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY

 2009   F(r)acture: Division Paintings, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

Small is the New Big: 25 Squared, Fe Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY

2007   First Year Student Show, Hunter College, New York, NY

2004   Senior Thesis Show, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA


Artist In Residence, ChaNorth, NY, 2012

Artist in Residence, Cedar Crest College, 2011

Lotus Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, 2009

Nominated for Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, 2009

Wallace A. Reis Art Award, 2004

Seena Marcus Art Award, 2003

Muhlenberg Summer Research Grant, 2003


COOP Gallery Co-operative Member and Curator, 2013-ongoing

Sabbatical Replacement Professor, Farleigh Dickinson College, Fall 2012

Adjunct Professor, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA,  2010-2012

Guest Lecturer, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, 2011

Guest Lecturer, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 2010

Teaching Artist, Manhattan New Music Project, 2008-2009

Artist Assistant, Oliver Herring, New York, NY, 2006-2008

Guest Lecturer, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 2006

Curatorial Intern, Art In The Twenty-First Century, New York, NY, 2005-2006

Studio Intern, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, NY, 2005