Karen I. Hirsch Visual Art

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Education:

B.A.  Teaching of French - University of Illinois

          Phi Beta Kappa

M.A.  Spanish Literature - University of Illinois


Post Graduate Studies

Film and Video - Columbia College, Chicago

Computer Graphcs - Art Institute of Chicago

Business of Art - University of Chicago/Hyde Park Art Center

Fellowships


Fulbright Grant  - Travel Grant to Spain


Grants


Illinois Arts Council Agency

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs


Awards

2017 International Color Awards Honorable Mention Abstracts, Nominee Sports

2016 Black & White Spider Awards Nominees in Architecture

2016 Art Slant/Chicago Showcase Award Photography

2015 International Black & White Spider Awards - Nominees in Fine Art Architecture and Wildlife

2015 International Color Awards - Nominee in Silhouette and Sport

2015  Artslant Chicago Showcase winner - New Media

2014  Illinois Arts Council Grant for exhibition prints

2014  Artslant Chicago Showcase winner - New Media

2014  Art Slant Chicago Showcase winner - Abstract

2013  Black & White Spider Awards - Three Nominees Abstracts,  Nominee Architecture

2013  Masters Cup International Color Photo Competition - Nominee-Abstracts

2012  International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention - Fine Art/Abstract series

2011  The Art-Exchange - Winner of  “Your Art on Your Website” Competition

2010  First Place-Alteration of Reality - Fort Dearborn International Photography Competition

2009  Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee - Abstracts

2009  International Photography Awards- Honorable Mention/Fine Art

2009  PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris - Honorable Mention/Profession     

2007  International Color Awards Masters Cup - Two Nominees in Sports  

2007      Black & White Spider Awards - Architecture, Abstracts, Silhouettes, Sports

2006  Adobe Digital Imaging International Competition - Honorable Mention

2004  Adobe Digital Imaging International Competition - Honorable Mention

2003  International Photography Awards - Portraits-Honorable Mention

2003  Honored by the Women’s Apparel Board as Contributor to the Arts in Chicago

2001  Finalist in the Millennium Project - Worldwide project involving 3000 photographers

2000  Participant in City 2000 Project - documenting Chicago in the year 2000

1999  ASMP/Fuji Astia Competition - Grand Prize  

1993  Communication Arts Photo Annual  

1992  Named Illinois Artisan by the State of Illinois

1992  Studio Magazine Awards - Two Merit Awards        Group

1991  Best of Show - Silver - Creative People Awards - Chicago  

1990  Best of Show - Creative People Awards - Chicago

1989      Third Place - Impact Through Applied Photography National Competition

1980      Special Merit Award - Ilford International Competition

1977 Special Merit Award - Eastman Kodak Competition

1977 First Place - Chicago Daily News Competition  

Special Projects:

Rizhao in the Eyes of Foreign Photographers  2007 - One of ten photographers invited by the Chinese government to photograph the city of Rizhao

Co-organizer - “The Millennium Project Exhibit” O’Hare Airport - Chicago  2001

Producer - Lecture Series -Fort Dearborn Chicago Photo Forum  2000

Producer - "24 Hours in Chicago”  1987

Organized 24 hour photo shoot of Chicago in which 87 photographers created l4,000 im ages resulting in a traveling photo exhibit and calendar -fundraiser for not-for-profit photo group

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Hyde Park Art Center/Bridgeport Coffeehouse - Chicago, IL  "River Ice"

2013 Millennium Fine Art Gallery - Chicago, IL  “Shape, Rattle & Roll”

2003  Richard J. Daley Civic Center - Chicago, IL  “My Chicago”

1993  University Club of Chicago - Chicago, IL

1990  FCB Center, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions:

2017 - Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts - Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum

           "Celebrating 131 Years"  Chicago

2017 - Rogers Park Police Station "Tactical Viewing" Chicago

2017 - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art "Electron Salon"

2016 - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art  Snap-to-Grid

2016 - Filter Photo "Power and Politics"  Latitude, Chicago

2016   Zhou Brothers "Lexicon,"  Chicago

2016 - Bridgeport Art Center "Spontaneous Exposure " Chicago

2015 - Palm Beach Photographic Center, Florida

2015 - Bridgeport Art Center - Bridgeport Artists Exhibit, Chicago

2014 - Hyde Park Art Center - Bridge Program Exhibit, Chicago

2014 - Martha Schneider Gallery - ASMP "Existence" Exhibit, Chicago

2014 - Hyde Park Art Center - Front & Center Exhibit, Chicago

2014 - Bridgeport Art Center - 2nd Annual Competition, Chicago

2012 - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art - Snap-to-Grid Exhibition,  Los Angeles, CA

2012 - Chicago Community Bank - Chicago, IL - Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum Exhibit for Chicago Artists Month

2012 - Raymond James - Chicago, IL

2011 - Raymond James Art Exhibit - Chicago, IL

2011 Morpho Gallery - Chicago, IL  Winners - Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum’s  International Competition

2010 Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, IL  GraphiStudio Exhibit

2008 Center of Fine Art Photography - Fort Collins, CO

2005  Around the Coyote - Chicago, IL

2002  The Other Boat Show - FlatFile Gallery - Chicago, IL - Featured Photographer

2002 The Illinois Artisans’ Exhibit - James R. Thompson Center- Chicago, IL

2001 The Millennium Project - O’Hare Airport - International Terminal -Chicago, IL

2000 Farnsworth House Exhibit by Chicago Architectural Foundation - Chicago, IL

1996 Causes Exhibit - Marshall Field’s on State Street - Chicago, IL

1995 The Concept House - River Woods, IL

1994 True Colors Exhibit - Partners Against Racism - House of Language - Chicago, IL

1992 Art Gallery of Ontario - Toronto, Canada

1992 Creative People Awards - Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery - Chicago, IL

1992 Eastman Kodak Exhibit - Photo Midwest - McCormick Place - Chicago, IL

1992 Visions of Hope - United Way Traveling Exhibit

1990 ASMP Exhibit - Chicago, IL  The 150th Year

1992  Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery - Chicago, IL  Creative People Awards Exhibit

1991  Chicago Architectural Foundation - C. D. Peacock - Chicago, IL

1991 Creative People Awards Exhibit - Erie Street Gallery - Chicago, IL

1990 The Chicago Show 2 - Willie Gallery - Chicago, IL

1988 State of Illinois Building -Chicago, IL  24 Photos from 24 Hours in Chicago,

1989 Dearborn Station - Chicago, IL 24 Photos from 24 Hours in Chicago

1988 City Hall - Chicago, IL 24 Photos from 24 Hours in Chicago

1977 Eastman Kodak International Gallery - New York, NY

1977 Photographics Gallery - Chicago, IL