Four Page Biography
EDUCATION: 1976 Bachelor of Arts, University of Lethbridge, Major in Clinical Psychology and Canadian History, Minor in Art.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 1980-87 Lethbridge Community College courses taught primarily included Oriental Brush Techniques and location/ plein air painting.
Art Work featured in BOOKS published by Red Deer Press:
2005 “Alberta Remembers Recalling Our Rural Roots”. Paintings by Karen Brownlee, Text by Ken Tingley. 128 full color full page reproductions of the artists’ Rural Prairie Communities” series. ISBN 0 -88995-325 -2 cloth. “ A series of watercolours that are evocative, vivid and, at times, impressionistic” - Edmonton Journal. “Poignant watercolours.... A must have for its artistic beauty, historical interest and as a memory of ever changing rural life”. - Lethbridge Living
2007 “The Sakura Tree”, Carolyn McTighe. Illustrated by Karen Brownlee. Release date: June, 2007 . ISBN 0-88995-354-6 cloth. Juvenile/ Fiction/ Historical / Canada/ Post-Confederation/ Juvenile Fiction/People & Places/Asia. The Sakura Tree is on the cover and page 2 of the Red Deer Press Fall 2006 catalogue. “Karen Brownlee is an Alberta artist who specialized in exploring vanishing cultures, and her delicate watercolours are a perfect counterpoint to the poetic text of newcomer Carolyn McTighe, a radio and print journalist living in Westbank, British Columbia.” Red Deer Press Fall 2006 Catalogue.
2009 Canadian Museum of Civilisation Manuscript Inclusion of the Rural Prairie Communities series and Alberta Remembers. The Canada Hall A Museum Approach to Epic History", Dr. Daniel Gallacher, Curator Emeritus, The Canadian Museum of Civilisation. An extensive unpublished 366 pp manuscript titled, "The Canada Hall A Museum Approach to Epic History". 2 copies are in the Canadian Museum of Civilisation's Archives Library under the call # 2009-H0011. Ab Remembers is cited in the main text and a version of one of the Rural Prairie Communities series is included in ILLUSTRATIONS 4 -23a, version of " Pincher Creek 1996"
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 1980 - present, 19 solo exhibits at the following public art galleries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia: Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton, Alberta), The Leighton Foundation (Calgary, AB), The Art Gallery of Calgary, The Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery (Medicine Hat, AB), The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery ( Red Deer, AB.), Bowman Arts Centre, (Lethbridge, AB), Grand Forks Art Gallery (B.C.), Moose Jaw Art Gallery and Museum (Saskatchewan).
SELECTED SOLO TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS Circulated by the Artist:
2007 - 2008 “The Sakura Tree”. Four Venues to Date: Itinerary: June, 2008 Edmonton Japanese Community Cultural Centre; Sept. 2008 Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens Lethbridge, Oct - Dec. 2007 Calgary Japanese Community Cultural Centre. April 2008: Ottawa Japanese Canadian Community Association exhibit at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa auditorium. This body of work, exhibit and book are an example of my previous cross cultural endeavors.
2007 - 2005 “Back Home 2005". Solo traveling (Six Venues) Alberta Centennial exhibition, premiering at the Royal Alberta Museum. Venues: 2005: Grand Forks Art Gallery (B.C.), Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery, Red Deer Museum, Stoney Plain Multi - cultural Center. 2007: Bowman Arts Center, Lethbridge.
1992 - 1993 "This Land is My Land", Bowman Arts Centre Galleries, Lethbridge, Pincher Creek Art Gallery ( Lebel Mansion), Pincher Creek Ab. Organized, mounted and traveled by the artist
1980-1982 “Images in Ink and Color” Oriental Brush Paintings. Bowman Arts Centre (Lethbridge, AB), Walden’s Restaurant (Edmonton), Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (Red Deer, AB.), Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan). Organized, mounted and traveled by the artist.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS 1982 - present - over 50 group exhibitions in juried, public art galleries and museums in Alberta, Quebec, and British Columbia.
TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS: Traveled Under the auspices of the AFA: Ten group exhibits organized by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program (AFATEP),1982 - 2002, under the auspices of the AFATEP program: The Provincial Museum of Alberta, The Edmonton Art Gallery, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery, and The Art Gallery of Calgary (formerly known as The Muttart Art Gallery). Highlights include:
1999 - 2002 “Finding Our Way Home; Alberta’s Disappearing Grain Elevators”, Harcourt House, Edmonton. Two person exhibit: Robert McInnis & Karen Brownlee. Traveled to approximately 20 sites including public art galleries, heritage centers, libraries, schools, seniors centres, and so on.
1998 - 2001 “Rural Prairie Communities”, Muttart Art Gallery , Calgary AB. Traveled to approximately 20 sites as above.
Public Collections Highlight include:
2000 Canada Hall, The Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Hull, Quebec, as part of the “King Wheat” exhibit.
1982, 2005 Alberta Foundation for the Arts
GRANTS, AWARDS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2007 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant to travel The Sakura Tree exhibit to the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa. Exhibit Date: March 29 - April 10, 2008.
2007 National Association of Japanese Canadians, Cultural Endowment Grant to travel The Sakura Tree exhibit to the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa. March 29 - April 10, 2008.
2007 Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre, Community Development Fund to bring The Sakura Tree exhibition to Ottawa at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa. March 29 -April 10, 2008
2005 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant and Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Preservation Partnership Preservation Publishing Grant for the publication “Alberta Remembers Recalling Our Rural Roots”. Underwrite part of the cost of color reproductions for publication with Red Deer Press.
2000 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant: Partial cost of creation costs of the Rural Prairie Communities series, exhibited in “Back Home 2005" and included in “Alberta Remembers” .
1988 Alberta Culture Travel Grant to study with Zoltan Szabo: 6 day workshop, Jasper, Alberta
1982 Alberta Culture Travel Grant to facilitate study Oriental Brush Painting with Chien Shek Lam of Calgary.
1998 Prairie Heritage preservation Award, from Davis & Henderson Intercheques. The Alberta recipient to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a past and continuing commitment to prairie heritage preservation. Given for the development of the Rural Prairie Communities series.
1998 Founder and initial Artist, Artist in Residency Program, City of Lethbridge, Alberta.
1991 First woman member in Southern Alberta, Lions Club; Lethbridge Host Club
Recent Public Commission Highlight: 2003 Environment Canada; Environmental Conservation Branch, Canadian Wildlife Service, Prairie and Northern Region.
BIBLIOGRAPHY. Bibliography Index - a 25 page listing.
Highlights include: 2005 & 1998 C.B.C. Radio 1, Calgary, Sunday Arts with Andrea Marantz, regarding Alberta Remembers and the Artist founding Lethbridge’s Artist in Residence Program. Highlights include:
May 15, 1999 Weekend Post, Toronto, Ontario, May 15, 1999, Charles Mandel, “Grainy Pictures,”
June 5, 1999 The Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Alberta, June 5, 1999, Alan Kellogg, “A Passing of Old Friends”.
Spring, 2000 Legacy Magazine, Edmonton, AB, Feb-Apr. 2000 “Lethbridge Commits to Public Art” by Morry Katz
April 21/08 Artist Presentation for the "Weaving Words !X Extending Literature Through the Fine Arts" conference. Karen spoke on points with creating cultural, social heritage and marrying those ideas to the creative process involved with creating artwork intended for publishing.
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