Karen Reimer

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Karen Reimer

5120 S. Harper, A-18

Chicago, IL 60615




1989 MFA, University of Chicago

1982 BA, Bethel College, North Newton, KS


2012 Pending: Gahlberg Gallery, McAninch Fine Art Center, College of Dupage, and Gallery 400,

University of Illinois at Chicago
2011 The Domestic Partnership of Heaven and Hell, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

2008 Endless Set, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

2007 Embroideries 1999-2005, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN

Endless Set, VONZWECK Gallery, Chicago
2005 Precursory Conditions and Operations, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL
2004 Boundary Troubles, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
2003 Schopf Gallery on Lake, Chicago (with Scott Short)
2002 Goshen College Gallery, Goshen IN
2001 Cold Comfort, installation, collaboration with Constance Bacon, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1999 Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Hesston College Gallery, Hesston, KS

MacPherson College Art Gallery, MacPherson, KS (with Gail Lutsch)

1996 Postcard, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL (with Tod Parola)
1995 Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery, N. Newton, KS
1994 Know Your Poodle, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL (with Sonny Venice)


2011 Bona Fide, Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada

2010 New Work, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Let’s Talk About Love, Baby, a library curated by Chido Johnson, Traveling: Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI; Asni Art Village, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2009 New Wave: Artists’ Books in the 21st Century, School of Creative Arts, University of the

West of England, Bristol

Contemporary Works from the Cleve Carney Collection, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

2008 VONZWECK at the Barn, 2845 W. Altgeld St., Chicago

The Matter At Hand, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Curiouser and Curiouser, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL, curated by Alison

2007 Raised in Craftivity, Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, curated

by Maria Buszek. Travelling: Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga,CA

Group exhibition, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, curated by Laurel Bradley

2006 New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily, Contemporary Crafts Museum, Portland Oregon,

curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers

Data Mining, Wallspace Gallery, NY, curated by Joe Scanlan

Takeover, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Not I: A Samuel Beckett Centenary Celebration, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago,

curated by Tricia Van Eck

POP: Contemporary Textiles Influenced by Popular Culture, Northern Illinois University

Art Museum, DeKalb, IL, curated by Christine LoFaso

but you gave me flowers, Illinois State University Galleries, Normal, IL
2005 Amorphous Solid, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

Pages, I Space: Chicago Gallery of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, curated by Buzz Spector

Catalog, SOIL Art Gallery, Seattle, curated by Adriana Grant, Kristen Ramirez, and Dan Rhoads
2004 Stalemate, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, curated by Domonic Molon

Baltimore/Chicago, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD, curated by

Kerry James Marshall

Books and Shelves, Galberg Gallery, McAninch Fine Arts Center, College of Dupage,

Dupage, IL, curated by Barbara Weisen

Fitter Happier: An Exhibition Concerning Technology, DePaul University Art Museum,

Chicago, curated by Matthew Girson
2003 Pins and Needles, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

Really, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, curated by Tim Lowly
2002 The ArtCouncil Awards Exhibition, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL

The Devil is in the Details, Galberg Gallery, McAninch Fine Arts Center, College of

Dupage, Dupage, IL, curated by Anthony Elms

2001 Con/textual, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Doppelganger, Northern Illinois University Art Gallery in Chicago, IL

Spelling, The Rye Art Center, Rye, NY
2000 Homewrecker, moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

Out of Line, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Artists We Like, Wall Street Project Room, New York, NY

Beret's Final Show, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL

Julie Laffin, Darrel Morris, Karen Reimer, Reicher Gallery, Barat College,

Lake Forest, IL

1999 Needle and Thread, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WI

Chicago, West Virginia State University Gallery, Morgantown, WV

The Other Book, Performance/installation, collaboration with Sally Alatalo and

Susannah Kite Strang, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH

1998 Quiet, 1545 W. Division St, Chicago, IL

Faculty Exhibition, Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery, N. Newton, KS
1997 N.E.W.S.: Jennifer Kraus, Karen Reimer, Levant Tuncer, Gallery A’pert,

Amsterdam, Netherlands

1996 Vorfruhling, Galerie cb, Vienna, Austria

Book-signing/performance, collaboration with Sally Alatalo and Erika Yoemans,

Printed Matter, New York, NY

1994 Photographic, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL

Refried, Ruth Horwich Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1993 In-flux, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Mixed Messages, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO

Flora and Fauna, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

A Sequence of Forms, Installation, Illinois State Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 Not Working in L.A., Nomadic Site, Pasadena, CA

Sicut Malum Est, Site-specific installation, collaboration with Norah Flatley, Raina

Grigg and Libby Wadsworth, Divinity School, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1991 Animal/Vegetable/Mineral, Installation, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by

Gary Cannone

1990 Foxtrot, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by Lynne Brown

The Chicago Show, Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Altered States, Ruth Horwich Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2010 Cover of vinyl lp/cd I Know You, by Seval (Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sofia Jernberg, David

Stackenas, Emil Strandberg, Patric Thorman)
2007 Headline of ”On Language” column, by William Safire, New York Times Magazine, May 21

Cover of Tableau, Newsletter of the Division of the Humanities at the University of

Chicago, Autumn 2006/Winter 2007
2001 Corruption”, in Chicago After Dark: A Mystery Anthology, Sara Ranchouse

Publishing, Chicago, IL
1996 Legendary, Lexical, Loquacious Love, Artist book, Sara Ranchouse Publishing,

Chicago, IL

Forgeries, postcard series, Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago, IL

Something is motivated when it is neither arbitrary or predictable,” in

Whitewalls: A Journal of Language and Art, #38, pp.21-26, Chicago, IL


2011 Center for Craft Creativity and Design

Graham Foundation, with Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago

2010 Women’s Caucus for Art President’s Award

2002 The Art Council Individual Artist Grant

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award


2011 Michael Milano, “Sarcastic Flowers: Karen Reimer and Conceptual Craft,” Bad at Sports,

Dec. 12. http://badatsports.com/2011/sarcastic-flowers-karen-reimer-conceptual-craft/

Gemey Kelly, Bona Fide: handmade and homemade, Mount Allison University, Catalogue

2010 Abraham Ritchie, “Cohesive by Coincidence,” review of New Work at Monique Meloche

Gallery, artslant, http://www.artslant.com/chi/articles/show/20407

Colin Davies and Monika Parrinder, Limited Language: Rewriting Design: Responding to a

Feedback Culture, Birkhauser: Basel
2008 Judith Russi Kirshner, “Focus: Karen Reimer,” Frieze, September, Issue 117

Susan Snodgrass, Review of Endless Set at moniquemeloche gallery, Art In America, Dec.

Nadine Monem, Ed., Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Contemporary Art, Black Dog

Press: London

Jeremy Biles, review of Endless Set at moniquemeloche, Chicago Artists’ News, Vol XXXV,

No 6, June, p 12

Alan Artner, “Artist gave herself a system—and it paid off,” (review of Endless Set @

moniquemeloche), Chicago Tribune, May 16, Section 7, pg. 20

Karissa Lang, “Portrait of the Artist,” (review of Endless Set @ moniquemeloche), New

City, May 15, pg 15

Jessica Poser, “Contemporary Craft: The Look of Labor,” Art Education Journal, March

2007 Joan Livingstone and John Ploof, eds, The Object of Labor: Critical Perspectives

on Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production, School of the Art Institute of Chicago/MIT


Jake Malooley, Review of Endless Set at ZONZWECK, Time Out Chicago, April 16-20, 2007

Dana Self, “Knit Happens”(review of Raised in Craftivity), The Pitch, September 20

2006 Shu Hung and Joe Magliaro, eds. By Hand, Princeton Architectural Press, 2006

Roberts, Prudence F. “New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily” Selvedge, Issue 14

Bowie, Chas. “New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily” Portland Mercury, Oct26-Nov1 Neugarten, Rachel. “Embroidery, with an edge” The Oregonian, Oct. 6

LoFaso, Christine. exhibition catalogue: POP! Contemporary Textiles Influenced by

Cultural, Northern Illinois University Art Museum.
2005 Deb Wilk, “Six Artists to Watch,” Chicago Magazine, Nov.

Elms, Anthony. “Review: Pages,” Time Out Chicago, Nov. 17-24, p 56.

2004 Carla Dunham, “Reviews; Boundary Troubles, Karen Reimer, Monique Meloche Gallery,

Bridge, Issue 13, p.38

Margaret Hawkins, “Knit wit and abstract fun”, Chicago Sun-Times, November 24,2004

Alan Artner, “Karen Reimer’s ephemera transformed”, Chicago Tribune, November 5, 2004

Alan Artner, “Art Review: ‘Happier’ embraces technology through paintings, needlework”,

Chicago Tribune, April 8, 2004, Section 5, p.3.
2003 Interview by Julie Farstad, Mouthtomouth, Winter, 2003, Vol. 1, No.2, pp.30-38.

2002 Leah Finch, “Chicago Reviews: Constance Bacon and Karen Reimer”, New Art Examiner, Jan –

Feb. 2002, Vol. 29, No 3, p. 66.

Karen Reimer, “Reading Between the Lines”, Site of Big Shoulders.


Regier, Ami. “Interview with Karen Reimer on language, legibility, and visual art”,

Bethel College 
News. Spring 2000. 32+
2001 Anthony Elms, “Borrowed Clothes Never Fit”. Exhibition brochure essay for Cold

Comfort, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago)

Kevin Blasko, "Chicago Reviews: Doppelganger", New Art Examiner, May-June 2001, Vol. 28,

No. 8/9, p. 84

Catalogue: Northern Illinois University Art Gallery in Chicago, Doppelganger. (Chicago,


D. Dominick Lombardi, "At the Gallery/with Randall Davis: A Show of Works by Women That

Expand Language in Art", The New York Times, January 21, 2001, Section 14.

2000 Susan Snodgrass. "Review of Exhibitions, Chicago: Karen Reimer at Beret International",

Art In America, February 2000,Vol 88, No 2, p.134-35.

Olga Zdanovics. “Reviews: Karen Reimer, Beret International Gallery", New Art Examiner, Dec/Jan. 1999/2000, Vol 27, No 4, p.50.

Alan G. Artner. "Art Review: Karen Reimer at Beret international,” Chicago Tribune, May

4,2000, Section 5.

Catalogue: The Chicago Cultural Center, Out of Line: Drawings By Illinois Artists.

(Chicago, 2000)

1999 Fred Camper. “Human Touches”. Chicago Reader, Sept. 30-Oct.6, Section 1, p.34.

Alan G. Artner. “Art Review”. Chicago Tribune, Thursday, Sept. 30, Tempo Section, p.2.

Margaret Hawkins. “Comic Reliefs”. Chicago Sun-Times, July 2, Weekend Plus Section. Catalogue: Cleveland State University Art Gallery, The Other Book. (Cleveland, 1999)
1998 Buzz Specter. “Studioview: Karen Reimer”. New Art Examiner, Nov, Vol 26, No 3. p.44.
1996 Alan G. Artner. “Reimer, Parola Join Offbeat Sensibilities”. Chicago Tribune, March 21,

Tempo Section.

1990 Catalogue: The Hyde Park Art Center. Altered States. (Chicago, 1990)

Catalogue: The Chicago Cultural Center, The Chicago Show. (Chicago, 1990)


Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

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