ABOUT

Karen Tepaz (b. 1984 Los Angeles, CA) is interested in the expressive potential of objects and their ability to open and close a space simultaneously.  Her sculptures blend the use of color, form and material in a compositional lexicon.  Tepaz received her  M.F.A in Sculpture from Yale School of Art in 2013 and  a B.F.A in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach in 2010.  She had a solo exhibition at CACTTUS Gallery in Long Beach, CA,  and attended Art Farm Nebraska Residency in 2017. Her work has been exhibited in group shows, at The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, BMCC (NY,NY), SARDINE Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) The Gallery ATLAS (NY,NY) GlenLily Grounds- Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (Newburgh, NY) The Whitney Houston Biennial (NY,NY) and BOMB POP-UP (Brooklyn, NY), Basement Projects (Santa Ana, CA) among others. Tepaz has served as a visiting artist at The University of Southern California, Roski School of Art and Design and Long Beach, City College, Ceramics Department.  This past spring Tepaz co-curated FLAT TOUCH at Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute and will be returning to curate a new show , In Between The Lines  this Fall at Pratt Institute.  Tepaz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY .

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KAREN TEPAZ

b. Los Angeles, California

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY        

 

EDUCATION

2013  Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT -  MFA Sculpture 

2010  California State University Long Beach, CA - BFA Ceramics, Minor in Italian 

2007  Florence Academy of Fine Art, Italy - Sculpture, Abroad Program

 

SOLO / TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018 (FORTHCOMING) TBA-Sardine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2017  YES, AND.  CACtTUS GALLERY, Long Beach, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018  

(FORTHCOMING) In Between The Lines, Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 

LINE Splitter, SARDINE, Brooklyn, NY 

FLAT TOUCH, Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2017  

Cortina de Nopales, Basement Projects, Santa Ana, CA

41 Cooper Gallery, The Cooper Union School of Art, NY

Glenlily Grounds- Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Newburgh, NY 

CENTERPIECE, Bomb-Pop Up, Petes Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY

30 Day Guarantee, Slayer Gallery, Online Art Space

2017 Whitney Houston Biennial: Greatest Love of All, New York, NY

Process +/- Pattern. Sardine, Brooklyn, NY

2016  

Silent Shout, The Gallery at Atlas, Newburgh, NY

Glenlily Grounds-Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Newburgh, NY

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center-BMCC, curated by ClaudiaCortinez,  New York, NY

Bomb-Pop- Curated by Drea Cofield,  New York, NY

Behind the Great Green Glass, The Re Institute, Milford, NY

Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins, New York, NY

2014  

PAINTINGWALL -Touch Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA

MIx Tape  - Curated by Beehive Society - San Francisco, CA

2013   

Apartment Show 6 East 1st. Floor 6, New York, NY

SculptureThesis Exhibition Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2012  

School of Art Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT

City of Brea Art GallerySomething Superbly Small: Pint Sized Art, Brea, CA

2011  

First Year Exhibition- curated by Sam Messer School of Art Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT

Sculpture Building- curated by Josiah McElheny Edgewood Gallery, New  Haven, CT  

2010  

Stages. Gatov Gallery West. California State University, Long Beach, CA

2009  

Department of Ceramics Student Art Exhibition. Werby Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Support. Werby Gallery. California State University, Long Beach, CA

2008  

Un Nuovo Fiato. Accademia di Belli Arti. Florence, Italy

 

WORKSHOPS / LECTURES

2017  USC Guest Artist Lecturer - Roski School of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

2016   Loisaida Center, Loisaida Festival, New York, NY

2015    17th Annual Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI

 

PUBLICATIONS

2017  

ART FARM ANTHOLOGY, Five Oaks Press 

Love for Love/Hate for Hate: A Glossary of Our Time

The Truth is Out There, Sofia Torres Book Project

2010  

Daily 49er Long Beach, CSULB art students show ‘Quotidian Encounters’.  November 22, 2010

 

AWARDS / HONORS

2017   

Art Farm Residency, Marquette, Nebraska

2013   

Susan H. Whedon Award. Yale University School of Art, New Haven CT

2010   

Ceramic Department Travel Scholarship - Germany, France, Austria, Spain & Finland. California State University Long Beach, CA.     

Max Gatov Scholarship. California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2002   

Stauffer Scholarship Award -Merit scholarship for tuition to a California Community College, CA