paintings and drawings

Selected Exhibitions

2017                      Tribute Exhibition, Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky (group)
                              Gridworks Revisited, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky (juried)
                              Kentucky Creeks, City Gallery, Downtown Arts Center, Lexington, Kentucky (invitational)

2016                       Ways of Seeing, traveling state-wide exhibit, Kentucky Arts Council (juried)
                               Pencil & Paper, M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky (invitational)

                               Group Show, Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
                               Kentucky Visions at the Capitol: Fifty/50, Frankfort, Ky. (invitational)

2015                        Drawn to Kentucky:  Works on Paper, Artsplace Gallery, Lexington, Ky., (juried)

                                Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Community Arts Center, Danville, Ky. (juried, national)
                                Here and Now: Selections from The Artist Archive, Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky (juried, invitational)
                                It Takes Two, Collaboration with M.S. Rezny, Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, Kentucky (juried)

                                Shaped by Water, Gallery on Main, Richmond, Kentucky (group, Best in Show award)

                                Mentor/Mentee Exhibit, Gallery on Main, Richmond, Ky. (invitational)

                                Office of the Lt. Governor, Frankfort, Ky. (invitational)
                                Kentucky Treasures IV, Offices of the First Lady, Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, Ky. (juried)

 2014                        Uncommon Wealth, Lyric Theatre & selected Kentucky venues, Kentucky Arts Council (juried)
                                 Painting Nature, Berea Arts Council, Berea, Kentucky (invitational)


 2013                        3x33, curated by Marco Logsdon, M.S.Rezny Studio/Gallery (invitational)
                                 Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Community Arts Center, Danville, Ky., (juried, national)

                                 Mentor/Mentee Exhibit, Gallery on Main, Richmond, Ky. (invitational)
                                 Kentucky Treasures, Offices of the First Lady, Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, Ky. (juried)
                                 Karen Spears: New Work, Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, Ky. (one-person)

                                 Kentucky Visions at the Capitol, Kentucky State Capitol Annex, Frankfort, Ky. (juried, invitational)

​2012                        Al Smith Exhibition, Artsplace, Lexington, Ky. (invitational)

                                 Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Community Arts Center, Danville, Ky. (juried national)
                                 Collaborate, M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington, Ky. (invitational)

                                 Group Show, Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky

                                 State of Drawing, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Art Gallery, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky. (invitational)
(under construction)

Selected Grants, Fellowships

  • Research Award, Eastern Kentucky University, 2008
  • Al Smith Fellowship, Professional Assistance Award, Kentucky Arts Council, 1992, 2000, 2007
  • Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist’s Fellowship, 1990, 1998

Selected Professional Activities

  • Judge, All Creatures Great and Small art exhibition, Creative Art League, Nicholasville, Kentucky, 2017
  • The Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch, collaboration with Pat Lawrence, Lexington, Kentucky, 2013
  • Cover Artist, Advent Devotions, Twin Pines Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky, 2010           
  • Horse Mania, Sam, The Fan, juried public art, Lexington Arts and Cultural Council,  Lexington, Kentucky, 2010
  • Cover Artist, Anomie, Poems by Marcia Hurlow, Custom Words, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004
  • Dynamic Doors, juried public art, sponsored by the Kentucky League of Cities, Lexington, Kentucky, 2003
  • Featured Artist, Looking at Painting, Kentucky Educational Television, 2001
  • Horse Mania, Kentucky Blue Sky Horse, juried public art, Lexington, Kentucky, 2000           
  • Visiting Artist in Residence, Brisons Veor Workspace, Cornwall, England, 1992
  • Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, Italy, Dec.-Jan. 1990-1991
  • Visiting Artist, University of Georgia Studies Abroad program, Cortona, Italy, 1987

Work Experience

Professor, Department of Art & Design, Eastern Kentucky University 1987-2015
University of Louisville, Department of Fine Arts 1983-1986


 Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
 Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, University of Louisville


  •            University of Kentucky Hospital, St. Joseph East medical center      
  •            Oklahoma State University, Louisville Gas & Electric Co., MacDonald’s Collection, Wabash College,
  •            University of Louisville School of Business, and other corporate and private collections. . .
  •            Book collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Olin Library, University of Houston, among others.