Karen Goetzinger

Artist member since 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

Karen Goetzinger is a visual artist who after living in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York, resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Through the use of mixed media such as acrylic, ink, graphite and oil pastel, she expressively marks the imprint of time and place on individual memory. Each large scale painting is intentionally without figurative elements allowing each viewer to become the human element, in solitary interaction with the abstract landscape and their own narratives.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Fine Arts from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work is exhibited by public and commercial galleries throughout North America (in cities including Toronto, New York, Milwaukee, and Grand Rapids) and has been shown in exhibition spaces in China and Australia. It hangs in both private and corporate collections internationally.

Recent recognition for her work includes a 2019 ARTicipate Endowment Fund grant and exhibition award at the Shenkman Arts Centre LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space in Ottawa, Ontario,Canada. In 2017 she was invited to participate in the Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf in Quebec. Her work has been funded by both the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

Karen has taught at the Ottawa School of Art and by invitation in Australia and New Zealand. She was appointed to the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture, and Heritage Investment Program Steering Committee and was unanimously elected to the Arts Network Ottawa Board of Directors in 2013, serving two consecutive three year terms.

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What do you listen to when you work?

Almost always jazz, sometimes classical.

Coffees per day and from where

The day has to start with coffee 3-4 cups home brewed coffee before I head to the studio.

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An eclectic mix of contemporary artists: abstract, photography, ceramic vessels, limited edition prints...

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Life happens here.

Select Past Exhibitions

Ottawa, Ontario
Beauty in the Inconsquential


Toronto, Ontario
Art á la Carte


Brooklyn, New York
Trestle Gallery


Omaha, Nebraska


Deschambault, Quebec
Biennale International du Lin de Portneuf


Beijing, China
International Textile Exhibition


Ontario Arts Council
Exhibition Grant


ARTicipate Endowment Fund
Project Grant


Canada Council for the Arts
Travel Grant


Ontario Arts Council
Exhibition Grant


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Meet Karen Goetzinger


Textile Landscapes: Paintings on Cloth in Mixed Media


Workbox, UK
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