Karen Zuegner, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, has lived in New York City since 1982. She was a neighbor of Karen Williams for many years in a loft building on Canal Street/Lower Eastside/Chinatown. Her loft overlooked the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge and the spectacular views have been a big influence on her work. In 2014, she decamped to the far reaches of Brooklyn’s Flatbush.
She has exhibited her work in one-person shows at Dance Theater Workshop, The Knitting Factory, Virginia Center for The Creative Arts, Windows on White, International House, Long Island University, Creighton University and Kris Waldherr’s Art and Words gallery in Brooklyn and in collaborations at the Juilliard School and New York University. Grace Glueck of the the New York Times, cited her work with "Ms. Zuegner's forms cavort crazily but to great effect..."
Her work has also been seen in group shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, the New Museum, the Butler Institute, Long Island University, many venues in Brooklyn and in other regional and national group shows. She was awarded a fellowship to Yaddo and was a three-time fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Ms. Zuegner received her B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute, followed by an M.F.A. degree from Queens College, New York City. She also attended the New York Studio School and was a scholarship winner to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.