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Karen Hanmer
Glenview, IL

www.karenhanmer.com

Chicago book and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful work fragments and layers text and image to mirror the experience of personal and cultural memory. Her artists' books are meant to be handled; the intimate scale, choice of materials, and posture and gesture required to view each piece evoke the experience of looking through a photo album, diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take playful forms, and many include tongue-in-cheek text. She exhibits regionally, nationally and internationally, and her work is included in collections ranging from the New York Public Library and Tate Britain to UCLA and Graceland. Hanmer holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University, has studied at Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and her binding instructors include Scott Kellar, Monique Lallier and Priscilla Spitler. She is Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and serves on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, a peer-reviewed online book arts journal.



Karen Hanmer's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
Fun & Games (and Such…)
 Organized by Alexander Campos, CBA’s Executive Director and Julie Chen, Artist
Who's Next?
(2005) Commercially printed map
Skipping the Page
 Organized by Graham Parker, Independent Curator and Artist
BEAUT.E(CODE)
(2002) Keypunch on computer punch cards, open edition
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition
 Organized by Roni Gross, Artist.
Untitled
(2005) Photographs courtesy of the Library of Congress
Pigment inkjet print on Mohawke Superfine
2004 Artist Member Juried Exhibition
 juried by Mindell Dubansky & Milan Hughston
Destination Moon
(2003) Pigment ink-jet prints
Monthly Featured Artist: Karen Hanmer
All Shook Up
(1999) Pigment inkjet prints on Hanemühle Photo Rag Duo
Bequest
(2001) Pigment inkjet prints on Mohawk Superfine cover and Hanemühle Photo Rag Duo
Deal me in, Mona
(1999) Pigment inkjet prints on Mohawk Superfine cover and Hanemühle Photo Rag Duo
Destination Moon
(2003) Flag book, pigment inkjet prints on Mohawk Superfine cover and Hanemühle Photo Rag Duo
Letter Home (III)
(1998) Pigment inkjet prints on Mohawk Superfine cover and Hanemühle Photo Rag Duo
They All Laughed
(2002) Flag book, pigment inkjet prints on Mohawk Superfine cover and Hanemühle Photo Rag Duo

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