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Karen Kunc
Avoca, Nebraska

editioned bookwork: woodcut, etching, letterpress on Japanese Nishinouchi paper, covered boards
9.25" x 4.25" folded, 9.25" x 108" unfolded


Cause and Effect
unique bookwork: watercolor, screenprint on wood veneer, wax, pasted hinge binding
7" x 6" x .25"


Artist Karen Kunc, also variously known as Blue Heron Press , has been making unique bookworks and limited editioned artists books for over 25 years. Kunc lives and works in Nebraska where she is Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her MFA from Ohio State University in 1977 and her BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975. Kunc is best known for her large scale, elaborately colored, abstract woodcut prints, and has a parallel diversion in her ongoing investigation of the expressive possibilities of the 3-D book form. Her books incorporate vital, richly hued shapes with timeless textural language, leading to a sense of intimacy and detail, with the tactile resonance of wood, paper and impression. Kunc's works are represented in many public and private collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art (NY); the Library of Congress; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Walker Art Center Library; Allen Library of the University of Washington; the New York Public Library; the Marriott Library, University of Utah; Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; the National Art Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Kunc was recognized as the 2007 Printmaker Emeritus by the Southern Graphics Council Conference, and she received the Sally R. Bishop Faculty Fellowship from the Center for Book Art in 2005.

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