Karen Kunc was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1952. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1975 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1977, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University. Kunc creates large, multi-colored woodcuts, which depict abstract landscapes as well as seascape elements. Her unique style of woodblock printing enables her to create color effects ranging from dense saturations to veil-like areas of thin shades.
In 1985, Kunc was commissioned to produce the Eighth Annual Governor’s Arts Award. In addition to teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kunc was a visiting faculty member at the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, Carleton College in Northfield, MN and the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavic.
During 2001, she was an artist in residence working in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking at the Nagasawa Art Park in Tsuna, Japan. Kunc’s work has received awards from the Maschida Museum of Graphic Art in Tokyo, the 5th Sapporo International Print Biennial in Japan, the 28th Bradley International and the 3rd Minnesota National.