Library Gallery

Karen Clarkson
"American Portraits"

October 5 - November 7, 2005

Extended until the second week of December

Karen Clarkson Portrait

The gallery in San Juan College’s Library will display portraits by Karen Clarkson from October 5 through November 7. “American Portraits” can be viewed during regular library hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. A reception to meet the artist will be held Wednesday, October 5, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Clarkson’s lifelong devotion to art began in Paris at age 10, when she started her formal training by studying various oil techniques of the old masters. She lived several years in Europe and has moved throughout the U.S. With her four children grown, Karen turned to a career in art. She is self-taught and her work has been called intensely personal photo-realism. Whether she is drawing from her own photos or those of Edward E. Curtis, she strives to show the viewer her subjects’ expressions of pride, inner strength, and beauty.

Clarkson has applied her talent to disciplines including still life, portraits, abstracts, quilting and wall murals. She works in graphite, oil paint, and mixed media. Recent awards include a first place in the Drawing category at the Bosque County (Texas) Conservatory Art Council for Starry Starry Night, which will be on display at San Juan College. Additionally, she has been selected by the Biennale Scientific Committee to exhibit her work in Florence, Italy, at the international art show, Biennale Internazionale in December 2005.

Clarkson is a registered Choctaw artist and a member of the National Registry of Native American Artists. Her art can be seen on her website at

For more information on the exhibit, call (505) 566-3464.

Fine Art Gallery: located in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, across from the box office. Student Gallery: located at the top of the stairs in the new West Classroom Complex.