Karen Baldner grew up in Germany and completed her formal studies in the U.S. with a master’s degree in Printmaking at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work is inspired by the dynamics of life’s paradoxes and is based in a variety of media ranging from large-scale drawings, installations of handmade paper structures, collaborative installations, experimental book structures, and small editions of artist books. Some of her projects pursue an interest in the cathartic of collaboration such as the “Bloomington Breast Project” and “The Jewish/German Dialogue Project.” Her work has been supported by state grants from Arkansas and Indiana, Fulbright, and NEA grants, and is represented by Central Booking, NY, and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers. She shows extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and her work is in a number of public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. Karen teaches Book Arts, Letterpress, and Papermaking in Printmaking and serves as Co-Director for Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts.