photo c. 2007

Karen Swenholt is a figurative sculptor who lives and works in Northern Virginia.  After attending MICA and California College of the Arts, she continued her studies at various studio schools including New York City’s New York Studio School, under Bruce Gagnier, Virginia’s Art League, and the Art League.

Influences from the West Coast Bay Area figurative movement combined with the emotional power of abstract expressionism from her East Coast studies and origins to form the foundation of Swenholt’s work. The rough painterly surfaces of her sculptures contrast with their grace. She is particularly effective at depicting the human face along with gesture to convey emotion and movement.

Karen Swenholt is currently Artist in Residence at Convergence in Alexandria, Virginia where her large scale sculptures are on view in their Sculpture Garden.  She served as Artist in Residence at Washington Shakespeare Company from 2002-2011 and at Wesley Theological Seminary throughout 2010.  Her work can be found in many public and private collections including the home of Bono (U2), The Vladmir Romanov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia and public institutions including Cairn University in Philadelphia, Wesley Theological Seminary and other public institutions and churches across the United States.  


Karen Swenholt is currently represented by Eisley Fine Art online and through Divergence Fine Art and myGallerist (app and online). For further updates on current work and events, please visit Karen's personal Artpage at www.facebook.com/karenswenholtart.  Or contact me directly through the Guest Book to schedule a studio visit or inquire about the art.