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EDUCATION

MFA, Ceramics, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA, 2005-2008

BFA, Ceramics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2001-2004

BS, Biology, Towson University, Towson, MD, 1993-1998

TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2008-now   Adjunct Art Faculty, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

2018-now  Austin Waldorf School, Austin, TX

2014 - Summer Fellowship, University of Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

2009-2010  Adjunct Art Faculty, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

2008-2010 Ceramics Instructor, St. Andrews Episcopal Upper School, Austin, TX

2008-2010 Ceramics Instructor, Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX 

2006-2008 Teaching Assistant of Ceramics, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

2005-2008 Ceramic Studio Technician, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

2007-2008 Gallery Assistant, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

2005-2007 Treasurer of EUP Clay Club, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

2003-2005 Studio Potter, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Mt. Hope, PA

2002-2004 Vice President of NAU Clay Club, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

WORKSHOPS PRESENTED

2019   Backdoor Clay Studio, Whidbey Island, Washington 

2010   Greater Austin Ceramic Artist Association (GACA), St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2009  Greater Austin Ceramic Artist Association (GACA), St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

2008  Friendship Preschool, Swickely, PA

2007  University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

2006  Stonehaus Architectural Ceramics Studio, Pensacola, FL

2006  Biennial Education Conference, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

EXHIBITIONS & PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS (selection)

2019  50 Years in the Making, Sweetwater Gallery, Swickley, PA

2018  NCECA, Palliative Pour group exhibiton, Pittsburgh, PA

2016  E.A.S.T. Solo Exhibit, Cement Loop, Austin, TX

2015  E.A.S.T., Solo Exhibit, Cement Loop, Austin TX

2013  Faculty Exhibition, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

2013 'we are all noting without all of us', Art Building Gallery, St. Andrew's Upper School, Austin, TX

2013  Austin Community College Faculty Exhibition, Pump Project, Austin, TX

2013 12@ E4 Gallery (Group show), E.A.S.T., Austin, TX

2013 West Side Studio Tour, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

2012 Faculty Exhibition, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

2012 Austin-Bergstrom Airport, Austin, TX

2011 Claymates: Cara Jung and Karen Bolton, NCECA, Tampa Bay, FL

2010 Critical Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

2010 E.A.S.T. Eastside Studio Tour, Austin TX

2010 CLAY (group show), Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX

2010 Faculty Exhibition, Austin Community College , Austin, TX

2009 Gatehouse Ceramics Exhibit, Austin Museum of Art/Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX

2009 Austin Community College Faculty Exhibit, University of Texas Performing Arts Center,
         Austin, TX

2009 People's Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX

2009 Austin Community College Faculty Exhibit, Highlands Business Center, Austin TX

2008 84th Annual Spring Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

2008 Slipstream : Karen Bolton and Tomas Schneider, NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA

2008 Terra Nova: Steve Kemenyffy, Karen Bolton, Gregory Byard, Mike Angellotti,
         Brandon O’Hara, NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA (invitational)

2007 Erie Bayfront Convention Center, permanent installation, Erie, PA

2006 Skin Deep, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC

2006 Edinboro University Graduate Exhibition, Meadville Council on the Arts Gallery,
         Meadville, PA

2006 32nd Annual October Evenings Exhibition, Heeschen Gallery, Meadville, PA

2006 International Orton cone Box Show, NCECA, Portland, OR

2006 The Mad Hatters Tea Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL 

2006 The Suitcase Boogie, The Jupiter Hotel Gallery, (invitational) NCECA,
         Portland, OR

2005 Edinboro University Graduate Student Exhibition, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, PA

2005 82nd Annual Spring Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

2005 Edinboro University Student, Faculty, and Alumni Exhibition, (invitational), Star
        Spangled Banner Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2005 31St Annual October Evenings Exhibition, Heeschen Gallery, Meadville, PA

2005 EUP Ceramics Exhibition, Office of the Dean of Fine Arts, Edinboro, PA

2005 Earth'N'Ware Ellen Tibbets Benefit Exhibition, (invitational), Flagstaff, AZ

2005 Chimera Exhibition, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

2004 BFA Exhibition, Beasley Gallery, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2004 International Orton Cone Box Show, NCECA, (traveling), Indianapolis, IN

2004 100 Teapots 2, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2004 It’s Elemental, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ

2003 Director’s Choice Student Exhibition, Beasley Gallery, Northern Arizona University

2003 Northern Arizona University Faculty and Students, NCECA, Studio G, San Diego, CA

2002 Student Art Exhibition, Beasley Gallery, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2002 Solo Exhibition, Don Bendel Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ

2002 Bendel With Friends, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

AWARDS AND HONORS

2017  ACC Teaching Excellence Award Nomination, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

2006 Honorable Mention Award, 32nd Annual October Evenings Exhibition, Meadville, PA

2006 Phyllis Clark Functional Ceramics Scholarship, Wooster Center for the Arts,
         Wooster, OH

2006 John Vanco Award, Best 3-D work, Chimera Exhibition, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

2005 James Blair Functional Ceramics Scholarship, Wooster Center for the Arts, Wooster,
         OH

2004 NICHE Student Awards Finalist, Baltimore, MD

2004 Magna cum Laude, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2003 Fredrick J. Dochsteadar Endowment Scholarship, Northern Arizona University,
         Flagstaff, AZ

2003 Director’s Choice Award, Student Exhibition, Northern Arizona University,
         Flagstaff, AZ

PUBLICATIONS

2013  Fusion Magazine, online: http://austinfusionmagazine.com/2013/04/28/karen-bolton-
         in-certain-circles/, by Jessica Hudson

2008 Buffington, David, “Bolton Art to Display in Erie," The Sun, March 12, 2008, p. 9.

2007 Ceramics Monthly, October 2007, p. 65.

2007 Frederick, Robb, “Big building requires big art”, Erie Times News, December 26, 2007,
         pp. B1-B3.

2006 Shop Talk Vol. 3, “Gary Spinosa: Of The Knowing Eyes”, Spring 2006, pp. 7-13.

2006 School of Graduate Studies and Research Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 2, p. 4.

2005 Chimera Literary Art Journal Vol. 3, Spring 2005, pp. 132-135.

2005 Triplett, Kathy. 500 CUPS, Lark Books, p. 308.

2004 NICHE Magazine for Progressive Retailers, Spring 2004, p. 78.

2004 Catalog: Baltimore Clayworks, High Tea 2 Exhibition.

2004 Schultz, Erika, “Ceramics Courses Fire Up Attention”, The Lumberjack Axe, April 21-27,
         Flagstaff, AZ.

COLLECTIONS AND PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS

2012 Austin Bergstrom Airport

2007 Erie Bayfront Convention Center, (Permanent Public Art Installation) Erie, PA

2007 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (President’s House), Edinboro, PA

2006 Architectural Ceramic Installation, Blue Moon Cafe, Lebanon, PA

2005 Northern Arizona University, (Office of the Registrar), Flagstaff, AZ