Professional artist/ designer/ educator, with over 25 years experience, specializing in Digital Design, Drawing, Papermaking, & Mixed Media. Adobe Certified Expert for Photoshop


Adjunct Professor, University of Bridgeport & Albertus Magnus College, 2013-Present

Faculty, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT 2010- 2013

Associate Professor of Art, Wingate University, Wingate, NC 1998-2009 Instructed courses at all levels in areas of Graphics & Digital Design, Page Design, Logos & Letterforms, Drawing and Mixed Media.

Engineering Specialist, Yale Security Inc., Monroe, NC 1996-1998
Graphic design and administrative postion. 

Adjunct Faculty, Wingate University, 1995-96& Anson Community College,
1982-89 & 1994-1996 Computer Graphics & Studio Art courses 

Workshop Instructor, Papermaking and Printmaking, 1992-1995

Executive Director, Anson County Arts Council, Wadesboro, NC. 1982-84

Visiting Artist,  North Carolina Arts Council & Department of Community Colleges, Wadesboro, NC 1981-82

Artist in Residence, Huntington, IN, 1980,  Indiana Arts Commission Artist-in-Schools Program 


Universidade de São Paulo and Fundacão Armando Alvares Penteado,
São Paulo, Brazil, Foreign Study, 1975-76 

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, BFA, 1978, Phi Beta Kappa

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio MFA, Printmaking, 1980


Voicings, New Work by Meg Bloom, Phyllis Crowley, Kathy Kane & Karen Wheeler. City Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2015

Parallels, Burt Chernow Gallery, Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT, 2015

One Plus One, Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, 2015

Mixed Messages, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT, 2014

Mixed Media & Monotypes, Karen Wheeler & Alice Merlone, Keyes Gallery, Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library, Stony Creek, CT, 201

Inklings,  Karen Wheeler, City Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2014 

Undercurrents, Digital & Mixed media work by Karen Wheeler, City Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2013

 Over Time, New Work by Susan Newbold, Barbara Harder & Karen Wheeler, City Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2012     

 Suspicions, An Exhibition of Handmade Paper Formations by Karen Wheeler, City Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2011

M’dor L’dor from Generation to Generation, Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, CT, 2011

Pulp: Fact, Fiction & Fantasy, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL, 2010

Give Art, City Gallery, New Haven, 2009 -2014

City Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT,  2009-2012

Two New Members: Boxes, Drawings & Assemblages, Paulette Rosen & Karen Wheeler. City Gallery New Haven, CT,  2010

Connecting the Process: Idea to Image–Mixed Media Assemblages by Karen Wheeler,
C. Douglas Helms Gallery, Wingate University, Wingate, NC, 2007

At Home in Anson,  An Exhibition of Selected works from 1981-2006 by Karen Wheeler,
Anson County Arts Council, Wadesboro, NC, 2006    

Visual Preludes 2006, Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts, Episcopal Church General Convention, Columbus, Ohio, 2006

Mother, Daughter, Sister, Cousin: A Family of Artists, C. Douglas Helms Gallery, Wingate University,
Wingate, NC, 2003    

Beyond the Threshold, Mixed Media Assemblages by Karen Wheeler, Museum Shoppe Gallery,
Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC, 2003 

30th Annual Competition for North Carolina Artists, Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC, 2002

Dimensions 2001, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem,Winston-Salem, NC, 2001

Art Faculty Exhibit, Wingate University, Wingate, NC, 1999, 2002, 2006,2008

Border Biennial, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC, 1998

Word Art, Burnside Dalton Gallery, Wingate University, Wingate, NC, 1998

Ohio Ink, The Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, 1998 

Visual/Verbal: Text in Contemporary Art, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC, 1997-1998

Foregone Conclusions, Artwork by Karen Liles, Burnside-Dalton Gallery, Wingate University,  Wingate, NC, 1995

The Medicine Show, Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 1995

Paper Fiber XVII, The Arts Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 1994

Hilton Head Island’s Five Star Art Show, Hilton Head, SC, 1994

 Karen Leonard Liles & Martha Zelt, an Exhibition of Recent Works, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 1993

Surface Tension, The Gallery at Salem College Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 1992

Annual Juried Exhibition, Shelby Art League, Shelby, NC, 1991 & 1993

Paperworks ‘91 Southeast, Quinlan Art Center, Gainsville, GA, 1991

The Pink Show, Somerhill Gallery, Durham, NC, 1988

10 Years of the Southeast Seven, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,
Winston-Salem, NC, 1988

Art in Paper, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, 1988

Southeast Seven 9, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, 1986

Paper Routes, Somerhill Gallery, Durham, NC, 1986

Recent American Works on Paper, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, Washington, DC, 1985-87


The Debra O’Neal Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wingate University, 2006

Honorable Mention: Strathmore Papers Digital Art Contest, 2001

Honorable Mention, Shelby Art League Annual Exhibition, Shelby, NC 1995

Juried Purchase, North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching, Western Carolina University,
Cullowhee, NC, 1990

Purchase Awards, Henley Southeastern Spectrum, Associated Artists, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC, 1994, 1989, 1988, 1987; Cash Award, 1984

SECCA/RJR Southeastern Artists Fellowship, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,
Winston-Salem, NC, 1985

Honorable Mention, Springs Traveling Art Show, Springs Industries, Lancaster, SC, 1985-86

Merit Award, Greensboro Artist’s League 15th Annual Juried Exhibition, Greensboro, NC, 1984 

Honorable Mention, National Small Print and Drawing Exhibition, Schoharie Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY, 1984

Merit Award, 12th Annual Competition for North Carolina Artists, Fayetteville, NC, 1984


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