Karen Delaney has been a sculptor for over 25 years. She exhibits in galleries and group regionally, nationally and internationally and has works in private collections and institutions, including one permanently installed 13’ sculpture on the Danube River in Hungary. Karen has a MFA from Radford University in Virginia where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She has taught studio art and art history at the Indiana University of PA, The Anglo-American College in Prague, and Emmanuel College in Boston. She has a Certificate in Museum Studies from Harvard University and worked in the education department at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. For three years she was the executive director at the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, then in 2016 shifted to Curator there until May 2019. April 1 2019, Karen launched her new business, Art in Your Space, providing art installation and consulting services to art patrons.
“My sculptures reference architecture, botanical forms, and the human figure, but they are not necessarily representational of any particular one. In this way the sculptures offer something totally new. They are a product of my fascination with the tensions and harmonies created by manipulating form, space, and line. I have endless ideas and am whole-heartedly devoted to expressing all of them in steel and other complimentary materials.”
Karen learned to oxygen-acetylene weld at age 17 while attending the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts held at Bucknell University that summer. She gathered with 59 other high school age visual artists selected from throughout PA. There were also vocalists, musicians, dancers, and actors (Kevin Bacon attended not long before Karen did). Sadly the Governor’s School no longer exists.
(Drawing of a sculpture from Grad School 1991. Karen has a MFA from Radford University in VA. A seven foot sculpture of hers still stands in Radford’s courtyard out side their gallery. It is her hopes to replace this 26 year old, seen-better-days sculpture with an upgrade.)
FUN FACT TWO!
Karen has a 13’, five ton sculpture permanently installed in 1993 along the Danube River in Hungary. Delaney’s maiden name was Baldauf.