Karen Elaine Spencer
Born in Nelson (B.C.), Karen Elaine Spencer now lives and works in Montreal. She holds a master’s degree in visual art from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a bachelor’s degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in Halifax. In 2012, in recognition of her artwork, she was awarded the Galerie La Centrale – Powerhouse Prize.
Her works have been exhibited in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, in particular during Blogueurs en captivité, a Dare-Dare and Folie Culture cooperative initiative, and at the festival Art in Odd Places, in New York, and at the Performance and Intervention Art Festival, in Moncton. She has given spoken words performances at the Westmount Library, at Montreal’s Arts Café and at Calgary’s John Snow House. In the fall of 2015, Galerie B-312 in Montreal will present a solo exhibition of her work entitled letters home / lettres à ma mère.
She has also produced and presented works in the context of artists’ residencies, and was recently at Brooklyn’s International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), where in 2012, she ran the blog Hey Mike, and at Calgary’s New Gallery and Praxis art actuel, 2011. Her participation in the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul will continue in this vein.