Karen Schwartz is an Atlanta-based artist working primarily in painting and drawing in a range of media. She has had solo exhibitions in Atlanta and New York and has shown work in group shows in the US and abroad. Her work is currently being represented by Jennifer Balcos Gallery in Atlanta. Prior exhibition history includes solo and group shows at Hathaway Contemporary in Atlanta, as well as Life on Mars and David & Schweitzer in Brooklyn. Schwartz's 2015 solo exhibition at Life on Mars Gallery in Brooklyn was reviewed in Hyperallergic, The New Criterion, Tilted Arc, Painter’s Table and The Huffington Post. She also has works in private and corporate collections, and her portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt was acquired by The New-York Historical Society for the launch of the institution’s new Women in History Center. A practicing clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Schwartz finds that these pursuits inform her artwork in fascinating, sometimes subconscious ways, and that her creative processes offer curious insights into her work in psychotherapy.
2020 "Let's Face It", Hathaway Contemporary Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2019 “Who Gets To Say What?”, Campus Gate Gallery, Young Harris College, GA.
2018 “The Human Stain,” David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY.
2017 “Making Sense”, Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA.
2015 “Down the Rabbit Hole”, Life on Mars Gallery, Bushwick, NY.
2014 “Les Spendeur des Trois Reines”, The Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2012 “Karen Schwartz: New Work”, The Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2006 Studio Swan Gallery at Serenbe, Palmetto, GA.
2005 Highland Bakery, Atlanta, GA.
2003 “Uncommon Portraiture”, Radial, Atlanta, GA.
2018 “Civil Discourse,” Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2017 “The Roger Ailes Memorial Show: Fair and Balanced,” Yours, Mine, and Ours Gallery, New York, NY.
2017 “Red Clay Survey,” Juried Show, Merit Award Winner, Huntsville, AL.
2017 “Select Paintings and Work on Paper”, Traum Gallery, New York, NY.
2017 “Monoprints by Karen Schwartz”, Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA.
2017 “Flat Files”, David & Schweitzer, Brooklyn, NY.
2016 “Hot Combos”, Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA.
2016 “Community”, Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, GA.
2016 “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, Hathaway David Contemporary, Atlanta, GA.
2016 “Reckless in an Ever-Changing World”, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 “Jolie Laide”, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 “Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Life on Mars Summer Invitational”, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 “Drunken Angels”, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 “Selections from the South’s Art Incubator with The Fine Arts Atelier”, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2013 “Painting Impossible”, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 “Scale”, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2012 “Artists of the Fine Arts Atelier”, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2012 “Aesthetic Gesture in the Arts”, Spoleto55 Festival Dei 2Mondi, Spoleto, Italy.
2011 “The Irascible Muse”, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2010 7th Annual Atlanta Artists Center National Show, First Place Award (Juror, Michael David).
2008 “Read, (Red)”, StudioSwan Gallery at Serenbe, Palmetto, GA.
2007 “Presence”, StudioSwan Gallery at Serenbe, Palmetto, GA.
2005 “6th Biennial”, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY (Juror, Maura Reilly, Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art,
Brooklyn Museum of Art).
2005 “Face Value”, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, Winston Salem, NC (Juror, Marc Pachter, Director,
National Portrait Gallery).
2004 “Drawing Conclusions”, Maryland Federation of Art, MFA City Gallery, Baltimore, MD (Juror, Jay Fisher,
Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Baltimore Museum of Art).
2004 “Post Impressionism in the New Millennium”, Elevation Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2004 “Visions of Johanna: A Visual Tribute to Bob Dylan.” Gates of Eden Gallery, Peoria, IL.
2003 “Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea”, Florence, Italy (December).
2002 “A Taste of Honey: A Premier Exhibition of Contemporary Artists.” The Forum at DeFoor, Atlanta, GA.
2002 Right Brain Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2017 New York Historical Society, New York, NY.
2003 King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA.
2001 King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA.
Charity Art Auctions/Exhibitions
2013 National Black Arts Festival Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2012 ArtCAN, Atlanta, GA.
2008 Mori’s Camp, Auction, New York, NY.
2007 Mori’s Camp, Auction, New York, NY.
2006 Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Atlanta, GA.
2005 Horizon Theatre Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2005 Olmstead Park Conservancy, Atlanta, GA.
2004 “Arts and Flowers”, Skyland Trail Annual Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2004 The Paideia School Annual Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2003 “Art for Park’s Sake”, Grant Park Conservancy, Galerie Timothy Tew, Atlanta, GA.
2003 The Paideia School Annual Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2002 The Howard School Annual Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2002 “Arts in the Garden”, Skyland Train Annual Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2002 Atlanta University Annual Alumni Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2000 “Dot-coms for a Cause”, King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.
1999 Georgia Psychological Association GAP-Act Auction, Atlanta, GA.
1998 “Art Care” Fundraising Auction, Atlanta, GA.
2015 Karen Schwartz at Life On Mars, May 2015; Video interview by Christopher Joy & Zachary Keeting,
2015 Life on Mars Gallery: Karen Schwartz’s “Down the Rabbit Hole”; Article by Danielle Burnham, Bushwick Buzz,
2015 Speaking the Language of Paint: Karen Schwartz at Life on Mars; Article by Thomas Micchelli,
2015 From Atlanta to Bushwick: A Pink Lady Smiles; Article by Kristi York Wooten, Huffington Post Arts & Culture,
2015 Gallery Chronicle May 2015; Exhibition Review by James Panero; .
2015 Painers’ Table, Weekly Update May 2, 2015; .
2015 TGIF: Arts in Bushwick Gets Personal; Article by Stephanie Chan, Bushwick Daily, .
2015 Embrace of Simultaneous Meanings: Karen Schwartz at Life on Mars; Blog post by Etty Yaniv April 29, 2015;
2013 Backstory: Karen Schwartz on “Shadow of His Former Self,” Tilted Arc, .
2017 “Ma, No Maas,” Brochure cover image for “Grievance".
2016 Portrait of Freud, Brochure cover image for Division 39, American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
2004 Portrait of Richard Bausch, Five Points. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Updated: May, 2017