On This Page
Media: Sculpture, architectural installation.
Currently: Practicing artist and a Professor and Chair of the MFA in Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC), living and working in Portland, Ore.
Background: Prior to joining OCAC’s faculty, he taught at the Virginia Commonwealth University's branch campus in Qatar. He has also worked with students and faculty from the University of Manitoba as a guest artist for service learning studios in Turkey and Africa. His artistic practice is founded on an interest in labor and skill, reflecting many years of personal experience building objects and environments for both artistic and utilitarian purposes. His work has been exhibited nationally, including recent exhibitions in Seattle, Wash.; at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore.; the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Penn.; and the Portland Art Museum. His critical writing has been published in Ceramic Monthly, and he has received several awards of recognition as well as institutional funding, a 2012 individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, a 2014 Opportunity Grant from The Ford Family Foundation and Oregon Arts Commission, a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum, a 2013 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, and the OCAC Faculty Achievement award in 2014. He is sought after as a visiting artist and guest lecturer in Oregon, the United States and abroad. Karl earned an MFA from the Department of Crafts and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University.
Artist Quote: “My students hold a mirror to my artistic growth. They silently ask me to reflect upon my practiced rhetoric, requiring that I also risk failure, striving beyond the known and learning by doing.”