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Karen Hymer


SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Southwest

Karen Hymer

SPE member since 1999
Remnants 4
Photopolymer Gravure - Hand colored

Karen Hymer

SPE member since 1999
Remnants 230
Photopolymer Gravure

Karen Hymer

SPE member since 1999
Gravure Video


Karen Hymer is a visual artist and educator in Tucson, Arizona. She taught photography at Pima Community College for 26 years and is currently the head of the Photography Program Specialist in the Department of Art. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Photography from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Art in Fine Art Photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Age & Seduction, an exhibition and book of photopolymer gravures will premier at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, Oregon, in May 2018.

The book can be purchased from the artist

Hymer actively exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Recent venues include the Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ), Art Intersection (Gilbert, AZ), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), and Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA). Her work is in several public collections, including the center for Creative Photography and the Polaroid International Collection.

Her experience and technical interests are wide-ranging. Although "trained" as a photographer, her approach to image making explores the blending of photo-sensitive materials, digital media, printmaking and encaustics.

Hymer's current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Her richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. The images are visually seductive; a poetic beauty is revealed in often-overlooked and undervalued subjects.

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